Kimi Raikkonen Drives the Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA

We were excited a few years ago when Alfa Romeo announced the Quadrifoglio version of the Giulia, a sedan that would jump in the ring with cars like the BMW M3 or the Mercedes-AMG C63. With slightly over 373kW (500 hp) and some 600 Nm (443 lb-ft) of torque, the Giulia Quadrifoglio is bound to provide an interesting driving experience, especially because all of that power is being sent to the rear wheels.

For anyone who knows anything about Alfa Romeo cars of the past, it only makes sense that the Italian manufacturer came up with the idea of releasing two very special editions of the Giulia: the GTA and the GTAm. 500 units will be built all in all, so it’s no surprise that their respective price tags are enough to have you considering the more exotic options instead.

And sure, if you’re not interested in achieving any kind of collector status, and if you have finite resources, you might as well buy a standard Giulia Quadrifoglio and work your way from there. But that’s not the point. The point is that Alfa Romeo has been using its F1 experience to work on these cars, and now they’re bringing out their ace driver to have a go in them, showcasing what they can do around the racetrack.

Kimi Raikkonen isn’t the most vocal F1 driver out there, but this time he managed to squeeze out a few words regarding the two cars. The test was conducted at the Balocco Proving Ground, a fitting way of seeing what the highest-performing sedan Alfa Romeo has ever built can do. Driving the car Kimi concluded that it can very well be used to take the kids to school, and then hit the track for a few hot laps.

Kimi has had a word in the development of the GTA and the GTAm, as he had previously tested the vehicles in 2020, providing important advice and feedback regarding the aerodynamics. Even so, as he engages in a spirited driving session, he does note that a “thicker spoiler” might have been even better for the job. Having driven the previous version as well, Kimi notices that the balance is now better at high speeds and that the steering is also faster. “The car is giving you the confidence to push it” he adds, further praising the GTA.

Sauber Engineering is responsible for the production of most of the carbon fiber components on the two high-performance vehicles, including the front bumper, the side skirts, the rear diffuser, the GTA spoiler, and the GTAm aero-wing. The GTAm is on a level of its own, as it creates double the downforce of the GTA and three times the amount of the now regular Giulia Quadrifoglio. We don’t know about you, but it would be interesting to see the GTAm taking on the Nurburgring for a hot lap, with Kimi behind the wheel.

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