Alfa Romeo Brera
This is basically the spirit of the stand that Alfa Romeo has prepared for the Frankfurt Motor Show, a very striking display, which welcomes and appeals to visitors, where they can experience and understand the message that has always been a hallmark of Alfa Romeo: 'sportiness and elegance', the result of highly sophisticated technology and a unique heritage on the world motoring scene.
The ambassadors of this philosophy are the new generation of Alfa Romeo cars to have emerged from the Alfa 159 project, as well as other cars that are currently in production: from the Alfa GT to the Alfa Crosswagon Q4, the Alfa 166 flagship and the compact Alfa 147, all of which are powered by Euro 4 engines. But the star of the stand is without doubt the Alfa 159, the new saloon that was presented a few months ago in Munich.
Four different Alfa 159s are on show in Frankfurt. The first is a Q4 version with four-wheel drive, equipped with the powerful new 3.2 V6 JTS 24-valve engine that delivers 191 kW (260 bhp), with Ruby Red bodywork that conveys Alfa Romeo's interpretation of 'classical sportiness'. The second saloon is also equipped with one of the three new JTS engines offered with the range: the 2.2 JTS which delivers a maximum power output of 136 kW (185 bhp) at 6500 rpm, and peak torque of 230 Nm (23.4 kgm) at 4500 rpm. And finally, there are two Alfa 159s equipped with the sparkling 147 kW (200 bhp) 2.4 JTDm: one sports the 'silver' livery that distinguishes the new generation of Alfa Romeo cars, and the other is a striking non-metallic black. All the Alfa 159s on show share the same lavish furnishings, for example, the facia, seats and panels upholstered with FrauÂź 'pieno fiore' fine grain leather in various shades of grey, black and beige. Plus tri-zone climate control, aluminium trims, electric seats, Cruise control, 7 airbags, VDC stability control with a hill holder, a map radio navigator with a telephone and voice controls, xenon headlights and 18" alloy wheels with a classic sporty design (with bore holes or spokes depending on the version).
The 159 pays tribute to the great history of Alfa Romeo saloons, because all Alfa Romeo cars are linked by a common denominator: a continuous striving for innovation combined with a glorious racing tradition. As a result, on the stand, the public can also admire a splendid Giulia TI which, as the slogan of its day underlined, was the car 'designed by the wind'. The line was revolutionary: a low nose, enclosed by four headlights, an aerodynamic bonnet, a wrapround windscreen like that of a fighter plane, and above all, a short tail. The engine was a four-cylinder 1570 cc unit, that delivered 92 bhp. The model exhibited in Frankfurt is the TI version of 1963, with the gearshift on the steering wheel and disc brakes, type-approved for six passengers. TI (Turismo Internazionale) was a name that Alfa Romeo gave in the 1970s only to cars that were particularly lavishly equipped. Today these two simple but glorious letters reappear on a special line that is available on Alfa Romeo models.
We move over to the area where the Alfa Brera is displayed, a fascinating car that transforms the traditional spirit of the coupĂ© into the more exciting spirit of 'absolute sportiness'. A Q4 version is on display in Frankfurt, with a 3.2 V6 JTS 24-valve engine, a jewel of engine technology, that delivers 191 kW (260 bhp) at 6200 rpm, and peak torque of 322 Nm (32.8 kgm) at 4500 rpm. The new coupĂ©, designed jointly by Giorgetto Giugiaro and the Alfa Romeo Styling Centre, is the latest outcome of the brand's great tradition that has produced beautiful cars with plenty of character, a magical balance between reason and sentiment, technical culture and design creativity. And now all eyes are also on the Alfa 147. With its harmonious, but muscular line, this model has new exterior and interior styling, the evolution of a winning model, which is now bigger, more powerful and with a more forceful personality. There are numerous changes to the engineering and the equipment, such as the amazing 150 bhp 1.9 JTDm engine, and the most sophisticated safety devices: from VDC to ASR, ABS complete with EBD and six airbags that are standard throughout the range.
