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169 [Mar.06]
The new Alfa flagship, codename Progetto 941, should be positioned in a higher segment than the current Alfa 166, with the objective of stealing sales from cars such as the 4 door coupes Mercedes CLS and the upcoming Porsche Panamera. The 169 should arrive in 2008, and will share platform with the next Maserati Quattroporte . RWD should make the marketing playing field a bit more level for Alfa in its assault on big german saloons, and the 169 should be one of the centerpieces for Alfa Romeo’s return to the US. Engines would probably be 3.2 V6 290bhp, 4.2 V8 400bhp, 3.0 V6 diesel 250bhp, and maybe a GTA 5.0 V8 with 520bhp!

A go for the 8C Competizione! [Mar.06]
The 8C Competizione was designed and developed by Alfa Design Centre and first presented as a concept at the 2003 Frankfurt Auto Show. A production-standard 8C will be presented at the 2006 Paris show in September. A limited run of 500 cars will be built — split between a coupe and spider — with a price tag of at least € 120.000,-. The 8C will most likely introduce a new 4.7 litre engine developed by Ferrari and Maserati, producing at least 450bhp. Expect top speed over 300 km/h and 0-100 in 4.5 sec. The name is classic Alfa going back to the pre-war 8 cylinder (8C) models, and Competizione comes from the 1950-model 6C 2500 Competizione Sports Coupé. [8C Competizione 1] [8C Competizione 2] [8C Competizione 3] [8C Competizione 4] [8C Competizione 5]

Brera Spider! [Jan.06]
The new Spider will be presented at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2006. First options will be the 185 bhp 2.2 JTS or the 260 bhp 3.2 JTS, the latter with 4Q (4 wheel drive). The Spider is a generously sized two-seater with its 183x439x136 cm measurements. A number of various interior colour combinations along with two different soft top shades will be available. [Brera Spider 1] [Brera Spider 2] [Brera Spider 3]

Brera in TopGear road test [Jan.06]
"You’re illuminating the lives of others by showing them something of extraordinary beauty." Read the complete Brera test drive at www.topgear.com

159 Sportwagon [Jan.06]
The new Sportwagon will be presented at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2006. 2 or 3 versions will be available depending on country. 12 bodywork colours, and 5 interior selections. 6 engines will first be offered; 160 bhp 1.9 JTS, 185 bhp 2.2 JTS, 260 bhp 3.2 JTS and 3 diesel versions; 120 bhp 1.9 JTDM, 150 bhp 1.9 JTDM and 200 bhp 2.4 JTDM. All with either 6 speed manual or automatic.  [159 Sportwagon 1] [159 Sportwagon 2] [159 Sportwagon 3] [TopGear’s Jeremy Clarkson 159 review in The Times]

Alfa with Microsoft infotainment system
Fiat Auto Group and Microsoft Corp. will unveil their jointly developed infotainment system Blue&Me™ at the 2006 Geneva International Motor Show. Beginning in March, motorists can connect their personal mobile devices with the integrated solution in four brand-new models: the Fiat Grande Punto and the Alfa Romeo Brera, 159 and Sportwagon models. Later in the year, Blue&Me will be also available in Lancia cars and the Fiat Light Commercial Vehicles. The new system comes at a very competitive price. The Windows Mobile for Automotive-based infotainment package comes with Bluetooth and USB connectivity, which allows drivers to listen to music from their personal integrated media player. It also features a hands-free phone kit that can be controlled completely by voice control. The system is the result of the partnership that Microsoft and Fiat Auto initiated two years ago — an extremely short time in which to bring such a device to market.

149 [Nov.05]
Now that the 159 saloon is complete, Alfa stylists are turning their hand to the replacement for the 147 due in 2007. The style has already been through customer clinics, but the engineering choice is between a modified version of the next Fiat Stilo/Lancia Delta platform or a shortened Alfa 159 base. If this early computer image proves correct, it will be heavily based on the 8C Competizione first shown in the 2003 Frankfurt Motor Show. A GTA is expected!

