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Alfa Romeo GTV
Alfa Romeo GTV & Spider
Manufacturer: Alfa Romeo
Class: FF coupe & convertible
Production: 1995-present
Predecessor: Alfa Romeo Spider
Alfa Romeo GTV6
Successor: Alfa Romeo Brera
Body styles: coupé
Engines: 1.8 16V Twin Spark
2.0 16V Twin Spark
2.0 V6 turbo
3.0 V6 12V
3.0 V6 24V
3.2 V6 24V
Alfa Romeo Spider
Video Tribute to the beautiful Alfa Romeo GTV (916)

The Alfa Romeo GTV and Alfa Romeo Spider are two automobiles produced by the Italian manufacturer Alfa Romeo since 1995. The GTV is a four-seater coupe, with the Spider being essentially a convertible GTV, with only two seats.

The pair were launched at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1995. The GTV's name placed it as the successor to the long-discontinued Alfa Romeo GTV6 coupe, whereas the Spider was effectively the replacement for the then 30-year-old Duetto Spider. Both cars were designed in-house at Alfa Romeo with some assistance from Pininfarina. Like the Alfa Romeo 145 and 146, the Spider & GTV were based on the Fiat Tipo platform, in this case a heavily modified version with all new multilink rear suspension. 1.8 16V and 2.0 16v Twin Spark engines were available along with a 2.0 V6 turbo that produced 200bhp or a 3.0 V6 in either 12 (192 bhp) or 24 valves (220 bhp). The 3.0 V6 24V was the fastest production Alfa Romeo to date when new.

The Spider featured a folding soft-top with five hoop frame, which completely disappears from sight under a flush fitting cover. An electric folding mechanism is fitted on some versions. As would be expected the GTV has a much more rigid chassis, although considerable work was done to ensure that the Spider does not suffer from the traditional convertible chassis problems.

The Spider and GTV were revamped in 1998; the post-revamp models are recognisable by the addition of a chrome rim around the Alfa shield in the bonnet. Also, the interior was redesigned and a six-speed gearbox was made available as an option for the 3.0 24V. A second, more comprehensive facelift occurred in 2003, with the revamped cars being unveiled at that year's Geneva Motor Show. The most notable difference was the restyling of the front end to include a much deeper 147-style front grille, whilst a new 240 bhp 3.2 24V V6 engine was made available on the GTV.

1972 Alfa Romeo GTV at Wheels Of Italy
1972 Alfa Romeo GTV 2000 Engine

Version Years of Production Production Numbers
Alfetta GT (1.8) 1974-1976 21.947
Alfetta GT (1.6) 1976-1980 16.923
Alfetta GTV (2.0) 1976-1978 31.267
Alfetta GTS (1.6) 1976-1980
Alfetta GTV Strada (2.0) 1976-1980
Alfetta GTV 2.6 V8 1977 20
Alfetta GTV L (2.0) 1978-1980 26.108
Alfetta GTV 2000 America 1979-1980
Alfetta 2000 Turbodelta 1979-1980 400
Alfetta GTV 2.0 1980-1983 10.352
GTV 2.0 1983-1987 7.296
Alfetta GTV Grand Prix (2.0) 1981-1982 650
Alfetta GTV 2.5 1980-1983 11.468
GTV 2.5 1983-1987 10.912
GTV 3.0 V6 1984-1985 200