Two versions are on show in Frankfurt: the first is an Alfa Romeo 147 Distinctive, which is equipped with the brilliant 150 bhp 1.9 JTDm engine, and includes VDC, 6 airbags, a radio with CD player, 16" alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control and foglights as standard equipment. The car on display also features leather seats, xenon headlights, radio controls on the wooden steering wheel, 17" alloy wheels, parking sensors, the Bose Hi-Fi system and the exclusive iPod. This is a preview of the iPod Pack that Alfa will be offering on the 147 range by the end of the year. The system incorporates Apple's revolutionary MP3 player (a device that lets you create playlists of thousands of tracks in digital audio quality) inside the car, with a special drawer in the central console that houses the iPod, either a mini version or the 40 Gb version. The tracks are managed directly by the radio or the steering wheel controls when they are fitted. There is a choice of two options: iPod wiring (installation of the connection cable, drawer with non-slip mat and assembly), or the iPod Pack which includes the wiring and the MP3 iPod player developed for Alfa Romeo and complete with a black leather case.
Next to this car is another Alfa 147, a 2.0 TS delivering 110 kW (150 bhp), with a special version of the Selespeed gearbox, prepared for the Motor Show, on which advanced sportiness and elegance combine in an exclusive young, dynamic outfit with innovative materials and special colours. The car proposes: 6 airbags, VDC, foglights, dual zone automatic climate control, alloy wheels, radio with CD player, lower suspension, xenon headlights, map navigator with a telephone, and the Bose Hi-Fi system.
Alfa Romeo is presenting other important novelties at the Show, all of which embody the marque's 'cuore sportivo' and sophisticated technology. One example is the Alfa Crosswagon Q4, the model that marks Alfa Romeo's return to the world of four-wheel drive. It fits the Q4 permanent 4-wheel drive system, with three differentials and a torque splitter that favours the rear axle. The Q4 system modulates the torque split between the front and rear axles constantly, according to the grip. This feature is particularly important for a sporty driving style and the sportiness that boosts active safety. The Alfa Romeo Crosswagon Q4 on display in Frankfurt is equipped with the brilliant 1.9 JTD 16v Multijet engine (150 bhp - 110 kW) and with numerous outstanding features, particularly those that enhance safety (ABS with EBD, VDC, ASR, 6 airbags and xenon headlights) and comfort on board (dual zone climate control, Cruise control, Bose Hi-Fi system, radio with satellite navigator and electro-chromic rearview mirror with a compass). The car also features stylish 'pieno fiore' fine grain beige leather upholstery and 17" alloy wheels.
The Alfa Crosswagon Q4 will accompany both the Italian Alpine Skiing Team to the events of the skiing World Cup, World Championships and Winter Olympics, and the Luna Rossa yachting Team. The Alfa logo already decorates the ski suits of the Italian men's and women's Alpine Skiing teams, and the brand has now decided to promote two more initiatives by creating the Alfa Romeo Ski Racing Team and sponsoring the Luna Rossa team with the Alfa Crosswagon Q4. From this year, Alfa Romeo is the official supplier of the Italian yachting team that is taking part in the preparatory rounds of the prestigious America's Cup competition in 2007. Sustained by the same philosophy - competitive determination combined with the most sophisticated technological innovation - Alfa Romeo and Luna Rossa focus on skill, design, the use of state of the art materials and superb engineering technology to achieve the most ambitious targets and the best performance. Alfa Romeo has always shown huge interest in the sports that demand the highest levels of technological innovation. For example, it sponsors the Alfa Romeo yacht, the first boat to set new speed records, winning the Grand Slam and some of the most prestigious deep sea regattas. In the racing world 'Alfa Romeo and innovation' is an unbeatable combination; both as a sponsor and as a participant with its own Racing Team, the brand promotes its winning spirit and the most sophisticated technology through its athletes. Including its direct involvement in the World Touring Car Championship and the European Alfa Challenge.
From the racing world to our everyday roads. Under the spotlight of the German Motor Show we find two Alfa GTs, one equipped with the 2.0 165 bhp JTS Selespeed engine which has a top speed of 216 km/h, and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.7 seconds; and the second equipped with a 150 bhp 1.9 JTDm, which has a top speed of 209 km/h and 0-100 km/h acceleration in 9.2 seconds.
