Sadly, we’re not getting the hardest-core Alfa Romeo Giulia, the GTAm, in the US. Though to be fair, having the Giulia Quadrifoglio isn’t exactly a bad consolation prize by any means. But if you still want a track-inspired Alfa, there’s another option besides hunting down 155 DTMs. Through restomodding, vintage icons get second chances to thrill drivers thanks to infusions of modern tech. And in the Emilia Auto Alfa Romeo Giulia GT restomod’s case, the donation is straight from the latest Giulia Quadrifoglio.
Emilia Auto is transforming the classic Alfa Romeo Giulia GT with a RUF contributor’s help
Although German firm Emilia Auto also restores Porsche 911s, the company’s founders’ true passions lie with vintage Italian cars. Among them is the modern Giulia’s namesake, the Alfa Romeo Giulia GT, part of the beloved 105 Series. In the 1960s, the Giulia GT was a fairly advanced, fun-handling, stylish sports coupe, hence why it’s still beloved today. And now, Emilia Auto, together with RUF CTR co-developer Vela Performance, is giving it a 21st-century makeover.
First, Emilia Auto strips the donor 1960s Alfa Romeo Giulia GT down to a bare shell, CarThrottle explains. Then, the company adds a new steel spaceframe chassis with an integrated roll bar. Next, Emilia Auto swaps the Giulia GT’s hood, doors, trunk lid, bumpers, and front fenders with carbon-fiber replacements. This also gives the company a chance to restyle the classic coupe for reasons that will soon become apparent.
Besides the new bodywork, the Emilia GT Veloce also gets a new aluminum suspension setup with KW coilovers, Carmag reports. Plus, ventilated Brembo disc brakes and custom 19” wheels, hence the fender flares. In addition, it has full LED lighting and power steering. And inside, while the GT Veloce still rocks a wooden steering wheel, it has modern gauges, A/C vents, and stereo options, Evo notes.
However, while Emilia Auto’s reimagined Alfa Romeo Giulia GT also retains its original shift knob, it doesn’t have a manual. And that’s because of what’s under its hood.
The modern Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is bringing the Emilia GT Veloce up to speed
Originally, the Alfa Romeo Giulia GT offered a variety of four-cylinder engines. But even the most powerful racing version ‘only’ made 180 hp. The Emilia GT Veloce’s engine, though, is noticeably more powerful.
Under its carbon-fiber hood is the same 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6 found in the current Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. So, rather than 100-or-so hp, the GT Veloce has 505 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. Plus, Emilia Auto also transplants the Quadrifoglio’s eight-speed automatic and electronically-controlled limited-slip differential. And those Brembo brakes and power steering mentioned earlier? They’re also from the Quadrifoglio, as are the carbon-fiber shift paddles and the traction control, Motor1 says.
However, there are two significant differences between the Emilia GT Veloce’s and Giulia Quadrifoglio’s powertrains. One, the modern car doesn’t offer AWD, but the restomod does. And two, the GT Veloce weighs over 600 pounds less than the Quadrifoglio, CarThrottle reports. So, it might be even faster.
How much is this Alfa restomod?
That extra speed, though, comes with an extra-large price tag. Emilia Auto is only making 22 Giulia GT restomods for the whole world, with deliveries starting in the second half of 2022. And they start at the equivalent of $475,000. For comparison, the 2021 Giulia Quadrifoglio starts at $75,250.
Admittedly, there are cheaper Giulia restomods. You could almost get two Alfaholics GTA-R 290s for the price of one Emilia GT Veloce, MotorTrend says. And while the GTA-R 290 doesn’t have AWD, 500-plus hp, or an automatic, it’s arguably truer to the original Giulia’s character.
Still, until Alfa decides to bring the GTAm over, Emilia Auto’s restomod might be the most extreme Giulia available.
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