Alfa Romeo 147 GTA

Oscar Alarcón Castelló ‘People always want to talk with you about the car, and to hear the engine’

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  • Year: 2004
  • Mileage: 65,243
  • Acquired: 2007
  • Dream car: Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale

Why did you choose the car?

I was looking for a sports car. I already had an Alfa 147 1.6 and I'd been considering the like of the Honda Civic Type R FN2, RenaultSport Clio 197, Mazda MX-5 NC, but finally the Alfa Romeo won it for me. 
It's got a 3200cc V6 naturally-aspirated engine with the Selespeed sequential gearbox. It's got really sporty behaviour and  a brutal appearance. I bought it with less than 30,000km (18,641 miles) recorded and I´ve got no regrets – I love it!

What’s the best bit? 

Well, I'd say there are three best bits. For a start, that 3.2-litre non-turbo engine. Then the sequential semi-automatic gearbox. And last, but not least, that special Alfa steering feel. With only 1.75 turns of the wheel from lock-to-lock, it´s stunning.

What’s the worst bit? 

Without any doubt I have to say it's the shortage of spare parts.

What’s it like to run? 

Aside from the parts issue it's lots of fun. There's lots of support on ClubGTA.com and Alfaowner.com. Many people are always happy to help on Alfa forums.

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Any modifications? 

I've fitted an Alfa Q2 torque-biasing limited slip differential, suspension upgrades (K-Sport coilovers), front and rear strut bars, wider rear anti-roll bar, spacers, decat and a Wizard exhaust. 

Over time I've also picked up 17in and 18in original GTA wheels, and it currently runs BBS CK 19in, semi-slick tyres (Contisport Contact and PZero Trofeo), Sabelt Challenge Racing Seats, racing pads and rotors – it goes on and on. 

Any advice for buyers? 

Replacing the OEM differential is a must. It must be replaced with an Alfa Q2 or a Quaife because if the stock differential breaks it will also smash the gearbox. It doesn´t matter if you don't race with the car, the OEM diff will break.

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