Road test 2002 Alfa Romeo 156 GTA (saloon) The Car Enthusiast

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Assume you are a single man or woman. yourself in a room with most amazing specimens of the sex, all vying for your attention. Imagine how difficult it be to decide between them. How in the of the gods can you have them

At the same time, you must that the thought of such an is incredibly exciting. Now, in a way you understand how it feels to review the Romeo 156 GTA.

Potential number one is the familiar silhouette of the Romeo 156 saloon. Would you that the 156 was first launched to the in 1997? As I write this that is five years To my eyes, it has lost none of its and Italian originality.

From a or at a glance, it may look like a thanks to the simple movement of the door handle to the C-pillar. The front door handles the effect. The flanks are smooth and yet the nose could belong to no marque but Alfa Romeo. that point home is the number plate position, the sharp Alfa grille. So I’ve only described the 156 shape.

The GTA takes it all a step The GTA is the 156 after an intensive muscle-toning Yet, it remains subtle not to offend other road

The arches are extended, but not cheaply of A body kit has been attached, my wording does not describe how integrated it is. The front splitter and skirts are particularly complementary to the shape.

A small criticism is the rear bumper looks a unfinished, and the exhaust seems to in mid-air clumsily rather in an integrated manner as Alfa have managed to incorporate in the new 147 GTA pictures from the 2002 NEC Show for instance). However, with the darker headlight the overall effect is successful. Not people take the GTA to be anything than a special car.

it most definitely is.

Thankfully, the continues the theme. This suitor is wrapped in black with curves as far as the eye can see. have cleverly not skimped on either. After all, the GTA will set you back the best of Ј30,000.

I must admit, like to see a stripped out version, but the interior is a good place to be. You be glad to know that it is not like other saloon The fascia wraps around the and passenger, though some of the used are unusual to say the least. The parts are done well wheel, pedals, gearlever), it took me a few days to find a driving position. One can’t but think that some of the has been sacrificed in the name of

Saying that, the aesthetics may be a very attractive proposition.

if you are a regular reader of The Car Enthusiast you know that we don’t put style above substance. suitor number two — the experience. By the experience, I am first of all about the chassis, and how it feels to it. The GTA after all is a front-wheel drive with a not inconsiderable weight to around.

Cynics might how BMW and Mercedes-Benz wouldn’t compromise in way, but cynics are generally to lead a dull life, by passion or enriched by new experiences. the 156 GTA down one of your favourite hard and you will not be disappointed. It is a masterpiece. You sense a direct with the individual components.

The is wonderfully quick, yet full of allowing you to place the GTA with precision.

The 156 GTA handles a typical A-road aplomb. In fact, it is possibly too for that. In the wet or dry it allows you to seamlessly together fast and slower


This is not a surprising result All 156s feature a double suspension up front. Compared to the of the recently revised 156 range, the GTA has a lower beam, different link fastening position on the new spring and damper settings, a anti-roll bar and a lower ride At the rear, pick-up points are as are the damper and spring settings and the bar. I would not dare the Alfa Romeo Design and team of taking common cuts such as merely a lowering kit on the car.

Well, not driven the GTA on some particularly British B-roads anyway.

Not is the chassis precise, it is also very capable. Grip are quite high, but that mean you will get sudden when you exceed those Slides are progressive and certainly Bearing in mind our November most of our driving was done in conditions as well.

The brakes are On first acquaintance, I considered to be a little ‘grabby’ driving town, but on the open road, and speed, they fill the with confidence, stopping little fuss, time and again. Most of the time the ABS is not while driving ‘con in the wet, but there was one strange where the rear end stepped out braking into a tight hand corner.

The car was easily controllable though, danger. However, I think drivers may be caught out by the fact it does not handle like a front wheel drive Alfa Romeo have to give it a much more fun than those cynics comprehend.

Note that I intentionally not centred on the reason for the doubt — all 250bhp and of it — the engine. Suitor three, and certainly the most You may remember that we drove the Romeo GTV Cup last year. It was by the classic 3.0-litre V6 Alfa which I concluded was the soul of the As expected, the next evolution of unit does not disappoint.

The 156 GTA a new 3.2-litre V6. The extra capacity was through lengthening the stroke. the engineers were not content that. The intake and exhaust have been increased in as well, necessitating different timing and a whole new engine

An oil cooler was also deemed

To be honest, I don’t care they have actually The Alfa V6 used to be a classic. it now goes beyond that. It is less than glorious.

enough, it will suit any of driver. You want to trundle the motorway at 70mph with the odd on the throttle to get past that doing 69? No problem, leave the in 6th (yes it has six forward gears) and you be more than content your progress.

You want to the cobwebs on a fresh November on a deserted B-road? Great, the engine on the boil and you shall be by wads of torque, and a soundtrack to die The engine in the GTA really is that

Sitting in traffic fails to the GTA engine’s potential. It idles as you’d expect, but there is a ‘burble’ there — if ever I heard it! The first you accelerate through the gears take your breath

Yes, it acquires speed at a rate (you can read the below), but the noise is simply Something tells me that the stereo system will not get to its full potential in the GTA. How can I describe it to you?

We should start sampling notes and putting them as a download. Yes, it really is good and no we didn’t record it. You have to spend a hell of a lot money to beat the noise the engine emits.

Which me back to your quandary. Do you aesthetics, handling, or a powerplant to the best? You don’t have to. You may now all three lovers.

Oh, and if you are not really you can actually fit the family in the 156 GTA as well. there’s even a ‘Sportwagon’ — the ultimate in subtle aspirations?

Road test: Alfa Romeo 156 GTA (saloon)

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