26.08.2003

New Alfa Spider and Alfa GTV


Appealing style, refined technology and all the temperament of true sports cars: the new Alfa Spider and Alfa GTV offer all this at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Both models come with a brand-new look and a revised range of specifications and power units, though their timeless appeal is unchanged: driving satisfaction in a sporty, stylish package.
Firstly, the front end of both vehicles has been changed. The Pininfarina Style Centre redesigned the front end in line with current Brand motifs. For example, the shield is similar to those used on recent models (to ensure a family resemblance) in that its upper edge follows the bonnet and then plunges down to break the bumper outline.
The badge at the top centre is also surrounded by a hint of chrome that underscores the strength and communicative value of the signature. Chrome bars stand out against the black ground of the grille. These horizontal elements are extrapolated and spread to the side outlets to suggest that the car is well settled and firmly anchored to the ground. Lower down, two separate air intake openings are delimited by trapezoid foglights to form the traditional Alfa cloverleaf pattern.
The tradition 'V' motif on the bonnet spreads from the side pillars: two converging ribs that delimit and emphasise a central bulge that hints at the presence of the powerful, beefy engine beneath.
The new Alfa Spider and Alfa GTV also preserve the same wedge-shaped line emphasised by a cut-off tail that gives the vehicle body a strong sense of aggression. Similarly, it was decided not to change the strongly raked windscreen and the emphatically shelved side that give both models their slender, dynamic looks. The much-appreciated profile of both sports models has also been kept, including the Alfa GTV's high cut-off end and the open-topped sports car's slender, tapering rear.
The 16" light alloy wheels, on the other hand, are new, as are the three body shade options: Brunello Red, Racing Green and Cobalt Blue.
Several new features have been added inside the new Alfa Spider and Alfa GTV, beginning with a lower driver seating level in relation to the ground (H point) for improved driving comfort. The interiors have also been redefined to make them more stylish and user-friendly. This tendency is evident in the black facia and the brand-new central console panel that houses the ASR key, radio and satellite navigation system. The lighting on the instrument panel and controls is now red while Alfatex®, a new hi-tech cloth trim, is available for seats and door panels.
All these features again emphasise the philosophies of simple elegance and classic sportiness that have always distinguished Alfa's niche models.
The new Alfa Spider and Alfa GTV power units are also bound to arouse plenty of interest. Just for starters, the models now offer two engines that have already met with considerable success on other Alfa Romeo models: the 165 bhp 2.0 JTS and the 240 bhp 3.2 V6 24 valve.
The 2.0 JTS (Jet Thrust Stoichiometric) is a revolutionary petrol engine with direct injection that offers a specific power rating in excess of 60 kW/l and a specific torque of more than 100 Nm/l. The second power unit is the spirited 3.2 V6 24 valve unit, with a power output of 240 bhp at 6200 rpm that boasts a torque curve of up to 289 Nm at 4800 rpm and can ensure exhilarating performance during sporty driving and also during everyday use. More specifically, a GTV equipped with this engine reaches 255 km/h, a performance that makes this the fastest on-road car in Alfa Romeo's history.
The last power unit to grace the new range is the 150 bhp 2.0 T.Spark, a distillation of Alfa's experience in Twin Spark technology. The performance figures are outstanding: the GTV reaches a top speed of 215 km/h, while the Spider reaches 210 km/h. Both cars take just 8.5 seconds to speed from 0 to 100 km/h.

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