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This Is the Hardcore, Track-Ready Stelvio GTAm Alfa Romeo Won’t Build

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In our alternate universe, Alfa greenlit this high-performance crossover alongside the Giulia GTA and GTAm.

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio in Rosso Competizione at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas

Let’s pretend for a minute, shall we, that Alfa Romeo hadn’t already splashed cold water on an even hotter version of the 505-hp Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio. Imagine a Stelvio GTA, and GTAm—hardcore variants, lighter and more focused than the already potent QF versions, like those coming to the Giulia. After all, the Stelvio is the reason we don’t have a Giulia Sportwagon. It’s only fair to give us a GTA/GTAm version in return, right?

Just like a Giulia GTA, our purely hypothetical Stelvio GTA would be lighter—let’s say 220 pounds lighter, just like its sedan sibling. So, too, would it adopt a bevy of carbon fiber components: the driveshaft, hood, front fenders, bumper, rear fender extensions, and so forth. Aluminum and Lexan are also used strategically to reduce mass further.

A Stelvio GTAm would certainly include carbon-fiber shelled racing seats up front, six-point racing harnesses, and more aggressive aero aids. Would Alfa go so far as to delete the rear seat, like the Giulia GTAm? The question is academic, so let’s move on (but, we hope so!). However Alfa Romeo would spec it, the QF’s 505-hp, 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 would likely get pumped up to 540 ponies, exhaling through an Akrapovic exhaust made out of lightweight titanium. If it’s anything like the Giulia GTA/GTAm, it’ll shave 0.2 seconds off the Stelvio QF’s zero-to-60-mph time.

As you can see in our renders, a significant styling diversion is the lack of a big rear wing—the Giulia GTAm’s massive unit simply wouldn’t have an analogue on the Stelvio. But the trademark black fender flares are present, as are the small but distinctive cut-outs around the bumper, and the extra-aggressive front fascia. Lower and wider, the Stelvio GTAm looks the part of the Giulia Sportwagon we never got.

Unfortunately, just like the Giulia Sportwagon, this go-fast Stelvio is just a fantasy. One that we enjoy thinking about, but will never drive—unless a third-party outfit gets frisky with a customer Stelvio QF and throws us the keys, something we can’t encourage enough!

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