It looks like an Italian race car with four doors.
The Giulia Quadrifoglio is already an impressive sports sedan, but Alfa Romeo wanted to push things even further with the 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA, a limited edition, more hardcore version of the Quadrifoglio that is considered a bit too wild for the US. Perhaps this is for the best, as the Giulia GTA costs a staggering $193,000, and the stripped out GTAm costs around $200,000.
Alfa Romeo has yet to confirm whether the US market will receive these cars, but that hasn't stopped the automaker from testing them on the track. To do so, Alfa Romeo brought in two Formula 1 drivers from its racing team, Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi. Sauber engineering, operators of the Alfa Romeo Racing F1 team, also helped develop the carbon fiber components in the GTA and GTAm.
Sauber employed its wind tunnel to test the aerodynamic components, including the wing appendages and fully-faired underbody. Both the front and rear wings feature manual adjustment, allowing drivers to adapt the aerodynamics to different roads and tracks. The GTA and GTAm feature a new rear diffuser that increases downforce and grip at high speeds, while the GTAm gets a unique high-downforce aerodynamic configuration with a lift coefficient that is three times higher than a standard Quadrifoglio.
In a video shot at Balocco, Alfa Romeo's test track, we see Raikkonen and Giovinazzi give their impressions of the aerodynamic profiles and help fine-tune the vehicle dynamics. "It is great to see the improvements we made to the cars today," Giovinazzi said after recommending a new single locking nut for the wheels.
"I find them a perfect mix of everyday use and track use," Raikkonen said of the balance from the wings, diffuser, and the underbody fairing.
The Giulia GTA and GTAm each come with a highly-tuned version of the Quadrifoglio's 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6, producing 540 horsepower. Only 500 examples are planned for production.