Looks like Alfa Romeo is getting serious about its legendary Cloverleaf badge. Trying to win hearts of customers that are known for their extremely picky tastes when it comes to all things powered by an internal combustion engine, the Italian brand will offer the 2008 Alfa GT Cloverleaf Q2 to those who think that the original vehicle somehow lacks in the performance department.
Some time ago the Italian company has offered their British customers a bunch of limited edition Alfa Romeo 147 Sport Q2 hatchbacks and now it is turn of the more expensive Alfa GT sports car to wear the sacred badge.
Available for all four Alfa Romeo GT models, the Cloverleaf tuning package includes a Q2 limited slip differential, bespoke 18″ double spoke alloy wheels, red brake calipers on all four wheels, satin-effect front grille and door mirrors.
anti-lock braking system with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) and vehicle dynamic control system (VDC) with brake assist.
The list of standard equipment also includes leather sports seats, aluminum sports pedals and sports dials with a red background as well as a high-spec Bose RDS radio with CD and MP3. Dual zone air conditioning, steering wheel-mounted stereo controls and rear parking sensor finish the picture.
According to the company, Alfa GT 1.9JTDM 16V Cloverleaf Q2, the most powerful car in the series will be motivated by a compact 1.9-liter 16V engine, which is capable of developing 170bhp and takes some 8.2 seconds to propel the car from zero to 100km/h.
The vehicle’s top speed is also limited at disappointingly low 215km/h. I mean, come on, the car wears the Cloverleaf logo! Was it so difficult to put a reprogrammed ECU module into the package just to shave a second or so of acceleration time?
Prices start at £18,980 for the entry-level Alfa GT Cloverleaf Q2 1.8TS model. With its even more anemic 1.8-liter engine, the car takes painful 10.6 seconds to cross the 100km/h mark (a territory that is usually reserved for family SUVs designed with fuel economy in mind) and reaches the top speed at embarrassingly low 199 km/h.
Photos: Alfa Romeo UK