Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas is settling in at Alfa Romeo. He is now in his second season with the outfit and will be driving more than just the team’s race car. Bottas has taken delivery of his own Alfa Romeo Giulia GTAm at the Stellantis & You Showroom in Turin, Italy. Alfa Romeo CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato and F1 Manager Cristiano Fiorio were on hand for the occasion.
Alfa Romeo launched the Giulia GTA and hotter GTAm over two years ago to celebrate the history of the 1965 Giulia GTA, which inspired more than the new car’s name. The Italian automaker stripped 100 kilograms (221 pounds) out of the Giulia GTA compared to the Quadrifoglio variant, helping to improve its performance and handling. The company even uses Lexan windows for the side and rear glass in the GTAm.
Gallery: F1 Driver Valtteri Bottas Takes Delivery Of Alfa Romeo Giulia GTAm
Powering the saloon is Alfa’s 2.9-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine. The engine debuted producing 533 bhp, with Alfa altering the exhaust note with an Akrapovič titanium setup. The company claimed the car could reach 62 miles per hour in 3.6 seconds, with Alfa engineers using its relationship with Sauber Engineering to integrate an active front splitter into the vehicle.
The differences between the GTA and GTAm are small but significant. Bottas is the new owner of a GTAm, which is the hotter variant. The GTAm has just two seats, a roll bar, and six-point harnesses. It’s street-legal, too. Alfa also differentiated the trims’ styling, giving the GTAm a larger front spiller and a carbon-fiber rear wing.
The car comes with a host of racing gear Bottas has no use for. Alfa gives GTA and GTAm owners a helmet finished in a GTA livery and a full racing suit, including gloves and shoes. We’re sure Bottas has his own set. Alfa planned to produce just 500 examples of the GTA and GTAm combined.
The Finnish driver is set to race this weekend in the second campaign of the season in Saudi Arabia. Bottas finished eighth in F1’s season opener in Bahrain late last month. He ended the 2022 season in 10th place, far behind 9th-place Fernando Alonso, who is now racing for Aston Martin.
Source: Alfa Romeo