Peter Grunert of Top Gear Magazine
I don't think I like this guy and here's why..... [img]smilies/wink.gif[/img]
That's it I'm off to buy an anorak [img]smilies/biggrin.gif[/img]
"It might sound deeply young fogeyish of me to say this, but I’m actually rather looking forward to the opportunities that retirement brings. Such as making rude remarks at old girls on the bowling green, spending half the day in the boozer and farting loudly in public.
The Alfa GTV is similarly growing old in a most disgraceful manner. More than five years since it first went on sale in the UK, it may well be expected to toddle meekly off into our memories like its contemporary, the Fiat Coupe, has. But no, Alfa Romeo has instead chosen to bring us the lairiest version yet, and its only available in the lairiest of colours – red.
The GTV Cup is a special edition with a smattering of styling bits. For £1,755 more than the GTV 3.0 V6 you get a set of aggressively extended sills and bumpers, a pair of vents cut into the front wings, a silly rear spoiler and the best-looking alloys fitted to any car, anywhere.
Inside you’ll find a pair of heavily sculpted sports seats, a numbered dash plaque… and clear proof that the GTV’s time is nearly up. The trim plastics are significantly flimsier than the equivalent Audi TT’s or BMW 3-Series Coupe’s, the driving position is traditionally awkward and the boot is microscopic.
You’re ogling at the version that Alfa anoraks will always hanker after, but in reality the GTV will soon be forced to plop its false teeth into the glass on the bedside table and turn the lights out one last time.