Ads on test: Alfa Romeo 147 GTA
Thoroughly refreshed and raring to go, this Alfa from the dark side is set to get you into trouble
Cost New £22,500 Price £15,995
Alfa Romeo 147 GTA
On sale at: Alfa Aid
Engine: 3179cc, 6-cyl, DOHC
Transmission: FWD, 6-speed man
Top speed: 153mph
Choose your Alfa Romeo 147/156 GTA
2001: Alfa Romeo 156 GTA launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It uses the largest mainstream displacement of the V6 Busso engine. Interior, doors, bootlid and bonnet shared with the standard 156 – the rest is built bespoke by Fiat Research Centre and Maserati. Gearboxes are six-speed manual or semi-auto Selespeed (few of the latter reached the UK direct from Alfa).
2002: 147 GTA launched using the same engine and gearboxes.
2005: 147/156 GTA production ends, but registrations continue due to a fire on a ship bound for the Far East returning to Europe full of RHD GTAs. Undamaged cars were then sold in the UK.