Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas has bought an Alfa Romeo Giulia GTAm.
Finished in red, the the limited-edition GTAm is the most powerful Alfa Romeo ever built.
Only 500 examples of the GTA and GTAm will be available worldwide.
Bottas, who drives for the Alfa Romeo F1 team, is a lifelong car enthusiast, but most of all he loves Alfas.
“It is an honor for me to be an ambassador of the brand and now to become a customer, an owner of one of the 500 Giulia GTAs,” he said.
“It’s a technically excellent vehicle, realised in collaboration with Sauber Engineering by leveraging the expertise and technical know-how that comes directly from Formula 1.
“For car and motorsport enthusiasts it represents so much more. It revives one of the legends of motorsports, the 1965 Giulia GTA, and perfectly embodies the brand’s DNA, passion for motorsport, driving pleasure, and a unique and distinctive styling appeal.”
Based on the Giulia Quadrifoglio, GTA is priced from $268,000, the track-ready GTAm with harness and roll bar from $288,000 — the pinnacle of the Alfa performance range.
Thanks to the extensive adoption of ultralight materials, it benefits from a weight reduction of up to 100kg and is equipped with an upgraded version of Alfa’s 2.9-litre twin turbo V6 that produces 397kW of power, with 0-100km/h taking just 3.6 seconds.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA has revived one of motoring’s legends and a milestone in the brand’s history: the 1965 Giulia GTA.
The ultimate expression of Alfa Romeo’s unique ability to combine style and performance, this model represents an authentic return to Alfa Romeo’s roots, founded in the world of performance and grand touring.
The initials GTA represent “Gran Turismo Alleggerita” (“Gran Turismo Lite”), invented in 1965 for the Giulia Sprint GTA, a specific version derived from the Sprint GT.
The vehicle was created for racing and was unveiled at the Amsterdam Motor Show that year.
Success in competitions came very soon after: three consecutive “Challenge Europeo Marche,” dozens of national championships and hundreds of single races all over the world.
Since then, the GTA has become a historic marker, as an undisputed icon of Biscione sportsmanship, the power of its initials persuades the public to identify Alfa Romeo sports cars in general simply as “GTA.”
Alfa Romeo’s F1 manager Cristiano Fiorio said it was a special moment for Alfa Romeo.
“Valtteri Bottas is an exceptional professional. A long career in F1 studded with 10 grand prix wins is evidence.,” he said.
“His desire to join the inner and exclusive circle of Giulia GTA customers fills us with pride. In a world of business often driven by contractual obligations, today we are celebrating something different: Valtteri has shown us that sometimes passion drives our choices. Welcome Valtteri to the heart of Alfa Romeo.”