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Alfa Romeo resurrects Giulia GTA as a two-seater with F1-enhanced styling

The car keeps most of the Alfa's most beloved characteristics and expands upon them.

Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

Nearly 110 years in, Alfa Romeo is still creating beautiful stallions that combine athleticism and elegance. To celebrate its 110th birthday, Alfa Romeo has unveiled the Giulia GTA, a model steeped in history and big on style.

GTA stands for "Gran Turismo Alleggerita". "Alleggerita" is an Italian term for lighthearted. The moniker can trace its roots back to 1965 when the Giulia Sprint GTA, a specific version derived from the Sprint GT, designed as a sports car and presented at the Amsterdam Motor Show.

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA Designers have added a wing to the back of the Giulia GTA.Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

That model featured a Giulia Sprint GT with its traditional body removed and replaced by an aluminum version, which saved 205 kg. The car also had its engine production upped from the 115-horsepower as it was originally tuned to 170 horsepower. That weight savings, combined with the power boost, helped the car win numerous racing championships.

Alfa Romeo is hoping similar success will follow with the Giulia GTA. The automaker has taken notes from the modifications of the 1965 model, reducing the weight and upping the aerodynamic design elements of the new Giulia GTA. Engineering solutions came directly from Formula 1 thanks to Alfa's partnership with Sauber Engineering and the use of the Sauber Aerokit.

Standard equipment on the new model includes: side skirts; a rear spoiler; active front slipper; titanium Akrapovič central exhaust system that is integrated into the carbon fiber rear diffuser; and 20-inch center lock wheels; a larger front splitter; a real carbon rear wing; and fresh springs, shock absorbers, and bushings for the suspension system. The car's track has been widened 50 mm.

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA The cabin features the new features found I the 2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia.Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

The car's 2.9-liter bi-turbo engine is made of aluminum and is capable of unleashing 550 horsepower in the new model. This is thanks to turning, with the engine being a carryover from the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifolgio. It can get to 62 mph from a standstill in 3.6 seconds.

Alfa Romeo's design team has given the car, which features the fresh changes made to the car for the 2020 model year, a number of enhancements including a 100-percent Alcantara dashboard, door panels, glove compartment, side pillars, and the central trim on the seats.

The new matte carbon inserts endow the interior with a distinctive technical and aesthetic elegance. In the new GTAm, the interior is unique in that it features a roll bar, no door panels or rear seats and the door is opened with a belt in place of the handle, another touch that comes from the racing world.

This model is a two-seater. The rear seating area becomes a upholstered "basin" that holds helmets and the fire extinguisher.

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA This car was born ready to race, which is evident by the seatbelts.Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

Due to the loss of the seat as well as other enhancements, the Giulia GTA has slimmed 100 kg from the original weight of the model.

The car will be sold in two variants. The Giulia GTAm is the two-seater configuration approved for on-road use, with front splitter and larger visible rear wing in carbon, the ultimate expression of sportiness. In the GTA version, with the same power, Giulia offers four seats, no rear roll-bar; spoiler and splitter optimized for daily use on the road; the same door panels, seats and windows as those of the Giulia Quadrifoglio.

Alfa Romeo will sell just 500 versions of this new car. Tthe new owners will also receive a personalized experience package kit, which includes a Bell helmet in special GTA livery, a full racing set by Alpinestars (race suit, gloves and shoes), and a personalized Goodwool car cover for protecting his or her GTA or GTAm. Additionally, the Alfa Romeo customer experience also includes a specific driving course devised by the Alfa Romeo Driving Academy.

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Updated compact SUV

2022 Nissan Rogue gets new VC Turbo engine

The Rogue was fully redesigned last year.

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Nissan refreshed its best-selling vehicle, the Rogue SUV, in 2021 with a grown-up new look and plenty of new tech. Changes the year after a major overhaul are usually minor, but for 2022 Nissan's giving the Rogue a new powertrain. A brand-new 1.5-liter variable compression (VC) Turbo engine is on board, producing 201 horsepower and 225 pound-feet of torque.

2022 Nissan Rogue The new VC engine can change its compression to adapt to driving conditions.Nissan

Power is up 11 percent and torque is up a staggering 24 percent with the new power plant. The variable compression engine is capable of adapting to changing driving conditions. When the driver needs more power, the engine shifts to higher compression, which delivers better acceleration at the expense of fuel economy. When efficiency is best, the engine changes its compression again. The VC engines made their debut in 2019 in both the Infiniti QX50 and Nissan Altima. It's trick engine technology, but it doesn't always deliver on its promise of efficiency gains. Nissan's continuously variable transmission is still in place, though it has been improved with 17 percent wider gear ratio coverage and 32 percent lower friction. The automaker says it helps deliver better acceleration and fuel economy.

2022 Nissan Rogue Top Rogue trims get upscale finishes and a handsome cabin.Nissan

Pricing for the 2022 Rogue S FWD starts at $27,875, including a $1,175 destination charge. Adding all-wheel drive pushes the price by $1,500. Nissan offers three packages for the SUV as well, including a $2,660 SV Premium Package, a $1,320 SL Premium Package, and a $400 10.8-inch head-up display for the top Platinum trim.

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The Integra returns next year as a 2023 model.

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In the last couple years, we've seen a few big-name nostalgic automotive nameplates return to the market. There was the Land Rover Defender and more recently the Ford Bronco. Now, it's Acura's turn to stroll down memory lane, as it gears up for the release of the fifth-generation 2023 Integra. The car will return in 2022 as a four-door with a liftback, and most importantly, it gets plenty of go-fast bits in the places that matter.

2023 Acura Integra While it's true that the Integra looks like other Acura sedans, it's not an indication of how it will drive. Acura

Before we go too far: Yes, the Integra looks like the ILX and the TLX sedans, and yes, it has four doors. Remember that the first-, second-, and third-generation cars were available with four doors. It wasn't until the Acura RSX (sold as the Integra in Japan and Australia) that the car shaved two doors and became exclusively a two-door hatchback. So, while the look may be disappointing to some, it's not out of place.

2023 Acura Integra The new Integra will come with a limited-slip differential and an optional manual gearbox.

All the specs are here, too. The 2023 Integra will get a high-output 1.5-liter engine, a limited slip differential, and an available six-speed manual gearbox. If that isn't the recipe for a fun front-drive enthusiast car, we don't know what is. The prototype rides on matte-finish 19-inch wheels and comes with Brembo high-performance brakes.

2023 Acura Integra Acura will release more details closer to the car's launch in 2022. Acura

Acura says that the 2023 Integra will mark the car's first time being built in the United States, and notes that the car will enter production at its Marysville Auto Plant in Ohio. The car will be formally introduced in the first half of 2022, so we'll have to wait until then for detailed specs and pricing information. The good news, however, is that Acura says the car will start around $30,000, making it accessible to a wide swath of the car buying public.

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