Gran Turismo Allegerito sounds so sexy in Italian, when it really just means “Grand Touring Light Weight” in English. The name is banal, but the GTA products in Alfa Romeo”s lineup have always been scorching. The first GTA’s dominated sports car racing in Europe and America (until the Datsun 510 came around), and subsequent cars, like the 156 GTA and 147 GTA, re-wrote the book on powerful front-wheel drive cars.
The newest GTA models are expected to be found at both the lowest and highest ends of Alfa’s lineup. The MiTo GTA, a sporty Alfa for the common man, is expected to pack 240 horsepower from a turbo-four engine, the appropriate chassis tuning and exterior bits. The MiTo GTA was supposed to be out already, but the economic downturn of 2009 forced its shelving for the time being. Clearly, this car is important to Alfa and the company wants it ready in time for their birthday bash, and a possible return to North America.
At the other end of the spectrum is Alfa’s 8C Competizione GTA. With 500 horsepower and 330 fewer pounds trimmed away, the 8C GTA should be blisteringly fast, and stunningly beautiful. With an expected production run of 100 cars, don’t expect to get your hands on one unless you are rolling in cash, and on good terms with your local Alfa distributor.
Gallery: Alfa Romeo 8C