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The Alfa Rome- Alfetta was a rear-wheel drive executive saloon car and fastback coupe produced from 1972 until 1984 by Alfa Romeo. It was popular due t- its combination of a modest design with powerful engines, selling over 400,000 units until the end of its production run, but in the final years its sales were down due t- Alfa Romeo's reliability problems that plagued the company through the late 1970s and early 1980s.

The Sedan had a body designed by Centr- Stile Alfa Romeo, and the Alfetta GTV coupe (not t- be confused with the Alfa Rome- GTV), was designed by Giorgett- Giugiaro. The Alfetta introduced a new drivetrain layout t- the marque. Clutch and transmission were housed at the rear of the car, together with the differential for a more balanced weight distribution, as used on the Alfetta 158/159 Grand Prix cars. The suspension relied on double wishbones and torsion bars at the front and a de Dion beam at the rear. The Alfetta was renewed in 1979 with a revised frontend, new wheel rims and new lights, as well as a diesel version.

It was available with tw- four-cylinder DOHC engines with tw- valves per cylinder and a turbodiesel engine supplied by VM Motori. The 1.6 and 1.8 L base models had tw- double-barrel carburettors, while the 2.0 DOHC received fuel injection in 1979. The diesel initially had 2.0 L, but was increased t- 2.4 L in 1982.

The four-door Alfetta was sold in the USA from 1975 through 1977 under the name Alfetta Sedan. From 1978 t- 1979 a mildly restyled version was sold under the name Sport Sedan. The four-cylinder coupe was available from 1975 t- 1977 under the moniker Alfetta GT, and again, after a very minor restyling, from 1978 t- 1979 as the Sprint Veloce. Finally, the V-6 version was marketed from 1981 t- 1986 as the GTV-6.

The Alfa Rome- Alfetta became well known throughout the world since it was Italian Prime Minister Ald- Moro's official escort car, when, in 1978, he was first kidnapped, then killed, by the Italian Terrorist left-wing organization The Red Brigades. A fictionalised account of these events was produced as a critically well regarded Italian film , The Advocate, which als- heavily featured Alfettas of all types, from Carabieneri 'Short Nose-Round Light' through t- the Prime Minister's own 'Long Nose-Square Light' 2000 Super Saloon.

Engines Model Engine Volume Power Torque Note 1.6 I4 1590 cc 109 PS (80 kW) @5600 rpm 142 N,m (105 ft,lbf) @4300 rpm 1.8 I4 1779 cc 124 PS (91 kW) @5500 rpm 167 N,m (123 ft,lbf) @4400 rpm 2.0 I4 1962 cc 124 PS (91 kW) @5300 rpm 175 N,m (129 ft,lbf) @4000 rpm 2.0 I4 1962 cc 132 PS (97 kW) @5400 rpm 178 N,m (131 ft,lbf) @4000 rpm 2.0 Turb- I4 1962 cc 150 PS (110 kW) @ 5500 rpm 231 N,m (170 ft,lbf) @3500 rpm GTV 2000 Turbodelta 2.0 Turbodiesel I4 1995 cc 81 PS (60 kW) @4300 rpm 162 N,m (119 ft,lbf) @2300 rpm 2.4 Turbodiesel I4 1995 cc 95 PS (70 kW) @4300 rpm 196 N,m (145 ft,lbf) @2300 rpm 2.5 V6 V6 2492 cc 160 PS (118 kW) @5600 rpm 213 N,m (157 ft,lbf) @4000 rpm GTV6 2.6 V8 V8 2594 cc 200 PS (147 kW) @6500 rpm 270 N,m (199 ft,lbf) @4750 rpm GTV 2.6i Version Years of production Production numbers Alfetta 1972-1974 104.454 Alfetta (RHD) 1972-1978 2.011 Alfetta 1.8 1975-1983 67.738 Alfetta 1.6 1975-1983 77.103 Alfetta 2000 1976-1977 34.733 Alfetta 2000 (RHD) 1977 1.450 Alfetta 2000 L 1978-1980 60.097 Alfetta 2.0 1981-1984 48.750 Alfetta 2000 LI America 1978-1981 1.000 Alfetta 2000 Turbodiesel 1979-1984 23.530 Alfetta Quadrifogli- Or- 1982-1984 19.340 Alfetta CEM 1983 991 Alfetta 2.4 Turb- Diesel 1983-1984 7.220 Total Note: Unofficial figures 448.417

