Enjoying bodywork penned by Giorgetto Giugiaro from Italdesign–Giugiaro, the Alfa Romeo GTV6 was heralded by automotive journalists for excellent handling, outstanding brakes, and the SOHC V6 2.5 liter engine that made for a thoroughly fun driving experience. The fantastic-sounding engine powered the rear wheels through a transaxle creating a nearly perfect front/rear weight balance. Furthering the race-bred technology was the use of a deDion rear suspension and inboard disk brakes. Winning the 1982-85 European Touring Car Championships proved to the motoring public the car's capabilities. Alfa Romeo produced limited editions like the Maratona, Balocco, or Grand Prix editions, while after market companies like Zender also provided excellent performance options. In 1986 the GTV-6 retired at the top of its game, including impressive performances in World Rally Championship races. In addition, 200 very collectible models were made, produced only in South Africa using a 3.0 liter version of the famed V6 engine. All GTV-6 versions are enjoyed today, just as they were when first rolled out, with many found in club racing or concours events.