Romeo is an interesting brand. While sales numbers of its mainstream
157 and 166 remain low, it is spending a lot of resources into niche
Today, its niche lineup include only the GTV / Spider twins, but 2
later this will grow to a 3 lines. On the top of the niche family will
be the 400-horsepower 8C Competizione sports car. Position beneath it
be the next generation GTV and Spider, taking inspiration from
Brera concept car. At the lower end of the spectrum sits a more
and affordable coupe based on the current 147 / 157 platform. Alfa
this car simply "GT".
The Alfa GT
Bertone. Unmistakably an Alfa, unmistakably a coupe version of the 147.
Compare with 147, its more steeply raked windscreen, low roofline,
boot and optional 18-inch wheels create tensions on the body surface,
it looks sportier than BMW 3-series Coupe yet more elegant than both
147GTA and 156GTA. Detailing is also fantastic, as you can see in the
and front air intakes at the bumper. Nevertheless, the Bertone design
not break the mould from the current styling theme of Alfa Romeo. This
is a bit disappointing for those who still remember how
the great Italian styling house used to be.
the car is produced by Alfa Romeo itself in the Naples factory
147. It also shares most of its parts with the hatchback, including the
dashboard you face as well as mechanical parts you can’t see. However,
for the benefit of rear passengers, the GT sits on the same 2596mm
as the 156.
like 147, the cabin of the GT is inviting, beautifully trimmed and has
better quality plastics than many German rivals. Higher-spec models
beautiful leather seats and a classy, two-ton leather trim all over the
cabin. Visibility is not great though, because of smaller glass area
thick C-pillars. Rear accommodation actually falls short behind the
strangely, despite of the extended wheelbase. Tall passengers will find
both head and leg-room limited. However, by coupe standard it is never
impractical. The boot provides 320 litres of luggage space.
The Alfa GT is
the same engines as 147 and 156. This means 140hp 1.8 (twin-spark),
2.0 JTS (direct-injection) and 240hp 3.2 V6 in the petrol side, plus
1.9 Multi-jet inline-4 and, later on, 175hp 2.4 Multi-jet inline-5 in
diesel side. As the GT is heavier than the equivalent 147, it is also
slower. However, compare with the equivalent BMW 3-series Coupe it has
an advantage in performance, because the GT is both lighter and more
For example, the 2.0 JTS offers 22hp more than the 2.0-litre 318Ci yet
weighs 70kg less. It is therefore 0.7 seconds quicker to accelerate
0 to 60mph. Similarly, the V6 has an advantage of 9hp, 100kg and 0.3
strong cards of Alfa, especially is the case of V6. Wonderfully smooth,
revvy and lovely to the ears. The 2.0 engine is also a superb
no question. But now Alfa also shines in the diesel side, thanks to the
Multi-jet common-rail turbo engines supplied by Fiat. Being powerful,
and extremely refined, they are really world-beater. Expect many of the
customers will turn to the diesel camp.
Alfa GT is still not good enough to trouble BMW 3-series Coupe, no
handling and refinement. Yes, compare with 147GTA it is already an
thanks to the 15% stiffer chassis and retuned suspensions. It rides
and quieter than 147 and balance better than it. However, its quick
delivers less feel than the BMW and ride quality is no where near it.
V6 feels nose heavy beside a 330Ci. At the limit, you will be reminded
it is front-wheel drive. In short, it doesn’t come close enough to the
BMW in the dynamic aspect.
on its side,
however. It is price. 15% cheaper than an equivalent 3-series Coupe is
undoubtedly attractive.... until you meet a Mazda RX-8.