Alfa Romeo GT Q2 2010

Alfa Romeo GT Q2 2010

The clever Q2 set-up maximises the GT’s front-wheel-drive traction, but the new diff isn’t available on the model in the range that could do with it most – the powerful 240bhp 3.2-litre V6. However, this diesel variant offers a better blend of performance and economy, while the limited-slip diff transforms the coupé into one of the best-handling cars in the class.The rest of the charismatic GT’s drive­train remains unchanged, which means you get a six-speed manual gearbox and impressive performance matched with decent economy. Crucially, the spacious four-seater cabin and 320-litre boot are also unaltered, although the pretty styling has been enhanced.
As well as the clever differential, buyers also get a range of cosmetic tweaks to set the Q2 apart from the standard car. Most obvious are the five-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels, but twin chrome exhausts and a satin finish on the grille and door mirrors also distinguish the newcomer. A small Q2 badge on the tailgate and lower stance – thanks to tweaked suspension – provide more discreet clues.
The £1,000 premium the Q2 is likely to command above the standard car is also easier to bear when you consider the interior upgrades. As well as black leather upholstery with red stitching, buyers also get stylish metal sill protectors, classy anthracite trim on the dash and steering wheel controls for the uprated stereo.
Ultimately, the new Q2 differential makes a greater impact in the smaller, more nimble 147 hatch, but it’s still a welcome addition that gives a boost to the stylish GT range

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