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Alfa Romeo GTV - budget sports cars



Alfa Romeo GTV - budget sports cars

Alfa Romeo GTV - budget sports cars

Alfa Romeo Spider - budget sports cars

Year (of specifications) 1995 - 2006
Engine(s) 1.8, 2.0 litre 4 cyl, 2.0, 3.0, 3.2 V6
Transmission manual FWD
Max speed 158 mph (3.2 V6)
0-60 6.3 (3.2 V6)
Horsepower 240 hp (3.2 V6)
weight -

The Pininfarina styled Alfa Romeo GTV and Spider were produced between 1995 and 2006. During its lifetime there were two updates, one in 1998, the other in 2003.

The Alfa Romeo GTV/Spider is a stylish little 2+2, although the rear seats are only suitable for children or miniscule adults. The FWD platform (which is based on that used in the Fiat Coupe) may put off some hardcore sports car fans. But it offers decent handling in a compact package.

The styling of the GTV and Spider is unique and attractive, the minor update of 2003 gave the car a more contemporary Alfa-Romeo grille and revised front bumper.

The Alfa Romeo GTV has a wedge shaped profile which is in keeping with traditional Alfa Sports design. The back is "cut-off", creating a sharp, aggressive look. The interior ergonomics have been critisized by some tall drivers complaining that the windscreen is too low. The Spider shares all of these traits with the GTV except for the cut-off back. On the Spider the rear is rounded.

The Spider featured a folding soft-top with five hoop frame, which completely disappears from sight under a flush fitting cover. An electric folding mechanism is fitted on some versions. As would be expected the GTV has a much more rigid chassis, although considerable work was done to ensure that the Spider does not suffer from the traditional convertible chassis problems.


Related external links:
Alfa Romeo GTV and Spider Forum




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