Back in the day, you could have your Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV with a 2.0-liter inline four or later a 2.5-liter V6 producing 160 horses. But a German importer had something special in mind, and the Italians delivered.
Autodelta, Alfa Romeo's former competition department rallied an Alfetta GTV in the 1975 season powered by a 3.0-litre V8 engine with mechanical fuel injection. That engine was a bored out version of the Montreal's 2.6.
Two years later, Autodelta built a few special GTVs at the request of the German Alfa Romeo importer. These cars had the Montreal's 2.6 V8 producing 200 horsepower, driving the rear wheels through the standard GTV's five-speed gearbox.
The order was for twenty cars, but eventually, only three GTV8s were built. One painted red and two champagne gold. Three years later, the GTV6 hit the market, with 100cc and 40 horsepower less than what the V8 prototypes had.
Photo credit: alfabb.com and Autodelta