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Join Date: Jan 2001
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Is anyone missing the 'GTV' name from Alfa's current line-up?
I might be trying to make something out of nothing here, so feel free to say so (like you'd be scared to hold back, lol).
But...do you think it's a shame or of no importance that Alfa no longer uses the GTV name/no longer has it in its line up?
On one hand, I think it's a shame. A GTV had been Alfa's high end coupe for almost 40 years; think Alfa sports car, and you think GTV. But I'm not sure whether the name carries most credit with nostalgic Alfa fans, rather than Joe Blow with money to spend on a new car. If you think about it, the GT Coupe probably opened the Alfa coupe ownership door to more new Alfa customers than the GTVs ever did.
So I'm not sure what I feel about the fact that there's no current Alfa using the GTV name. I'd be amazed if Alfa ever re-uses the Brera name; that name is too interlinked with that car IMHO; a bit like Miura, or even Montreal - there could only be one of their kind.
The Alfa GT was either a master-stroke of naming policy, or just the laziest naming exercise ever conducted. Given that the car - lovely as it is - was just a stopgap (and what a stopgap!) I doubt we'll see the GT name revived as a mainstay of the Alfa line-up.
So that leaves us with the GTV name. Should it come back? Does anyone bar Alfa-nuts (or even me) give two hoots whether it surfaces again or not?
(I'm aware that GTV is just a set of initials; those are initials a car wears, not initials that can define a car, obviously. They are not magic dust that can transform and imbue a car with sporting prowess. But the GTV name adds a recognised sporty credit to the Alfa brand - I guess I'm just trying to assess what that credit is worth today...if anything).
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