Alfa Romeo finally ended the final testing phase Julia GTAm. The last stop of the test was the Finnish Formula One driver Kimi Raikkonen personally assessing the road-legal sports car at the Balocco proving ground.
Prior to this, Raikkonen had driven Giulia GTA and GTAm last year and provided engineers with valuable feedback on the car’s aerodynamic performance, especially the adjustable front splitter and manually adjustable rear wing.
Raikkonen said that through the modification, the car “is better balanced at high speeds. The front of the car seems to be lower, making the steering faster. It is fast, easy to drive and responsive.” He also likes this very much He said: “We are looking for a car that can be used both daily and on the track, so that you can really enjoy it.”
As a reminder, both Giulia GTA (short for Gran Turismo Alleggerita) and GTAm are based on the Quadrifoglio model, but have been upgraded to the most powerful version of Giulia. The GTA is an ordinary four-seater car, but the GTAm is more hardcore, equipped with two racing bucket seats, a roll cage and a six-point seat belt. They share the same 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6 gasoline engine with Quadrifoglio, although adjusted to 540 horsepower, or 30 horsepower higher than Quadrifoglio’s factory adjustment.
However, GTAm completes a 0-100 km/h sprint in 3.6 seconds, which is 0.3 seconds faster than Quadrifoglio. This is due to the extensive use of carbon fiber provided by Sauber Engineering (for weight reduction and aerodynamic optimization). The new front bumper, side skirts, rear diffuser and rear spoiler are all tested in the wind tunnel, plus the entire bottom is completely streamlined to reduce turbulence.
If you are lucky enough to be one of 500 exclusive car owners, Alfa Romeo will provide you with a personalized experience package, which is equipped with a Bell helmet with a special GTA painting, a full racing suit (racing suit, gloves and shoes) from Alpinestars and a personalized Goodwool car cover. Customers can also participate in specific driving courses designed by Alfa Romeo Driving School.
Gallery: Alfa Romeo Giulia GTAm in Montreal Greenland