Autodelta Presented Their New Gt Super Evo
Autodelta presented their new GT Super Evo in public for the first time at the MPH05 Motor Show last weekend, the supercharged 341bhp sports coupé lining up alongside the Autodelta 147 GTA AM 3.7 Super on their stand.
The MPH05 Motor Show took place over the weekend at the Earls Court Exhibition Centre, in Central London. With the venue being located just a stone's throw from Autodelta's London headquarters, it was an ideal event at which to showcase the new Autodelta GT Super Evo. In fact at the MPH03 Motor Show back in December 2003 Autodelta presented their first bespoke model the Autodelta 147 GTA AM 3.7. This potent 328bhp 'rocket' was dubbed the "world's fastest hot hatch, ever" by Jeremy Clarkson when it appeared on the BBC Top Gear television programme, trashing the lap record of established benchmark cars such as the BMW M3. Last year Autodelta chose MPH04 to roll out the new Autodelta GT Super and the Autodelta 156 GTA AM 3.7 for the first time. In the last two years building hand crafted 'bespoke' Alfa Romeos, taken to the performance and dynamic edge have become a major part of Autodelta's business.
This year Autodelta chose to showcase their new GT Super Evo model at MPH05. The first GT Super - with its supercharged 320bhp Alfa Romeo V6 engine was created by Autodelta's engineering team to be a high-performance, luxurious 'Grand Tourer' in true Alfa Romeo tradition. However a number of Autodelta's customers demanded a more 'extreme' version, taking the concept to the performance edge. The new Autodelta GT Super Evo thus offers increased levels of torque (287 lb/ft at 4800 rpm) and more power (341bhp at 6,450rpm) through the incorporation of a larger intercooler and higher-flow injectors, boost which is now raised from 0.35 to 0.5 bar, and engine re-mapping. The car's 0-60 mph time is shaved down to 5.2 seconds, while the main change apparent to the driver is in the substantial improvement in both the mid- and high-range acceleration.
"The GT Super Evo came about as a direct response to customer pressure," commented Autodelta's enthusiastic boss Jano Djelalian during the show, "it pushes the GT Super's performance envelope further forward and builds on our knowledge and application of supercharging, an engineering principle that we believe is in the best of Alfa Romeo traditions." Alongside the GT Super Evo on the stand at MPH05 was the Autodelta 147 GTA AM 3.7 Super. This car was first seen in public during the Autodelta 'European Tour 2005', which took place back in early April. Autodelta decided last winter that with an all-new Alfa Romeo V6 engine due to arrive in the new Alfa 159 and Brera, they would pay a final - and ultimate - tribute to the outgoing Alfa V6, a powerplant that has firmly embedded itself in the automotive history books. Taking an Autodelta 147 GTA AM with its bored-out engine (now with 3.7-litres), their well-developed Rotrex supercharger-based system was added on, boosting power to a quite stunning 400bhp, with a resulting a massive increase in torque, all useably pumped through the front wheels of the Alfa 147 GTA based model. MPH05 was the first high-profile public show appearance for this new version.
The MPH05 show itself featured a wide array of high performance and luxury cars. Brand new sportscars on show included the Gumbert Apollo, while Italian sporting muscle came in the shape of the Lamborghini Gallardo and Murcielago, the Pagani Zonda F, and the Ferrari F430. Alfa Romeo's production future was also on show - the new Alfa 159, in 2.4 JTDM turbodiesel format - being presented by Alfa Romeo UK. "We have had a lot of interest in the cars and positive feedback here, the MPH audience is always very receptive to what our brand sets out to achieve, adds Jano, "and we hope that the Autodelta name can now go forward into 2006, when we will realise very ambitious plans now underway for the new Alfa 159 and Brera."