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Alfa Romeo GTV


When the Romeo Giulia Sprint GTV was from production in 1974, introduced the Alfetta GT fastback to replace it. Virtually everything was Only the dohc four-cylinder with Spica fuel was retained.

The Alfetta’s independent suspension was similar to the GTV’s, but had torsion bars in place of springs. Drive was carried to a transmission in unit with the to form a rear transaxle was part of a De Dion assembly coil springs. Brakes disc all around, with the moved inboard to reduce weight.

The Alfetta GT came to the U.S. in with the 1962-cc engine, but was in Europe with a choice of 1.8-, and 2.0-liter engines. The became GTV in 1976, then to Sprint Veloce in 1978.

All the same fastback coupe again by Bertone. While than previous Alfa it wasn’t noted as an aesthetic It also wasn’t quite enough to provide practical for four, and wasn’t sleek to be either a true GT or sports And though it looked like it have had a hatchback, it didn’t.

However, these models the best-handling Alfas to date, because of excellent suspension and partly because of the near-equal weight distribution conferred by the transaxle.

In 1981, this car on a new image and a new powerplant to become the Romeo GTV-6. Exterior sheetmetal and remained much as before, but suspension, brakes, transaxle, and tires were all upgraded to with a bigger and more engine. It turned out to be a sterling new V-6, with a single camshaft on each bank, by toothed belt, plus L-Jetronic fuel injection for both the American and European

Inclined valves above chambers were retained, but now actuated by a rather complicated The camshafts were directly the intake valves, but worked the valves via tappets, transverse and rocker arms. Displacement was cc from a bore of 88 mm and a … of mm, a far cry from Alfa’s long-… of old.

Rated horsepower was 154 at 5500 rpm with 152 lbs-ft at 3200 rpm, enough to the 2840-pound GTV-6 from 0 to 60 mph in 8.4 and on to a top speed of 125 mph.

A view under the hood of the Romeo GTV-6.

Alfa Romeo GTV

The interior wasn’t either. A tilt wheel, upholstery, higher-grade carpeting, and air conditioning all made the driver good, even if they contribute to performance. Even welcome was a new dashboard with all placed directly in front of the eliminating the odd arrangement of previous in which the speedometer and minor were inconveniently placed in the of the dash.

The shift mechanism to the rear-mounted was thought to be somewhat soft and Complaints were voiced the twin-disc clutch being though it never slipped. But are things that could be through development, and were.

The part of the Alfa Romeo GTV-6 was its balance and overall handling. and Alfa loyalists alike why this suspension couldn’t be put the Spider. It could, of course, but management didn’t want to go any with their convertible.

the Alfa Romeo GTV-6 will be is uncertain in the wake of Alfa takeover by Fiat in 1987. If lucky, the new owners will this spirited but aesthetically coupe with something modern — dare we say — and that should be worth waiting for.

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