 WTCC: Alfa takes a bow [Nov.05]
Alfa Romeo have confirmed that they will be bowing out of the World Touring Car Championship following the last 2005 race in Macau, albeit with a potential view to entering again in 2007. It is then likely that Alfa Romeo may move down to the forthcoming 149 which is due to be unveiled by the end of 2006, although the team claim that they may still plough their resources into a privateer team next year so as to maintain a presence in the championship. [www.teamnordauto.com]

8C Spider [Aug.05]
Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California presented the Alfa Romeo 8C Spider in August 2005. The original Alfa 8C Competizione was presented  at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2003. Both cars will use a modified version of the 400 bhp Maserati 4.2 litre engine, now with 440bhp! Both the 8C Competizone and the 8C Spider are both concepts for now, but strong rumours says they will hit the showrooms in 2007 – although in a limited number only. [Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance]

159 is here! [Jun.05]
The 156 replacement – the 159 – was presented at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2005 and go on sale in Sept./Oct. The 159 is a bit larger than the 156 and will be delivered with Alfas rear biased permanent 4 wheel drive Q4, and with 6 speed or Selespeed transmission. Engines are a 160bhp 1.9 JTS, a 185bhp 2.2 JTS and a 260bhp 3.2 V6 JTS plus 3 JTD diesels. The 159 Sportwagon will be presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 05 and be for sale early 2006. A GTA version with a 400bhp bi-turbo Q4 will most likely be launched late 2007. [159 1] [159 2] [159 3] [159 4] [159 5] [159 6] [159 7] [159 8] [159 9] [159 10] [www.alfa159.com] [TopGear’s Jeremy Clarkson 159 review in The Times]

Disco Volante 2005 [Apr.05]
The American Giovanni Rizzo, a graduate student at the Transportation Design class at Pasdena Art Center, has recreated the classic Alfa Romeo concept from 1952 – the Disco Volante [flying sourcer in Italian]. Only 3 of the original was ever build – one coupe and two  different Spiders. [Disco Volante Spider 1952] [Disco Volante 2005] [Disco Volante 2005] [Disco Volante 2005]

Brera is here [Mar.05]
Alfa Romeo Brera – the new sports 2+2 coupe flagship and GTV replacement – was presented at the 75th Geneva Motor Show in March 2005. 3 models headed the launch; a 2.4 JTD 200bhp turbo diesel, a 2.2 JTS 185bhp and the 3.2 V6 Q4 [rear biased permanent 4 wheel drive] with 260bph. The original Giugiaro/ Italdesign Brera concept, first shown in 2002, received an exceptional amount of interest and also won the concept car of the year award. The production version seems very close to the original although it is both longer, higher and a bit more narrow than the concept car. The scissors-style doors have gone, but the tinted glass roof has been kept. Production starts in September and prices will be around € 32.000 for the 2.2 and € 39.500 for the AWD 3.2. Following models will be: 200bhp JTD (Mar.06), 250bhp 3.0 JTD (May.07), 400 bhp biturbo 3.2 V6 Q4 (Oct.07). A Spider version will also be available. [Brera1] [Brera2] [Brera3] [Brera4] [Brera5] [Brera6] [Brera7] [Brera8] [Brera9] [Brera Concept1] [Brera Concept2] [Brera Concept3] [Brera Concept4] [www.alfabrera.com] [www.machinewarriors.com]

GT collects two more awards [Nov.04]
Alfa Romeo’s stunning new coupé, the Alfa GT, has triumphed over stiff competition to win two important European accolades for its outstanding design. As well as winning the prestigious Design Trophy awarded by the French publication, L’Automobile, the Alfa GT has triumphed at the annual awards for the L’Automobile Più Bella del Mondo (The Most Beautiful Car in the World), winning the votes of an international jury of leading designers, artists, engineers and architects in Milan, Italy. The judges recognised the skill with which the stylists at Bertone and Centro Stile Alfa Romeo had drawn on Alfa Romeo’s extensive heritage, in particular the 1900 SS, the Giulietta Sprint, the Alfetta and Giulia Sprint GT, yet had produced a car that has its own unique style and character. The sought-after annual Design Trophy awarded by French publication L’Automobile also celebrated the Alfa GT’s styling, with its readers voting for the Italian coupé ahead of competition that included the new Mercedes CLS and the Citroën C4.

Autodelta 156 GTA 3.7 V6 [Sep.04]
London-based Alfa Romeo tuners Autodelta has now also upgraded the standard 156 GTA. The Autodelta GTA is powered by a bored-out version of the existing 3.2 V6 unit, with engine capacity now up to 3750cc, delivering 328bhp at 7300rpm and capable of reaching 175mph! Autodelta’s own styling and manufacturing dept. Creativestudio, has given both the 156 and 147 a new, distinctive and even sportier look. It will be strictly customer built and each one will have its own plaque carrying the serial number. More on www.autodelta.co.uk. [Autodelta 156 GTA] [Autodelta 147 GTA 1] [Autodelta 147 GTA 2]