Design and dynamics

The rear transaxle found on the Alfetta and derivatives- GTV, 90 and 75- provided these cars with excellent weight distribution. This resulted in excellent handling, which some experts believe makes these some of the best-handling cars of their time. Unlike most rear-wheel drive cars, the transaxle meant there was n- transmission tunnel between the front seats, thus helping interior space.

GT, GTV and GTV6

For information about the GTV (916) see Alfa Rome- GTV & Spider Alfa Rome- Alfetta GTV Alfa Rome- Alfetta GTV Alfa Rome- GTV6 Alfa Rome- GTV6 Alfa Rome- GTV6 Production 1980?1987 Body style(s) coupe Engine(s) 2.5 L V6

The Alfetta was the base for the GTV, a fastback coupe version of the saloon, introduced in 1974 as Alfetta GT, initially available only with the 1.8 litre (1779 cc) version of the Alfa DOHC four. For 1976, with the final phasing out of the earlier 105 Series 1.3 and 1.6 litre coupes (GT 1300 Junior and GT 1600 Junior) and the 2.0 litre 105 series 2000 GTV, the Alfetta GT became a range, als- available with the 1.6 litre (1570 cc) and 2.0 litre (1962 cc) versions of the same engine as the Alfetta GT 1.6, Alfetta GT 1.8 and Alfetta GTV 2000. The GTV designation was initially reserved for the 2.0 litre top version.

In 1979, some minor revisions, including a revised engine with new camshaft profiles and a change t- mechanical-and-vacuum ignition advance, saw the 2.0 litre redesignated the Alfetta GTV 2000L. Autodelta als- produced a limited edition turbocharged model, named Turbodelta, for FIA Group 4 homologation. This version used a KKK turb- which pushed power up t- 175 PS (129 kW). The car als- received a modified suspension layout. This was first Italian production car with turbocharger.

The styling of the GTV, while distinctive, can be seen t- share many design features derived from the Montreal supercar, as translated down t- a simpler and thus more marketable vehicle. Examples of this are the bonnet line, which while briefer, still has 'scallops' for the headlights, and the tail light clusters which resemble those of the Montreal. The door shape is similar, and in a sharing of parts, both vehicles employ the same door handles.

In 1981, the GTV received a restyling, with grey plastic bumpers and all matt-black trim replacing bright stainless steel, the 1.6 litre and 1.8 litre versions were discontinued and the Alfetta 2000 GTV became the base coupe model as the Alfa GTV 2.0. The Alfetta name was dropped, but the two-litre coupe retained its type designation of 11636 for left hand drive and 11637 for right hand drive. 15 inch alloy wheels were now standard, as opposed t- the earlier cars' 14 inch pressed steel or optional 14 inch alloy.

Later in the same year, the GTV-6, a version of the GTV with the SOHC V6 2.5 L engine from the Alfa 6 luxury sedan, was released. As a result the hood received a bulge t- clear the top of the intake and became its most pronounced feature. With Bosch fuel injection instead of the six downdraught Dellort- carburettors in the early Alfa 6 installation, the V6 was much easier t- start and retained its state of tune much better. The V6 received rave reviews from the motoring press, which had previously lambasted the same engine in the Alfa 6 because of the carburettor problems. It found its true home in the GTV-6 where it could stretch its legs better than in the less sporting Alfa 6 sedan, including winning the European Touring Car Championship an unprecedented four years in succession (1982-85), the British Touring Car Championship in 1983 at the hands of Andy Rouse, as well as many other racing and rallying competitions. The fuel injection installation eventually made it int- the second series of the Alfa 6 as well. The GTV went through a number of revisions, including a new gear ratios and an updated interior in 1984. Alfa Rome- Alfetta GT engine bay Alfa Rome- Alfetta GT engine bay

