16.11.2004 London design and tuning house Autodelta is to introduce simultaneously two stunning new models at the MPH’04 Motor Show this week, the Autodelta GT Super AND Autodelta 156 GTA AM
Autodelta@MPH04=650bhp! That’s the combined power developed by Autodelta’s newest Alfa Romeo-based sportscars, 328bhp Autodelta Alfa Romeo 156 GTA Selespeed 3.7 AM (Autodelta Maggiorata) and 320bhp Autodelta Alfa Romeo GT 3.2 Super (Supercharged).
London-based design and tuning house Autodelta is to introduce simultaneously both new models at the MPH’04 Motor Show (18-21 November, Earl’s Court, London), chosen as the ideal venue to showcase the results of Autodelta’s well known aspiration to bring Alfa Romeo style and power to the extreme.
The Autodelta 156 GTA AM, based on the highly acclaimed Alfa Romeo 156 GTA, is powered by a 328bhp 3.7 engine – a bored-out version of the standard 3.2 V6 unit – which made its world-wide debut in the Autodelta 147 3.7 GTA at the MPH’03 Show last year.
The increase in engine capacity (to 3750cc) and power is accompanied by suitable re-mapping of both the engine, which now red-lines at 7,300rpm, and the Selespeed system, thus further enhancing the model’s sporty character.
Like its smaller sister, the 147 3.7 GTA, Autodelta’s 156 GTA AM boasts a Ferrari-derived larger throttle, bespoke stainless exhaust system, manifolds and downpipes, a stronger clutch to cope with the extra power, 260lb ft of torque at 4700rpm, quadruple tailpipes at the back, and custom-built 8.5 x 18” light allow wheels wearing 235/40 tyres.
To help achieve the deadly quick
driving response and higher performance levels than the standard model, as it is
expected from a true sports saloon, the 156 GTA AM has been equipped with a
limited slip differential (with 30% progressive lock), uprated 355mm front
brakes with AP racing 6-pot callipers and a sports suspension.
Choosing to adopt the Rotrex supercharger is the result of two and a half years of durability and reliability testing of the unit in a wide range of Autodelta Alfa Romeo models. In order to match fuelling and ignition timing, the factory ECU has been remapped, and the installation has inbuilt safety features to control boost levels.
Like the Autodelta 156 GTA AM 3.7, and its smaller sister Autodelta 147 3.7 GTA, the newcomer has been fitted with limited slip differential, to rein in the extra power, and sports suspension with coil over dampers; top speed of 178mph is easier to achieve with the adoption of a longer sixth gear (which is not an overdrive) than the standard Alfa GT.
Autodelta’s own styling and
manufacturing arm Creativestudio, is responsible for the distinctive, overt
sporty look of both the 156 GTA AM and the GT Super; in contrast with the
factory-built Alfa Romeo 156 GTA, Autodelta’s Alfa 156 GTA AM boasts the more
recent Giugiaro-styled front, complemented by a specially designed full bodykit
which include front wings, front and rear bumpers, rear wheel arches, door
panels and boot spoiler.
Autodelta’s 156 GTA AM and GT Super, like all Autodelta models, are strictly customer-built, with their own plaque carrying the serial number.
‘After the success enjoyed by Autodelta Alfa 147 3.7 GTA, - we make two to three new cars to order a month - building its bigger sister felt like a natural progression; by comparison, the Autodelta GT Super is more the result of Autodelta wishing to explore different avenues to enhance both power and performance of an already popular sportscar.
'We remain committed to trying to improve on the sporty brand ‘par excellence’ Alfa Romeo, without betraying its spirit; the public response we got from our presence at the MPH’03 Show last year persuaded us to chose the MPH’04 this year to launch these two latest models’, says Autodelta Managing Director Jano Djelalian.
Autodelta Alfa Romeo 156 GTA AM 3.7 and Autodelta Alfa Romeo GT Super are shown at the MPH ‘04 Motor Show, MPH Gallery, stands B36 and B37.