Welcome to my Alfa Romeo GTV Spider tribute! With an award-winning Pininfarina design and an engine to match, – a real head-turner and truly a driver’s delight!

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The GTV/Spider chassis
When the current GTV/Spider project began, the instruction’s of Paulo Cantraella, Chief Executive Officer, Fiat SpA. were plain and simple – No compromise, especially in the area of roadholding, handling and responsiveness – the latest GTV/Spider had to be magnifico, nothing less was acceptable.

As a result the GTV/Spider boasts one of the most sophisticated and radical suspension systems of any car in the world.

The front suspension utilises a fairly conventional set-up that comprises MacPherson struts, off set coil springs, lower wishbones and an anti-roll bar. But it is at the rear that Alfa’s engineers have established the unit that accounts for the car’s limpet-like grip on the road.

The independent, multiple arm rear suspension comprises quadrilateral geometry with an upper triangle, double lower arms, coil springs and anti-roll bar secured to a light alloy subframe which is, in turn mounted onto the vehicle’s monocoque body.

The design of this geometry, and the fine tuning of the suspension bushes, is such that in the initial stages of a turn, the centrifugal forces create a small ‘rear wheel steer’ effect in the opposite direction to the way the front wheels are being pointed. Then, as the centrifugal forces build up through the corner, the rear wheels start steering in the same direction as the front wheels. The result is a more positive ‘attack’ into the first stages of cornering and increased stability in the later stages.


  2.0 T.SPARK 16V 3.0 V6 24V
No. of cylinders, arrangement 4 in line, front transverse 6 in V 60°
Capacity (cc) 1970 2959
Bore x stroke (mm) 83 x 91 93 x 72,6
Compression ratio 10 : 1 10 : 1
Max. power output bhp-EC (kW-EC)
at rpm
155 (114) 6200 220 (162) 6300
Peak torque kgm-EC (Nm-EC)
at rpm
19 (186)
27.5 (270)
Timing gear DOHC with electrohydraulic variable valve timing on the intake side camshaft, driven by the control unit DOHC for each bank
Fuel feed Bosch Motronic M 2.10.3 Multipoint electronic injection Bosch Motronic M 3.7.1 Multipoint electronic injection with electronic throttle valve
Battery: capacity (Ah) 70 70
Generator (A) 100 120
1st 3.545 : 1 3.8 : 1
2nd 2.238 : 1 2.235 : 1
3rd 1.52 : 1 1.52 : 1
4th 1.156 : 1 1.156 : 1
5th 0.946 : 1 0.914 : 1
Reverse 3.909 : 1 3.545 : 1
Final drive 3.562 : 1 (16/57) 3.353 : 1 (17/57)
  205/50 R16 205/50 R16
System rack and pinion with power steering rack and pinion with power steering
Turning circle between kerbs (m) 11.2 11.4
Front independent, MacPherson type, with lower wishbones and anti-roll bar
Rear independent, quadrilateral with upper triangle, twin lower links, false steer, coil springs, hydraulic dampers and anti-roll bar
  Discs front and rear, with floating calipers, vacuum servo. Pedal control with twin-line diagonally linked hydraulic circuit; pressure regulating valve on wheels and anti-lock braking (ABS standard) Discs with fixed calipers at front and floating calipers at rear with vacuum servo. Pedal control with twin-line diagonally linked hydraulic circuit; pressure regulating valve on wheels and anti-lock braking (ABS standard)
Front (mm) ventilated 284 305
Rear (mm) 240 240
No. of doors 2 2
Length/width (mm) 4285/1780 4285/1780
Height (mm) 1318 1318
Wheelbase (mm) 2540 2540
Front/rear track (mm) 1499/1487 1508/1530
Luggage compartment (dm3) 150 150
Fuel tank (litres) 70 70
Kerb weight DIN (kg) 1370 1415
Top speed (km/h) 215 240+
Acceleration 0-100 km/h (secs) 8.4 6.7
Consumption (l/100 km)
at 90 kph 6.2 7.9
at 120 kph 7.8 9.8
Urban cycle 10.4 14.6