South African models were first assembled at Automaker's Rosslyn plant, located outside Pretoria. These early, 1973 models, were manufactured alongside Datsuns. From 1974 South African Alfetta's were manufactured at Alfa Romeo's own Brits plant. South Africa was one of tw- markets t- have a turbocharged GTV6, with a Garrett turbocharger and a NACA intake. An estimated 750 were assembled before all production ceased in 1986. The South African market als- introduced the 3.0 L GTV-6, predating the international debut of the factory's 3.0 L engine in 1987. Approximately 200 were built in South Africa for racing homologation. T- this day, the GTV-6 remains the quintessential Alfa Rome- for South Africans.

For the U.S. market tw- limited production GTV-6 models stand out. The Balocc- (named after the famous Balocc- race track in Italy) in 1982 with a production run of only 350 cars. And the GTV-6 2.5 Maratona, of which only 150 were built. The Maratona model included a more aggressive aerodynamic trim package, lightweight Speedline wheels, clear engine view port, sunroof, wood steering wheel, rear louvers and fog lamps. All 150 cars were painted only in Silver.

Callaway Cars, famous for their modified Camaro, Impala SS and Corvette offerings modified about thirty GTV-6s between 1983 and 1986. In addition t- numerous small component upgrades, the Callaway GTVs included a much revised suspension, larger brakes and a twin-turbocharger system, boosting performance t- near-exotic levels. A different twin turb- GTV was als- built briefly for the Australian market.

GT and GTV Racing Versions by Autodelta

Racing versions of the Alfetta GT and GTV were built by Autodelta, initially with the normally aspirated engine from the earlier GTAm racer based on the 105 series coupe, for homologation under FIA Group 2. In this form they were rallied with moderate success in 1975, winning the Elba and Costa Brava rallies overall, as well as winning the Group 2 category in the World Rally Championship's Corsican event. The next year Autodelta shifted its focus t- circuit racing the Alfettas, which won the under 2.5-liter Group 2 division of the European Touring Car Championship, scoring a remarkable second place overall at the 24 hour race at Spa-Francorchamps, as well as an overall win in the ETC race at Vallelunga. Despite such results, Autodelta's efforts with the Group 2 Alfetta were desultory, and ended prematurely. At a single rally at the end of the 1975 season, Autodelta als- rallied an Alfetta GTV with a 3.0 litre V8 engine, derived from the 2.6 litre V8 of the Alfa Rome- Montreal coupe and sharing the same mechanical fuel injection by Spica. It had been suggested t- produce 400 roadgoing versions of this model for homologation but this plan was abandoned as well.

In 1980 the Alfetta GTV Turbodelta was already homologated in FIA Group 4, since the required number of production cars had been built. A racing version was campaigned in rallies, but once more the effort was abandoned after a single season, despite scoring a win at the Danube Rally. Version Years of production Production numbers Alfetta GT (1.8) 1974-1976 21.947 Alfetta GT (1.6) 1976-1980 16.923 Alfetta GTV (2.0) 1976-1978 31.267 Alfetta GTS (1.6) 1976-1980 Alfetta GTV Strada (2.0) 1976-1980 Alfetta GTV 2.6 V8 1977 20 Alfetta GTV L (2.0) 1978-1980 26.108 Alfetta GTV 2000 America 1979-1980 Alfetta 2000 Turbodelta 1979-1980 400 Alfetta GTV 2.0 1980-1983 10.352 GTV 2.0 1983-1987 7.296 Alfetta GTV Grand Prix (2.0) 1981-1982 650 Alfetta GTV 2.5 1980-1983 11.468 GTV 2.5 1983-1987 10.912 GTV 3.0 V6 1984-1985 200


* A grey GTV6 is featured for a short period in the James Bond movie Octopussy. Bond steals the parked car while its owner uses a pay phone booth and makes haste towards Octopussy's Circus.
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