Alfa Romeo GT
Sports car Alfa Romeo GT appeared on sale in 2004. It was first introduced at the Geneva Motor Show, which took place in March 2003, and already in January 2004 a 2-door sports coupe appeared on the Italian market.
Alfa Romeo GT was built on the Alfa Romeo 156 platform. Also, when creating, Alfa Romeo 147 structural elements, such as the structures of the front and rear multi-link suspensions, were taken as a basis. The type of its body can be defined as a 2-door sports hatchback coupe. GT is a front wheel drive car. Bertone worked on the exterior design of the car, which, in principle, explains the predominance of the external concept of the 147th series rather than the 156th. Recall that Alfa Centro Stile worked on the design of the Alfa Romeo 156 under the leadership of Walter de Silva, and not Bertone. If you look at the car, its rather convex outlines of the side surfaces and the rear of the body are immediately noticeable. Compared to the Alfa Romeo 156, the GT has become a bit longer and lower. The wheelbase is 2596 mm, the length of the car is 4489 mm, the width is 1763 mm, the height is 1362 mm.
For the sports coupe, several engine options are offered. The top version is a 3.2-liter petrol V6 rated at 237 hp. The second most powerful is a 2-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine rated at 163 hp. with direct injection system JTS. The least powerful engine is the 1.8-liter 138 hp engine.
There was also a diesel option – a 1.9-liter diesel engine with a direct injection system JTDM, producing 148 hp. Note that the diesel version in combination with a 6-speed gearbox became the most popular due to its economy technical specifications. One refueling is enough for almost 1000 km, while the volume of the gas tank is only 63 liters.
A choice of vehicles equipped with a 5-speed or 6-speed manual gearbox, except for complete sets with a 1.8-liter gasoline engine (only a 5-speed gearbox is installed).
The interior of the GT also has similarities with the Alfa Romeo 147. These include the design of the front panel, however, the edging of the circular gauges and the central section of the panel are dark silver in color as in the GTA model. This design does not bother the driver. Sitting in the driver’s seat, it feels that everything is done for the convenience of the driver. The location of the steering wheel, pedals, control knobs – all this does not create any difficulties in driving. The rear space allows you to quite comfortably sit in the rear seats, which are made according to the same pattern as the front ones. However, if the front seats are pushed as far back as possible, then the passenger sitting in the back seat will feel some constriction, both at the level of the legs and at the level of the head. The Alfa Romeo GT provides a fairly roomy trunk of 320 liters. In terms of practicality, it is in no way inferior to the luggage compartment of the sports wagon of the 156th series. In order to open the back door of the passenger compartment, pull the handle located on the side of the driver’s seat. You can also use the unlock button on the remote control keychain.
The standard equipment of the car includes: anti-lock braking system (ABS); emergency brake booster (Brake assist); electronic brake force distribution (EBD), driver and passenger airbags, side airbags, belt pretensioners; “Active” head restraints, mounts for a child seat, electric front windshields; heated mirrors; power mirrors; climate control; Cruise control; on-board computer; remote opening of the trunk lid; headlight adjustment; power steering; central locking; immobilizer; electronic key identification system; audio preparation; CD radio; alloy wheels; bumpers in body color.
Additional equipment includes: navigation system; Rain sensor; control the functions of the car on the steering wheel; telephone; automatic inclusion of headlights; parking sensors; adjustment of driver and passenger seats in height; leather interior; xenon headlights; headlight washer; MP3 radio, CD changer, amplifier and subwoofer.
In 2006, Alfa Romeo introduced the Alfa Romeo GT JTDM 1.9 Q2 version. Q2 – a new limited-slip differential designed to increase the active safety of the car. So far, only models with a 150 hp JTDM engine are equipped with the new differential Q2, but soon it will be available on other versions of the model range. Alfa Romeo developed the Q2 system to provide maximum traction control in all driving conditions, as in recent years the torque of diesel engines transmitted to the wheels has increased significantly.
The system is based on the Torsen mechanical limited slip differential. The role of the differential is to distribute the tractive effort between the front wheels depending on the position of the lever.