Next gen. GTV and Spider based on Brera concept [Aug.04]
Next generation Alfa GTV will be based on the Giugiaro/Italdesign concept Brera, which was first presented at the Geneva Motor Show 2002. The original Brera is a classic 2+2 seat configuration with the bodywork entirely made of carbon fiber composite and an all-new Alfa 4litre V8 engine with at least 400 hp. The GTV will probably be somewhat modified and it will first appear at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2005 and go on sale towards the end of that year. Rumors has it that a Spider version will be presented in Geneva 2006. Italdesign has had a love affair with Alfa Romeo since it was established and their recent creation was the spectacular Alfa Romeo Scighera in 1997. [Brera Concept 1] [Brera Concept 2] [Brera Concept 3] [Brera Concept 4] [Scighera]

Crosswagon 2004 [Mar.05]
Alfas new version of the Sportwagon is named Crosswagon and was presented at the March 2004 Geneva Motor Show. It will have new bumpers and side skirts, and be 60 mm higher than the original Sportwagon. Four wheel drive and the 1.9 M-Jet diesel engine will be only engine option with more alternatives to follow. Crosswagon will go on sale in Italy in October  04. [Crosswagon 1] [Crosswagon 2] [Crosswagon 3]

Visconti concept
Italdesign will present their new Alfa Visconti concept at the Geneva Motor Show March 2004. If everything goes as planned for Giugiaro and Italdesign, the Visconti will be Alfa’s new flagship car with it’s 3.2 litre 400bhp V6  twin turbo engine. According to Italdesign, the concept is practically ready for production and has been designed for all wheel drive and steering.

No  return to the U.S. for Alfa
Alfa Romeo has shelved the plan to drive its sleek sportscars back into the U.S. market in 2007. Head of the brand  Daniele Bandiera said they will rather focus on growing in Europe and Asia.

New GT
The GT Coupe was designed by the Bertone Style Centre and represents a brand new concept of sportiness that blends comfort and elegance the Italian way.  With a length of 4.48 m, width of 1.76 m and a height of 1.39 m, the GT is aggressive and compact. The car owes its performance to a mechanical layout that has borrowed the very best features from the 156, including three power units, the 140 bhp 1.8 T.Spark, the 165 bhp 2.0 JTS and the 150 bhp 1.9 JTD MultiJet 16V. Those who want the very best in terms of performance and sportiness can choose the GTA version equipped with the 240 bhp 3.2 V6 24 valve engine and equipped with 6 airbags, Bose Hi-Fi with CD/MP3-player, cruise contol, dualzone aircon, xenon lights nav system, 17" wheels etc. [GT 1] [GT 2] [GT 3] [GT 4] [GT 5] [GT 6] [GT 7] [GT 8] [GT 9]

Kamal SUV concept revealed at Geneva
The Kamal concept presented at the Geneva International Motor Show 2003 is a little shorter that the 156 Sportwagon, but high enough (1620mm) to be clearly a SUV in its concept. The vehicle is designed by the Arese Style Centre and was shown as an exterior-only model. The rugged yet voluptuous design shows a likely future direction for Alfa Romeo and would be a logical addition to their current range, and could share parts with the 147 and 156. Kamal is powered by 3.2 litre V6 with 250bhp driving all four wheels. [Kamal1] [Kamal2] [Kamal3]

A comeback for the TI
The TI – Turismo Internazionale – is back. The letters used to be assigned to Alfa’s best-equipped cars. Standard production models which underwent both styling and mechanical changes to create thoroughbred sports car for the ordinary road. They now designate a sporty kit that will be available for the whole Alfa range. The code stands for quality and a guarantee that changes such as wider tyres, alloy wheels and sideskirts have been made in the factory. The TI interior will be identified by sporty configuration seats, leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear knob, an aluminum sill plate and black facia and ceiling. [147 TI] [156 TI]

156 GTAm to be given the green light?
The "m" version of the 156 GTA displayed at the Bologna Motor Show in December 2002, will probably be given the green light for a 500 unit run. Built by N-Technology – Fiat’s competition department – the 156 GTAm transfers racing technology from the 2002 156 GTA SuperTouring race cars (which swept all before them in the European Touring Car Championship) into a car designed for the road with an increased version of the 147/156 GTA 3.2-litre V6 engine. The cylinder displacement has been increased to 3548cc and power is raised from 250 to 300 hp. The body wings and bonnet have also been changed to composites for less weight. The light alloy wheels are 8 x 19" fitted with 235/35ZR19 tyres. The sports ride set-up is also new with height-adjustable shock absorbers by Bilstein with Eibach springs, and the front brakes come with bigger Brembo calipers and 330 mm discs. [GTAm1] [GTAm2] [GTAm3]