The model combines brilliant performance and a lavish array of standard equipment that includes 6 airbags, Cruise control, VDC, dual zone climate control, 17" alloy wheels, a radio with MP3 reader, a Bose Hi-Fi system, leather upholstered sport seats, a ski tunnel, leather-upholstered steering wheel with radio controls and double chrome plated exhaust terminal. The customer is obviously free to customise his car from the extensive option range: from xenon headlights to aluminium sports pedals, 18" alloy wheels and FrauÂź 'pieno fiore' fine grain leather.
Developed in collaboration with Bertone, the Alfa GT embodies original styling, lavish equipment and exciting performance, reflecting a new concept of sportiness, which embraces comfort and elegance too. The same characteristics that the public can admire on the Alfa Romeo 166, the Alfa Romeo flagship, a harmonious blend of shapes and content, and the refinement of a large, prestigious saloon. In addition to these strong points, the Alfa 166 also features extremely striking stylistic details inside and out, and attractive combinations between the fabrics and colour scheme. The car on display is equipped with the powerful 180 bhp 2.4 JTDm 20 valve Euro 4 engine, and the Distinctive specification, which includes a wide array of equipment: from VDC to leather upholstery, bi-xenon headlights and automatic climate control. Options include an opening sunroof, 18" alloy wheels, satellite navigator, rear parking sensors, steering wheel mounted radio controls, Bose Hi-Fi system, and a CD changer.
Once again, Alfa Romeo has clearly decided to prepare a stand full of new and historical models, strongly underlining its unique position in the world car market, to the many cars, designers, races and engines that have marked technological progress and racing history in the 20th century. Because the heritage of a brand like Alfa Romeo embraces all this, plus the work and professional pride of the thousands of people - technicians, blue-collars and managers - who have played their part over the years, in the plants, the offices and the racing venues. Here lie the roots of that inimitable personality which makes an Alfa Romeo stand out immediately from all the other cars on the road.
The Alfa Romeo 159, the first of a new family that replaces the 156, is heir to a successful model (over 680,000 have been sold since it was launched in 1997) and it aims to become the new benchmark for the segment. To achieve this goal, Alfa Romeo has created a new generation of cars, and the 'Alfa 159' project is the outcome of innovative design methodologies, carried out by an international team that admitted no compromise, combining targets of extremely enjoyable driving, top performance and distinctive styling, with the highest possible standards in the fields of safety, comfort and sturdiness.
Alfa Romeo 159
The car has a completely new chassis with new suspension and a new generation of engines and gearboxes. It is clearly an extremely interesting novelty, which pays tribute to the great history of prestigious sports saloons from Alfa Romeo. The same extraordinary design heritage that Alfa designers drew on when they came up with the new car's unmistakable 'Italian' styling.
Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro in collaboration with the Alfa Romeo Styling Centre, the new car has an elegant, sinuous line, which combines generous dimensions with the compactness typical of Alfa Romeo sports cars; it is 4,660 mm long, 1,828 mm wide and 1,417 mm high, with a wheelbase of 2,700 mm. The strong, essential front is dominated by the large Alfa Romeo shield. The line of the entire car seems to spring from here, combining a light stylistic 'aggressiveness' with strikingly elegant forms: an impression that is underlined by the side air intakes, the delightful light clusters, the pronounced 'V' of the bonnet which underlines the presence of a generous engine, the compact, tapered passenger compartment, and the wings which mark the widest point of the car. The rear end has a horizontal design and speaks the same stylistic language as the front: from the curve of the rear window which recalls that of the windscreen, to the elongated light clusters which incorporate circular elements, and the chromed double exhaust tail-pipe on the more powerful versions which underlines the sporty impression. The profile highlights the fact that the car's elegance is the result of harmonious ratios: the proportion between the long bonnet and the compact passenger compartment give the model prestige; on the other hand, the ratio between the glazing and the sides makes the car sportier, an aspect enhanced by the compactness of the passenger compartment, and achieved primarily by the pillars (the front pillar set further back and the 'elbow-shaped' rear pillar). Another elegant feature of the side is the fold that makes the car even sleeker.
Like the external styling, the interior of the Alfa Romeo 159, which was also designed by the Alfa Romeo Styling Centre, combines stylistic refinement and a sporty temperament. The most important element they had to work with was the driving position, the result of precise ratios between pedals, seat, steering wheel and gearbox, designed to guarantee maximum control and comfort.
