The Alfa Romeo's star in the SA Production Car series, the 147 GTA, will officially go on sale on August 1... and at an attractive price!

The Alfa Romeo's star in the SA Production Car series, the 147 GTA, will officially go on sale on August 1... and at an attractive price!

Alfa's 147 is already one of the prettiest cars in its segment, but this GTA version has benefited from some serious body alterations. The result is a car that looks wider, lower and certainly more aggressive. Front wheelarches are wider to accommodate the familiar GTA telephone dial 17-inch wheels (225/45). An aggressive front airdam and headlights with black detailing put an aggressive and sinister look on the car's face.

At the rear, the GTA has a bigger, more sculptured bumper. The lower part of the 147 GTA's rear end looks completely different from the original model from boot floor level downward. The rear bumper contains a big extractor that is visibly divided by metal panels into one long horizontal opening and two smaller side openings. The extractor serves the aerodynamic function of carrying airflow from the front to the back of the car. The final touch is provided by two large oval exhaust tailpipes. Nine body colours are available.

The interior is given a race-car feel with the addition of a sporty three-spoke steering wheel, gear lever with leather gaiter and aluminium pedal covers and footrests with rubber inserts for better grip. The sports seats are trimmed in leather (either in black or two-tone black/grey). Just like the 156 GTA and other famous Italian sports cars of the past, the seats have a "ridged" horizontal design. The leather inserts of the door panels are of a similar design. The ceiling is grey-black, while the boot trim is completely black. The same applies to the sun visors, courtesy light and pillars. Sill plates have a satinised metal insert bearing the wording GTA. The sporty instrument panel remains much the same, but it has special gauges and a black background.

Standard features include; cruise control, Bose sound system with CD front loader, electric front windows, Bi-zone climate control, electrically adjustable and heated exterior mirrors, heated front seats with lumbar support and electrically adjustable seatbacks, height-adjustable driver's seat and a height- and reach adjustable steering wheel with remote audio controls. The safety package is equally comprehensive. Dual front airbags, front side airbags and window airbags are fitted.

Under the pumped up body are some seriously modified bits of hardware. Double wishbone suspension is used in front and consists of a cast-iron lower arm, a steel strut and a light alloy upper arm. The coaxial spring/damper unit is connected to the body via a flexible mount, and to the lower arm via light alloy fork.


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