Alfa Romeo’s a funny company. It has always produced some great cars, but also a bunch of lemons, and for that reason its reputation is always in need of rescue, or at least some polishing. In 1995, that task was delegated to the Alfa Romeo GTV. Although not a true sports car as far as the chassis went, as it wasn’t nearly rigid enough to really support a convertible model (which it did, anyways), the Alfa Romeo GTV proved a happy success for its Italian manufacturer, in great need of some good news. The hard-top proved enough of a sports car, however, equipped with a five-speed manual transmission (or optional 4-speed automatic) and independent suspension (struts at the front, multi-link with double wishbone at rear).
The Alfa Romeo GTV was originally powered by a 2.0-liter, 16-valve four-cylinder engine, good for 150 horsepower, a top speed of 133 mph (213 km/h) and a 0-60 acceleration time of 8.6 seconds, which are all more than acceptable numbers. Eventually, the option of Alfa Romeo’s vaunted 3.0-liter V6 was added, giving it even more oomph.
The Alfa Romeo GTV was much appreciated for its shape, including the four round headlights at the front, reminiscent of the small Acura models, as well as the awesomely designed doors. Of course, with such cool design comes sacrifices, such as the trunk, but that didn’t really seem important, and its absence did nothing to cool the enthusiasm of Alfa Romeo aficionados.