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Alfa Romeo GTV6

Alfa Romeo GTV6

Styling by Giorgetto Giugiaro made the GTV attractive and with its low front nose, steeply raked windscreen and sharply cut-off fastback, it was ahead of its time in the mid-1970s. Back then it ran a 122ci (2-liter) at best, but all changed in 1981 when the GTV6 joined the line-up. The following year a GTV6 won the first of four consecutive European Touring Car titles before production of the car came to an end in 1986. It was originally based on the 1972 Alfetta, with the wheelbase shortened by just over 4 inches (102mm) to suit the GT. The motor was first used in Alfa's Six saloon in 1979, and it became their defining modular engine of the 1980s. The all-alloy unit ran a single cam-per-bank, with Bosch multi-point fuel injection, and the spread of torque made the GTV6 so satisfying to drive, especially with the V6's high rpm howl. A rear-mounted gearbox kept weight distribution near perfect.

Alfa Romeo GTV6 Specifications

Top speed:132 mph (211 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):8.8 sec
Engine type:V6
Displacement:152 ci (2,492 cc)
Transmission:5-speed manual
Max power:154 bhp (115 kW) @ 5,500 rpm
Max torque:152 lb ft (206 Nm) @ 3,200 rpm
Weight:2,840 lb (1,291 kg)
Economy:25 mpg (11 km/I)

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