James Bond’s Alfa Romeo

James Bond is mostly associated with Aston Martin, particularly the DB5, though he also drove a DBS in Casino Royale, a V8 Vantage in Living Daylights, and a V12 Vanquish in Die Another Day. However in the films he also gets to drive some other cool cars, and one that he drove in Octapussy he stole while the car’s owner was making a phone call. After he stole it he set off to Octapussy Circus pursued by a couple of Bavarian Police cars; BMW’s. As James Bond had stolen an Alfa Romeo GTV6 they had their work cut out. So why did he choose the GTV6?

The 1983 model driven by Bond was for its time an excellent car which came from an excellent pedigree. Although the grey GTV6 in the film had only a cameo appearance, there was plenty of opportunity to see it being put through its paces. Alfa Romeos are known for their wonderful throaty exhaust noise at high revs and that car was no exception. The sound used in the film was unmodified; after all you can’t really improve on perfection.

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Although now a little dated, at the time the aggressive lines and the curve of the arched hatchback were positively eye catching. According to Gaming Club, it was the hottest of the “affordable” sports cars and probably the most popular. It had been designed by the famous Italian car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro.

Although the car had just a 2 litre normally aspirated engine with twin carburettors it was not lacking in performance. Its manual five speed gearbox was a perfect match giving the car a top speed of around 122 mph and a 0 to 62 mph acceleration of 8 seconds. The car handled extremely well as demonstrated in the movie. Despite what were by today’s standards narrow tyres, it certainly didn’t mind being thrown into tight corners which it handled with very little side-roll. The 22 mpg fuel consumption wasn’t bad either, not that Bond had to fill it up.

An updated model was launched in 1996. The earlier model had the Alfa Romeo twin spark engine which gave the car a little more bhp and reduced the 0 to 62 mph acceleration time to around 8 seconds and there is also a 3.2 litre V6 which has a 0 to 62 mph acceleration time of 6.1 seconds. The fastest Alfa is the 8C which can reach 62 mph from rest in just 4.2 seconds.

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