It pains me to checklist all of the terrible Alfas that stuffed the many years to come back: the Alfa 6, 90, bloody Arna, 155, 146, 166, 147, Brera, Brera Spider, Mito and 4C, to call too many however by no means all of them. There had been just a few glimmers early on, however after the 75 and its SZ spinoff died, they had been few and much between. The 164 was a good effort in its day, however most likely solely as a result of it shared growth prices with Fiat, Lancia and Saab, and I’m not counting the 8C, as a result of in all vital regards it’s a Maserati underneath the pores and skin.
What I’m saying is that it has been 30 years, three many years, aka virtually my complete profession up to now, since Alfa final did the one factor it as soon as might have been assured to have accomplished earlier than the rest, and that’s to provide a automobile that’s not simply first rate to drive however good. A automobile to set an alarm for and head off in with out vacation spot for actually no purpose aside from that you would be able to.
However the Giulia GTAm is that Alfa. I do know, it’s preposterously costly and I wouldn’t even purchase one, as a result of if I wished an impractical two-seater for that cash, I’d have a Porsche 911 GT3. So how can it even be my favorite automobile of 2021? As a result of it nonetheless made my coronary heart soar, not only for what it did on street and observe throughout two days of exhausting driving in North Wales however for what it meant. For an Alfisti of my classic to drive a brand new Alfa that delivers a driving expertise worthy of all that title means to me is to look at your finest childhood good friend whom you’ve not seen in half a lifetime and feared is likely to be useless stroll as much as your frontdoor and ring the bell.