Friday, April 24, 2009

Alfa Romeo GT

Alfa Romeo GT
The Alfa Romeo GT is a sports car produced by the Italian automaker Alfa Romeo since 2004. The GT was introduced in March 2003 Geneva Motor Show and it came for sale in Italian markets January 2004.
The GT was based on the platform of Alfa's outgoing mid-size 156 sedan/saloon car, with the coupé body styled by Bertone.Most mechanicals are taken directly from the 156,with some influence from the slightly more modern 147 in the double wishbone front suspension setup and the multilink rear system. The interior is based heavily on that of the smaller hatchback 147 and utilises many common parts. The GT utilises the same dash layout and functions as well as having a very similar electrical system. The engine range includes 2.0 petrol engine, a 1.9 MultiJet turbodiesel, and a top-of-the-range 3.2 V6 petrol.

The GT is positioned as a luxurious Grand Tourer in Alfa Romeo's range, and sits alongside the more sporting Brera (which is based on the newer mid-size Alfa 159 sedan/saloon car.) Both cars can be viewed as successors to the 916-series GTV. Keeping two mid-sized sports coupés in production simultaneously is unusual and the two cars could be construed as being in competition with each other. If Alfa Romeo is viewed as the sporting arm of the larger FIAT group however the move makes more sense: with no sporting FIAT badged cars currently in production, the marketplace arguably has ample room for both these cars, each being tailored to a different niche. Historically Alfa's strategy of developing sporting cars from their conventional sedan/saloon car offerings has found much favour among traditional Alfisti, and ensured good sales.
In 2006 Alfa introduced a 1.9 JTD Q2 version with limited slip differential, and also added a new trim level called Black Line.

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