The interior is crafted around the driver in the characteristic 'cockpit' structure, which surrounds and encloses the functional driving area: the classic three-spoke steering wheel, the two ribs of the anti-glare lip, the instruments of the console and the gear lever, designed to achieve stylistic continuity between the facia and the console. The uniform stylistic language is also evident in the rounded shape of the analogue instruments, the air vents, keys and knobs. And the symbols and graphics create a further element of conformity, while ensuring immediate clarity and maximum legibility. Extra room has been created for the passengers thanks to the design of the facia that links up to the panel, giving a sensation of greater space and roominess. The front and rear seats, which are enveloping and sporty, reflect the same idea, with carefully chosen materials and great attention to detail; we should mention the overstitching and the traditional crafting of the ribbing and piping. The interior of the Alfa 159 achieves a perfect balance between elegance and sportiness, a distinctive feature of all Alfa Romeo cars, underlined by the combination of sober, clean lines and noble materials: quality fabric, precious 'pieno fiore' fine grain leather, cold aluminium, and the exquisite quality that true craftsmanship still conveys.
The Alfa 159 surrounds the driver and passengers with technologies that guarantee the highest level of dynamic, acoustic and climatic well-being. The interior is enveloping and free from vibration, thanks to the painstaking soundproofing of the whole car, and the outstanding torsional and flexural rigidity of the bodyshell. That is not all. The new model has a large luggage compartment and numerous storage compartments, and features exclusive equipment that further enhances comfort: Cruise control, rain, dusk and parking sensors, satellite navigator with maps (including a Bird-view display), voice controls and a built-in GSM hands-free telephone, hands-free system with voice recognition and Bluetooth technology employing the latest generation voice control systems that do not require pre-memorisation and allow you to formulate the number "vocally" by speaking each digit, or to call a chosen person by pronouncing the name if this has been memorised; automatic climate control with dual or tri-zone distribution and temperature, a radio-CD player (including MP3 files) and 10-disc CD-Changer, a BOSE Hi-Fi Sound System with a central speaker on the facia for better acoustics, seats with electrical adjustment, folding rear seat and push-button ignition on the console.
The Alfa 159 reveals the extraordinary roadholding that is typical of every Alfa Romeo model. This is due above all to the new suspension ('high' double wishbones at the front, and Multilink at the rear) and extremely precise steering (the most direct of the standard saloons, with a small turning circle). The prestigious new saloon's dynamic behaviour is controlled by a number of sophisticated electronic systems: VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control) first of all, ASR (Anti Slip Regulation), HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assistance) which cuts in during emergency braking, ABS complete with EBD, and the Hill Holder for easier hill starts. The Alfa 159 3.2 V6 is available with Q4 permanent 4-wheel drive, which guarantees superb traction and entertaining driving. The four-wheel drive system adopted on the Alfa 159 is a permanent system with three differentials which splits torque constantly and dynamically between the four wheels, on acceleration and on release, reaching the highest levels of active safety and sportiness. The Torsen C self-locking central differential manages the drive torque, sending about 57% to the rear wheels and 43% to the front to achieve a slight oversteer at all times and particularly with a sporty driving style. The system also guarantees excellent traction in all grip conditions by automatically checking any slipping.
With the new Alfa 159 project, Alfa Romeo aims to position itself at the top of the class for passive safety. The Alfa Romeo engineers have designed and developed a new 'premium' floorpan made of high performance materials, multiply sheet metal and laser welding. From the viewpoint of the architecture, the bodyshell also benefits from numerous measures such as the use of boxed elements that are rigidly connected transversely and vertically, three load lines in the front, longitudinals that run the whole length of the car, built-in structures and a larger number of spot welds around structural nodes. The result is the excellent torsional rigidity of the bodyshell, the best in its segment at over 180,000 daNm/rad.
The Alfa Romeo 159 boasts as many as eight airbags (including special bags to protect the knees and sidebags that extend all along the window area), innovative restraint systems (pretensioners on the clasp, and decreasing load limiters on the seat-belts), and front seats with an 'anti-whiplash' device which brings the head-restraint nearer to the occupants' necks in the event of a rear impact. The combination of these features makes the Alfa 159 the new benchmark in its segment in terms of safety, borne out by the brilliant results it has achieved in the most stringent tests simulating all possible types of accident (head-on and side impact, overturning, rear impact and fire), taking into account the different speeds at which impact can occur, the different types of obstacle and the need to protect occupants with very different physical features.
