18.09.2002 ALFA ROMEO
RELEASE FIRST IMAGES AND INFORMATION ON ALFA 147 GTA AHEAD OF PARIS SALON
Romeo have finally released official images and technical detail of the
147 GTA which will make its public debut at the 75th Paris Motor Show in
ten days time. The 147 GTA follows on from the successful debut of the
156 GTA and Sportwagon GTA which were introduced earlier this year, the
GTA-branding slowly being introduced across the Alfa Romeo range to mark
out each models out-and-out performance version.
The Alfa Romeo 147 GTA is fitted with the 3.2-litre 24v V6 engine from the 156 GTA, this configuration settled upon after earlier rejection of a 2.0 4-cyl turbo route. Along with this powerplant the 147 GTA has a revised suspension set-up, upgraded braking and improved safety systems. Larger 17in alloy wheels with 225/45 profile tyres are fitted.
The Alfa 147's wishbone front and MacPherson rear suspension have been upgraded. Choosing to fit a 3.2-litre V6 engine in a mid-size front wheel drive car has involved much modification to allow the GTA to offer optimum handling characteristics.
The design brief aimed to keep the 147 saloon's shape as intact as possible, apart from the larger wheels, the main visual differences are larger front and rear bumpers and a bigger bore exhaust. The front bumper is cut away to assist cooling of the 3.2-litre engine, while additional air intakes have been located between the headlights and grille.
In the field of active safety, the Alfa 147 GTA offers sophisticated electronic devices for the control of vehicle dynamic behaviour: from braking to traction. ABS and EBD to distribute brakeforce over front and rear wheels; ASR to limit wheel slip during acceleration; a cutting-edge VDC for stability control on corners and MSR to modulate brake torque while changing down through the gears. The Alfa 147 GTA VDC also comes with a TCS (Traction Control System). The system is active only at speeds below 40 km/h and automatically brakes the drive wheels during take-off or abrupt acceleration on roads with poor grip. The car is therefore made more stable even under critical conditions.
No performance data has been released as yet.
|17.09.2002: Pre-launch official
Alfa Romeo press introduction:
A few short months after the launch of the 156 and Sportwagon GTA, the 147 also joins the GTA family, an exclusive club whose numbers are destined to swell over the next few years as they are joined by out-and-out sports versions of new Alfa Romeo models. The GTAs represent the very purest distillation of brand values: Alfa Romeo is world-renowned for its ability to produce good-looking, sporty cars that combine a glittering racing pedigree with the cream of contemporary engineering. Cars that enhance everyday driving experiences with a true racing feel and authentic driving satisfaction.
The Alfa 147 GTA upholds these attributes but, like the 156 and Sportwagon GTA before it, is also able to add something extra when called upon: more performance, more handling, more braking capacity. In other words, the dynamic behaviour of a car that spices your everyday driving experience with racetrack sensation. This philosophy is encapsulated by the slogan used to advertise the Giulia Sprint GTA in another age of motoring: 'The car you drive to work is a champion'.
The designers who created the Alfa 147 GTA were given a very specific brief: to create a car for everyday use that could, under the right circumstances, ensure customers the performance, behaviour and driving sensations of a car built for racing. Without detracting in any way from the stylish, understated shape that typifies this compact Alfa Romeo car.
Although no constraints were set, the designers preferred to highlight functional aspects of the car and made radical changes to the already excellent base offered by the sporty Alfa 147. In other words, they altered all the parts that affect the car's dynamism. Hence the powerful, vital 3.2 V6 24V engine, completely new suspension geometry and settings, state-of-the-art active safety systems and new sports alloy wheels. The result is a car capable of thrilling performance (it is the most powerful car in its segment) and truly scintillating responses in terms of dynamism, ride and handling. All in all, a car for those who demand the very best when it comes to sportiness. And want it to be known, albeit without ostentation.
Hence the decision not to make radical changes to the much-lauded shape of the original saloon. But limit exterior changes to a few features that add extra oomph to the model's sporty appeal. All the design changes emphasise the functional appearance of the car and are the result of uncompromising technical alterations to the frame and mechanical units without a spoiler or flashy add-on in sight.
The car is still recognisable from the outside and simply looks like a more beefy Alfa 147: wider, lower to the ground and more evidently glued to the road. This is partly due to the tyres fitted: 225/45 tyres on 17" wheels. Ten body colours are available on the GTA, including the outstanding Nuvola White, an iridescent shade exclusive to the model.
All in all, more performance
and more aggressive styling, but also improved handling and safety upgraded
to handle the new performance levels. The suspension, for example, assures
the car outstanding dynamic responses coupled with superlative comfort.
The choice fell on the tried and tested configuration that brought such
success to the Alfa 147: high double wishbones at the front (the only car
in its segment to adopt this configuration) and an advanced MacPherson
layout at the rear.
- smooth, precise steering;
In the field of active safety, the Alfa 147 GTA unleashes the most sophisticated electronic devices for the control of vehicle dynamic behaviour: from braking to traction. In other words, ABS and also EBD to distribute brakeforce over front and rear wheels; ASR to limit wheel slip during acceleration; a cutting-edge VDC for stability control on corners and MSR to modulate brake torque while changing down through the gears. The Alfa 147 GTA VDC also comes with a TCS (Traction Control System). The system is active only at speeds below 40 km/h and automatically brakes the drive wheels during take-off or abrupt acceleration on roads with poor grip. The car is therefore made more stable even under critical conditions.
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