The classic Hamburg specialists from Emilia Motors do just that: they take a 510 hp (375 kW) steam hammer Current Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio The engine was planted in the engine compartment of the classic Giulia GT from 1963, which fans of the traditional Italian brand called “Burton”.
The body adapts to performance
This looks really cool. But the turbo monster, hitting the shaft with a torque of 600 Nm, tears the body of its robotic predecessor. “Of course we have to modify the car a little bit,” says Ralph Hendrik Steinkoller, one of the initiators of the unusual project, digging deep in the process.
Basically, Julia gets a new chassis, on which the classic hat is put on. But a lot of work is also done here, because the windshield has to be moved to accommodate the modern six-cylinders. The cooling system, in particular, takes up a lot of space. In order to adapt the Retromod Giulia chassis to performance and make it significantly more rigid, classic car specialists in Hamburg brought a suitable partner on board the Velo Performance.
Old meets new
Parts from the current Giulia can still be used, including parts for the axles and the ZF eight-speed transmission. In other words, automatic rather than manual, but driven on the steering wheel. The lighting has also been upgraded to the current level, so instead of the Alfa lights, the LEDs light up the front and the driver sits on the modern Recaro sports seat.
There were two Emilia GT Veloce emblems. As with Singer Porsches in the USA, as much of the original as possible should be preserved. “For me it was important to respect the original in the project,” Steinkühler explains. Moreover, as many parts of the same brand as possible, such as Alfa Romeo, should be installed.
Alfa Giulia Stat Delta Lancia
This was also the reason why Steinkühler and his colleagues at Emilia Autos made the decision on the Giulia GT. Because the Lancia Delta was also available. But Lancia makes fewer cars than Alfa Romeo. There are also more than enough “Bertone” models that Steinkühler and his team can buy. About 220,000 copies were built between 1963 and 1975. Hamburgers don’t buy very rare specimens. It must be preserved.
In the end, the Emilia GT Veloce no longer had much in common with its original models. Weighing in at just 1,250 kilograms, this Giulia is much lighter than the current model and has no ESP lifeline, but only ABS and traction control. KW contributes to a coilover kit.
Expensive specialized cars
The authorities are closely monitoring the construction of the Italo Legend with new technology until approval goes smoothly. Since there will only be 22 numbered Emilia GT Veloce copies, the retro racer is considered a small series, to which special acceptance regulations apply. “This is a suitable vehicle for customers who drive electric during the week and want to transport something special on the weekend,” explains Steinkühler.
The classic model with modern technology will cost between 400,000 and 450,000 euros (about 415,000 to 470,000 francs). The car should be presented in the second quarter of next year. Some just can’t wait. There are actually many reservations, especially from the USA.
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