Engines and gearboxes
The new model offers a broad, comprehensive range of engines. First of all, the three new JTS engines with continuous dual variable valve timing (inlet and exhaust): the 3.2 V6 24v (191 kW - 260 bhp), the 2.2 (136 kW - 185 bhp) and the 1.9 (118 kW - 160 bhp), with a specific power output between 81 and 85 bhp/l. All the engines meet Euro 4 standards, exploiting the direct petrol injection in full, a particular combustion system known as JTS: Jet Thrust Stoichiometric. For the customer, this means brilliant engine performance, which increases driving enjoyment and the performance of the car. The torque values of the three engines are equally outstanding, and 88% is already available at 2,000 rpm: 322 Nm (32.8 kgm) at 4,500 rpm for the 3.2 V6 JTS, 230 Nm (23.4 kgm) at 4,500 rpm for the 2.2 JTS, and 190 Nm (19.4 kgm) at 4,500 rpm for the 1.9 JTS.
Those are the petrol engines. But Alfa Romeo has always been on the leading edge in the field of diesel engines too, epitomised by the 2.4 JTDm 5-cylinder 20v engine (delivering 147 kW - 200 bhp at 4000 rpm and torque of 400 Nm - 40.8 kgm at 2000 rpm), and the two 1.9 JTDm: the first is a '16v' delivering 110 kW (150 bhp at 4000 rpm) and torque of 320 Nm (32.6 kgm at 2000 rpm), the second is an '8v' delivering 88 kW (120 bhp at 4000 rpm) and torque of 280 Nm (28.6 kgm at 2000 rpm). On the latest generation of 'Common Rail' engines, the JTD units with Multijet technology, turbocharging is entrusted to a variable geometry turbo and intercooler. The 1.9 JTDm 16v exploits a specific turbine developed by Alfa Romeo while the 2.4 JTDm has a new cylinder head and new con rods in 'fractured' steel.
The three engines all meet Euro 4 requirements, and incorporate a particulate trap (DPF) which eliminates particulate almost entirely; it is a 'for life' system that does not need to be regenerated with additives. And finally, the range includes new mechanical gearboxes, all with six speeds and featuring short strokes, precise engagement and limited loads. Automatic transmissions and a robotised Selespeed gearbox will also be available on certain versions, all with six speeds.
Range and services
The new model is available in a highly comprehensive range, where everyone will find the Alfa 159 he is looking for. It is offered with 6 engines and 2 outfits, 9 body colours and 4 interior outfits in 4 shades (black, grey tone-on-tone, black and beige, and black and grey), available in flocked fabric, AlfatexÂź, leather and 'pieno fiore' FrauÂź leather. The range also offers all customers 3 years (or 120,000 km) of programmed maintenance included in the price, performed by specialist Alfa Romeo technicians and available internationally. The programme also includes oil and filter changes, and can be backed up by an extended 5-year warranty; it can also be transferred with the car if this is sold within 3 years (or 120,000 km).
The Alfa Romeo 159 was designed to guarantee uncompromising quality. This concept was the engineer's target throughout the development of the car, from the moment it was first conceived, during the endless tests the car was subjected to, and right through the manufacturing process.
The quality of the Alfa 159 is also expressed in the materials employed in the interior, combining softness with exact, perfect matches, on the exterior, with water-based paint protected by a double coat of transparent varnish that maintains the sparkle over the years, and in the fine tuning of the Alfa Romeo engines, which achieve the highest possible performance and comfort.
For the Alfa 159, "quality" also means dynamic quality at the top of its class, achieved thanks to sophisticated suspension and the excellent torsional rigidity of the bodyshell. And finally, "quality" also means a wide range of services dedicated to our customers, with solutions to all their needs.
Sportiness and elegance combined in unique, exclusive styling. Harmonious forms and volumes which produce a beautiful, powerful, solid car, when they are supported by Alfa Romeo mechanical and engineering excellence. This is very briefly the spirit of the Alfa Brera, the new coupĂ© which will arouse extreme emotions and guarantee superbly enjoyable driving. The engineers and stylists only had one goal: to combine sportiness with roominess and the quality of life on board.
