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Reader test: Alfa Romeo GTV

2009-12-04 08:08

Nabeel Shamsoodien, Cape Town

Where do I begin…

Is it with the streaming white shape of that curvaceous body designed by Pininfarina?
Or the expertly crafted interior featuring leather bucket seats? What about that glorious 3.0-litre six-cylinder masterpiece producing an acoustic pattern that I could only call art?

Ladies and gentleman, I give you the almighty Alfa Romeo 3.0 V6 GTV.

Walk up to one and you will instantly understand that no other car looks anything like it.
Being designed by Pininfarina, it was always going to look different, outrageous and absolutely stunning at the same time. And this car does it all, with curves in all the right places.

The tail in the air with the nose to the ground makes it seem that this puppy can go… and she can go alright.


Step into one and you will instantly understand what I mean when I say that no other car could come close to the feeling you get when you sit behind that steering wheel.

No satellite controls, no automatic gearbox, no distractions. Yes, you do get air conditioning, airbags and a radio with a decent speaker system, but who cares what’s on the radio? The only thing I want to hear in that car is the sound of its mighty V6.

By the way, it not only sounds like art, but pop open that bonnet and try to not drool over the chromed plumbing.

Drive one and you will instantly understand why the Italians are so famous for building cars that make us weak in the knees. Poor man's Ferrari? Na-ah. This is a pure bred monster.

The 3.0 V6 quad cam 24 valve pushes out 162 kW and 271 Nm of torque which, when mated to the six-speed manual gearbox equates to an 0-100 km/h of 6.8 seconds and a top speed of 250 km/h.

The experience

Being front-wheel drive you would assume that traction is a problem and that the car would understeer, but having taken on a certain four-wheel drive 184 kW car known as the R32 (which in theory should be quicker off the line and even quicker through the bends) and watching him disappear in my mirror, was somewhat amazing.

At under R100 000 I believe this car is a bargain. Fuel consumption is decent enough - R1 = 1 km.

And performance is epic…  Maintenance? What maintenance?

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