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Alfa Romeo GT

Broadcast dates : 11th September 2005
17th September 2005

Letís get one thing out of the way right now. The Alfa Romeo GT is one of the most beautiful motorcars on the blue planet!

Scalloped bonnet lines curving seductively into the traditional heart-shaped grille, eighteen-inch alloys and fine-mesh intakes also hint at serious performance potential. Weíre looking at a true sports touring machine!

The interior is very similar to the 147 GTA with some detail changes.

The GT is none-the-worse for that, as the sporting character is perfectly in keeping with the pin-sharp exterior lines.

The seats are perhaps a bit snug for larger people, but theyíll hold you firmly in place during fast cornering.

The oh-so-chic exterior is the work of long-time Alfa collaborator Bertone. This Italian styling house also designed the now much-sought-after Alfa GT Junior of the 1970ís. And thereís little doubt that the 2005 GT will be just as iconic in years to come.

The GT is available, oddly enough, with a 1,9 litre diesel engine. But our test model had the glorious 3,2 litre V6 engine, replete with trademark polished inlet tracts.

This is, in effect, a GTA motor, detuned slightly from a 184 to a 176 kiloWatts. Itís fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox driving through the front wheels.
The suspension is based on re-calibrated 156 Sportwagon specs. 

Rumour has it that Alfa is forsaking front-wheel-drive for its performance models and reverting to rear-wheel-drive after a twenty-year hiatus. This is to compete with the ever-more-powerful German sports models from the likes of BMW and Mercedes.

Those who remember the 1984 Alfa GT V6 three-litre will not be unhappy with a rear-wheel-drive renaissance.

Thereís plenty of potential in that soul-brother V6 thatís impossible to fully exploit with front-wheel-drive. But for now, the GT is inspirational in its own right.

What price do you place on such sexiness? For R329 000 you get 0-100 km/h in seven seconds, a 250 kp/h top-speed, and real-time space for four-people.

As for style, Giorgio Armani must be eating his heart out!

Alfa Romeo GT 3,2 V6
  • Engine: V6 petrol, 3 179 cc
  • Power: 176 kW @ 6 200 rpm
  • Torque: 300 Nm @ 4 800 rpm
  • Transmission: Six-speed manual, front-wheel-drive
  • 0-100 km/h: 7,04 seconds
  • Top speed: 242 km/h
  • Fuel consumption: 14,3 litres/100 km (Car Magazine figures)
  • Price: R329 000

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