To achieve this result, they started from the excellent premises of the fascinating Brera prototype, which had excited the press and the general public, winning numerous international awards: the 'Best of Show', awarded by Autoweek magazine at the Geneva Motor Show, 'Best of Show' in the Prototype category at the Villa d'Este Concours d'ĂlĂ©gance, 2 prizes for its category at the Bibendum Challenge 2002, one as 'one of the most elegant cars in the world'; and the title of 'the most fascinating car' at the Super Car Rally 2002 from Paris to Monte Carlo. A worthy curriculum, inherited by new Alfa Brera, which goes on the market at the end of 2005.
Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, the model represents the state of the art in the world of the coupĂ©, a strong compact car, mistress of the road with a strong personality. First of all, this fascinating '2+2' has generous dimensions: it is 1,830 mm wide, 4,413 mm long and 1,372 mm high, with a wheelbase of 2,525 millimetres, although the heightened taper of the front and rear make it look very compact. This does not in any way diminish the elegance of the lines which flow smoothly, from front to back, right down to the built-in bumpers and light clusters with their converging wedge shape.
The exterior line is a succession of classical references, an ideal place where traditional Alfa styling cues are reproposed in a modern key. This is evident at first glance. For example, the rear window that recalls the window of the Giulietta Sprint of many years ago. Or the rear end which reiterates the distinctive traits of recent Alfa Romeo models. And at the front, the bonnet recalls those of cars of the Fifties, dominated by the shield set at the centre. And finally the larger rear light clusters and the four exhaust outlets reinforce the impression of a powerful sports car, like the large tyres and the sporty alloys that are standard throughout the range.
The Alfa Romeo Brera aims to maintain continuity with the past, while enlarging the interior space and raising the standard of life. On a car of great character, the driving position is the hub around which the interior is built. The Alfa Brera is no exception, as you would expect from a car born to offer exuberant performance and an extremely striking design.
Sophisticated, welcoming interiors
The Alfa Brera comes in two outfits, both lavishly equipped with electronic and telematic equipment, and the interior ambience is always welcoming and sophisticated, thanks to the original design, captivating colour and quality materials used for the trims, facia and seats. The interior of the new model epitomises distinctive sportiness, an impression that is heightened by the introduction of innovative solutions, such as the large fixed sunroof which increases the luminosity in the car and the passengers' sense of space, making the line sleeker and more flowing. The seats have built-in head-restraints and a sporty design, but this does not detract from comfort, which remains at the highest levels for this segment. And by folding down the rear seats, the luggage capacity is increased from 236 to 546 litres, which confirms the generous loading area.
Superb engineering technologies
The engine is the real strength of every Alfa model. Behind a fascinating line and strong personality, Alfa cars conceal a range of superb engines with advanced technology and generous performance. The same is true of the Alfa Brera, which offers a choice of two JTS petrol engines (2.2 delivering 185 bhp and 3.2 delivering 260 bhp), and a 2.4 JTDm turbodiesel that delivers 200 bhp (available in 2006), combined with a 6-speed sporty gearbox and complete with DPF filter. In other words, this is a car capable of exciting performance, but also ideal for everyday use.
The safety and dynamic performance of the top of the class
Fascinating styling, plenty of character and superb engineering. The Alfa Brera combines these distinctive features with others, playing its trump cards in the field of safety and dynamic behaviour. While 'enjoyable driving' has always been one of the strong points of any car from Alfa Romeo, 'enjoyable travelling' now becomes a necessary choice when the cars have to guarantee excellent comfort as well as the Alfa character. For this reason, the Alfa Brera fits high double wishbone suspension at the front and a Multilink system at the rear. This layout guarantees excellent dynamic performance but also superb comfort. Whoever sits at the wheel controls the behaviour of this truly great sports car, but certainly does not forgo the excellent comfort guaranteed by the suspension. To which the Alfa Brera adds a sporty trim, Q4 four-wheel drive on the 3.2 V6 version, and the most advanced electronic devices to control the car's dynamic behaviour (the sophisticated VDC system with sporty, non-intrusive calibration, complete with MSR and ASR).
Safe, powerful and with very personal styling, the Alfa Brera marks another step forward in the coupĂ© market, a particular segment where Alfa Romeo with its fantastic tradition, has always been a protagonist.