More on revised GTV and Spider
Alfa Romeo GTV and Spider
Originally Alfa Romeo would have had a replacements for the GTV and Spider just a year or two from launch by now, but events have delayed these new machines, prompting a minor titivation for the existing models. Despite their striking looks the current GTV and Spider don't sell in big numbers, but Alfa will be hoping to raise some interest with these changes.
Not that they tackle the fundamental drawbacks of these eight year old designs. Both GTV and Spider suffer from poor ergonomics and indifferent packaging, while their chassis have struggled to cope with the power of the 220bhp V6, the Spider in particular suffering with a bodyshell that's a bit too flexible. However, the GTV and Spider's high image continues to find them homes, and the latest raft of revisions won't do them any harm.
There are a few styling changes by Pininfarina, such as the new nose more reminiscent of Alfa's more recent saloon and hatchback, the 156 and 147. On the inside, meanwhile, a lower seating arrangement should address some of the longstanding issues with the driving position, while there's a new centre console to house the stereo and satellite-navigation system.
The 2.0-litre, 150bhp Twin Spark engine continues in both GTV and Spider, but both models also get two new engines. There's the 165bhp JTS direct-injection petrol, and the 3.2-litre V6, developing 10bhp less than it does in GTA-spec, with 240bhp. That means this ageing model now gets the unlikely moniker of 'fastest Alfa road car ever', as it will reach 158mph. It arrives in May.
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