The Alfa Romeo GT three-door sports car came to light in 2003 at the Geneva Motor Show, and the first of the 80,832 produced cars started rolling off the production line the following January. Its manufacture was short-lived, lasting only until 2010 when Alfa faced problems of a shrinking luxury market. At present, Alfa Romeo has not announced plans to build a replacement.
Alfa’s GT is based on the same platform as the Alfa 156, sharing the same suspension set, while the interior design comes straight out of the 147 manual. The Alfa GT has the 147's climate control and dashboard layout and uses much of its electrical system.
For looks, Alfa Romeo always excel and their last Grand Tourer is no exception; great sweeping aerofoil lines, distinctive Alfa grille, and almond-shaped headlights lead to a broad, rounded boot with curving spoiler and integrated bumper. The bonnet is a classic, long, and creased design supporting a wide-raking windscreen. The wide C-pillars and rear seats do, however, make it difficult to see out of the back.
The interior has a typical Alfa feel to its luxurious curves, quality leather finish, and comfortable, premium level heated seats. The pure Italian looks are the brainchild of design house Bertone, and there is no mistaking the sleek lines that the company produced for Alfa’s last GT model.
The GT really takes off when fitted with the all-performing, 3.2L V6 petrol engine. This is truly the sports engine and will give the GT the performance worthy of a vehicle with the sports car tag. The 2.0L direct injection diesel is probably the most popular option with customers but lacks the honey, Alfa tones of the 3.2L exhaust.
The 2.0L is the economical unit, while the 3.2L has a published combined fuel consumption of 12L/100km, and older engines may be higher. For acceleration, without consideration for fuel consumption, the 3.2 lurches from 0-100km/h in 6.7 seconds, with a top speed of 243km/h. This is due to the 177kW of power it puts out and a torque force of 206Nm being used. There is no real choice where transmission is concerned, and the engines are all either hooked up to a 5- or 6-speed manual gearbox.
Road holding is excellent too with the ventilated disc brakes, linked into the ABS, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, and Brake Assist, making sure the GT corners nicely. The suspension ensures the car sits low to the road, and the array of on-board devices, such as Anti Slip Regulation, Electronic Stability Program, Vehicle Dynamic Control, and Traction Control, give perfect handling on the road. Being a front-wheel drive, the GT is far more driver-interactive than you would imagine, and there is lots of enjoyment to be had pushing the car along.
If you pick up a GT that was sold as standard, you can expect to find comforting duel zone climate control, cruise control, environmentally activated wipers, 18-inch alloys, and rear parking sensors. The 60/40 rear seats fold to give an increased cargo space, and there is also a ski hatch for those winter trips to the mountains. Internal safety is also well catered for with 6 airbags and electronic stability taking care of all inside.
On the infotainment side, Alfa has allowed for all the modern gadgets with USB/iPod ports, trip computer, and a quality Bose stereo unit with 8 speakers dotted around, but why drown out the sound of the gorgeous growling engine? The addition of alloy pedals and stainless steel kick plates all give the GT the impression of a sporty race car.
The quality and elegance of the Alfa GT immediately shine through; its classy lines and proud style put many of its more costly rivals in the shade even before you open the door. Alfa had their GT see competition from the BMW 3-Series, Lotus Elise, Aston Martin DB7, Audi A5, Nissan Skyline, and VW Golf GTi.
An Alfa Romeo of any model means style and verve in packets, and the GT is just that. Alfa always manages to produce cars that look different, that are trendsetters for design rather than followers. There are faster, more economical, and bigger coupe sports cars out there, but none that can match the GT for its looks. Its identifiable engine tone and sensual lines immediately let you know it’s an Alfa. If you want to travel in fashionable luxury, then the Alfa Romeo GT is the car for you.