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Alfa Romeo GTV-6

the Alfa Romeo Giulia GTV was dropped from production in Alfa introduced the Alfetta GT coupe to replace it. Virtually was new. Only the dohc engine with Spica injection was retained.

The Alfetta’s front suspension was similar to the but had longitudinal torsion bars in of coil springs. Drive was to a 5-speed transmission in unit the differential to form a rear that was part of a De Dion with coil springs. were disc all around, the rears moved inboard to unsprung 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.

these models were the Alfas to date, partly of excellent suspension geometry and because of the near-equal fore/aft distribution conferred by the rear

In 1981, this car took on a new and a new powerplant to become the Alfa 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 stroke of mm, a far cry from Alfa’s long-stroke 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 the hood of the Alfa Romeo

The interior wasn’t overlooked A tilt wheel, leather higher-grade carpeting, and standard air all made the driver feel even if they didn’t to performance. Even more was a new dashboard with all instruments directly in front of the driver, the odd arrangement of previous models in the speedometer and minor gauges inconveniently placed in the center of the


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 best part of the Alfa GTV-6 was its excellent balance and handling. Critics and Alfa alike wondered why this couldn’t be put under the Spider. It of course, but Alfa management want to go any further with convertible.

Whether the Alfa GTV-6 will be replaced is in the wake of Alfa Romeo’s by Fiat in 1987. If we’re the new owners will replace spirited but aesthetically awkward with something truly — dare we say futuristic? and that should be well waiting for.

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