Alfa Romeo 147 GTA

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Alfa Romeo 147

September 24, 2002 – After the launch of the 156 and Sportwagon GTA, the 147 also joins the GTA family. As with it’s forebears it’s aim is to offer a driving experience with more performance, more handling, more braking capacity. According to Alfa Romeo, the dynamic behaviour of a car that spices your everyday driving experience with racetrack sensation.

The designers who created the Alfa 147 GTA were given a very specific brief: to create a car for everyday use that could, under the right circumstances, ensure customers the performance, behaviour and driving sensations of a car built for racing. Without detracting in any way from the stylish, understated shape that typifies this compact Alfa Romeo car.

Although no constraints were set, the designers preferred to highlight functional aspects of the car and made radical changes to the already excellent base offered by the sporty Alfa 147. Hence the powerful, vital 3.2 V6 24V engine, completely new suspension geometry and settings, state-of-the-art active safety systems and new sports alloy wheels.

The result is a car capable of thrilling performance (it is the most powerful car in its segment) and truly scintillating responses in terms of dynamism, ride and handling.

Alfa Romeo 147

It was decided not to make radical changes to the much-lauded shape of the original saloon, but to limit exterior changes to a few features that add extra oomph to the sporty appeal. At the front a new bumper fascia features additional air intakes flanking the grille, and the indicators are moved to the lower edge of the bumper. At the rear, a spoiler is added at the top of the screen, and large mesh-covered ducts are a major feature of the new rear bumper.

All the design changes emphasise the functional appearance of the car and are mostly the result of technical alterations to the frame and mechanical units.

The car is still recognisable from the outside and simply looks like a more beefy Alfa 147: wider, lower to the ground and more evidently glued to the road. This is partly due to the tyres fitted: 225/45 tyres on 17 wheels. Ten body colours are available on the GTA, including the outstanding Nuvola White, an iridescent shade exclusive to the model.

In the field of active safety, the Alfa 147 GTA uses sophisticated electronics for the control of vehicle dynamic behaviour: from braking to traction. ABS and EBD distribute brakeforce over front and rear wheels; ASR to limit wheel slip during acceleration; a cutting-edge VDC for stability control on corners and MSR to modulate brake torque while changing down through the gears. The Alfa 147 GTA VDC also comes with TCS (Traction Control System).

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