At the beginning of the seventies, Alfa Romeo felt compelled to implement a series of innovations within its beautiful model range. The 1750 Berlina was succeeded by the Alfetta and that event foreshadowed the arrival of a new coupé version, which would gradually replace the Bertone models: the Alfa Romeo Alfetta GT & Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV series.
As was clear in advance, the new coupé was therefore assigned a heavy task. In this case too, Giugiaro was commissioned to design a successor to the long-running series of Sprint coupés and GTVs, which bore Bertone's signature. Giugiaro's new creation became a child of its time. It shared its technical base with the Alfetta. The engine was located at the front. Differential, gearbox and clutch were placed at the rear. The trans axle technology ensured optimum weight distribution and – in combination with the chassis – excellent road holding.
The Alfa Romeo Alfetta GT and Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV also received sharply drawn lines. The interior also had an angular character. In 1974 this Bertone successor debuted as the Alfetta GT, with 1779 cc engine. Two years later, the Alfetta GT 1.6 followed, which, together with the new Alfetta GTV 2000, initiated the swan song of the GT with 1779 cc power source. The arrival of the Alfetta GTV 2000 also put an end to production of the last of the legendary Bertone Mohicans: the Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTV.
Modifications in 1980
Alfa Romeo, for example, reaped the benefits of the innovation in its sedan and coupé middle class. The Alfetta models turned out to be especially popular in their home country, and they also turned out to be regular and welcome guests abroad. In the autumn of 1980, Alfa Romeo launched a modified version of this model generation. Henceforth, the Alfa Romeo Alfetta GT/GTV continued as GTV. Important changes were the different rear lights, a modified interior, less chrome and various plastic elements, which were finished in black in accordance with the zeitgeist. The 1.6 engine variant disappeared from the range, the 2.0 remained.
The arrival of the six-cylinder
Alfa Romeo made another important development within the GTV saga. The modified coupé was also available with the new 2492 cc Busso V6 from the Alfa 6. After this modification, the coupé was given the name GTV6. The engine delivered a maximum power of 160 hp and a maximum torque of 220 Nm. In order to get the large power source – with Bosch injection – appropriate, a new hood with an elevation had to be designed. In 1983 Alfa Romeo decided to implement some cosmetic and technical modifications – and a much improved corrosion prevention. Among other things, the ratios of the gearbox were revised. Furthermore, the interior and the dashboard were updated.
137.579 times produced enthusiastic car
Production of the Alfa Romeo GTV and GTV6 continued until 1987. It was produced 137.579 times, but today this special model by Giorgetto Giugiaro is no longer an everyday occurrence. It makes the car desirable. The model was, among other things, an image for the expressive and beautiful Alfa Romeo range from those years. For that reason too, the Alfa Romeo GT/GTV series based on the Alfetta grew into a car with a real enthusiast status. Especially the Alfa Romeo purists will agree.
Special versions regularly appeared during the construction period of the Alfa Romeo GT and GTV models with Alfetta base. We name a few of these series. Autodelta already produced some versions for rallying in 1974. In 1977 – at the insistence of the German Alfa dealer Reiff – a special series was built with a 2.6 V8 engine from the Montreal. This led to about twenty copies of this exotic Reiff coupe, which was also exhibited at the IAA in Frankfurt in 1977. Later 400 GTV 2.0 Turbodeltas saw the light of day. These street versions were built for homologation purposes for the Group 4 rally car. And the Dutch Savali built some 3.0 liter variants of the GTV6. A special mention deserves the South African-built GTV series, which was equipped with the 3.0 V6 engine developed by Autodelta. This strongest GTV was built in an edition of 200 units.
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