New Alfa design studies
The Master’s Transportation Design students at Pauda Design College have been working on a project assigned by Alfa’s design dept. Centro Style. Among the many suggestions, the  Alfa "Corsa" and "Eva" was chosen. The Corsa concept is back wheel drive 2+2 coupe – quite like the Ferrari 360 Modena from behind – while "Eva" is an extreme 2-seater with design details from the 50’s Formula 1 Alfas. [Corsa11] [Corsa2] [Corsa3] [Eva1] [Eva2]

Alfa wins the 2002 ETCC [European Touring Car Championship]
For more than 30 years the GTA logo has been used to identify Alfas prepared for racing. Nordauto’s close link with Alfa has resulted in the Nordauto GTA Racing Team competing with the new 156 GTA in the European Touring Car Championship (ETCC). After a superb performance in 2001 – (1st and 2nd place in the Drivers Championship, and 1st in the Team Championship), Alfa Nordauto have done it again! First place for both driver and team in ETCC 2002. The Alfa team did great all through the 2002 season with 13 wins out of 18! The domination was in fact so strong that FIA midway in the season decided to make new rules to "optimise the equality of performances between the cars". Front-wheel drive cars (Alfa Romeo) was loaded by 15 kg ballast and rear-wheel drive cars had the weight reduced by 15 kg. Alfa Rules! [www.teamnordauto.com]

147 GTA
The 147 GTA made its public debut at the 75th Paris Motor Show in September. The 147 GTA is fitted with the 3.2-litre 24v V6 engine from the 156 GTA. Along with this powerplant it has a revised suspension set-up, upgraded braking and improved safety systems, GPS navigation and 17" alloy wheels with 225/45 tyres.
[147 GTA1] [147 GTA2] [147 GTA3]  [147 GTA4]

Spider Special Editions 2002
2 different versions of the Spider has been introduced. The Edizione Sportiva and Edizione Elegante. They both have newly designed leather seats and 17" rims [with 225×45 tyres], and white side blinkers. The Sportiva also has air vents situated behind the front wheels. [Read more…]

Art Center College of Design showes Alfa design
Art Center College of Design recently hosted its Spring 2002 Graduation Senior Show, featuring work from ten graduating students in the Bachelor of Science – Transportation Design program. Among the designs presented was the Alfa Romeo GT Sedan "Elessa" by Tom Matsumoto and the Alfa Romeo GT "Xapher" by Jae Shin. Shin felt that Alfa needed a front engined, rear wheel drive, two seater. His goal was to make a one of a kind car, – just like the Viper and the TT. The "Xaphers" front design is very aggressive and the overall design is very romantic which hints at the flavor of Italy. Tom Matsumoto proposed the "Elessa", – a GT sedan, which would have a strong impact as well as make profitable sales. The "Elessa" is beautifully proportioned, with a fluid and sculptural form. A triangular grill, character line on the body side and a thin long tail lamp signal that this is unmistakenably Alfa Romeo.
[Elessa] [Xapher] [Art Center College of Design]

New GTV?
The Transportation Design students at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena presented their works recently. Among the concepts was sketches of what could be the next generation Alfa Romeo GTV. The drawing is by student Taehoon Kim, and is simply breathtaking! Art Center College of Design is one of the world’s leading in Transportation Design. Probably more than half the world’s cars are designed by former students.

GTA Versions
The introduction of the GTA version [like the BMW M versions] in each model range has started with the 147 GTA, 156 GTA and the Sportwagon GTA. The GTA will include lowered suspension, newly designed 17 inch wheels with 225/45 tires, enlarged brakes, Xenon lights, head airbags, better quality dashboard with GPS navigation and telematic system. The classic Alfa V6 now has 3.2 liters displacement, and 24 valves, and the output is 250 bhp. The interior will have a general mild upgrade and feature sports seats and steering wheel. The 166 GTA is expected late 2003 and GTV/Spider GTA will be developed for the next generation, and are scheduled for a 2004/5 release. Auto Express recently did a review of the Sportwagon GTA and says: «Quite simply, it’s possibly the sports car bargain of the decade – and an estate to boot» Not bad 🙂 For those of you understanding Norwegian, both the magazines Vi Menn and Drive have taken the 156 GTA for a spin, and give top ratings! [156 GTA1] [156 GTA2] [Sportwagon GTA]

3.  generation Sportwagon
The Transportation Design students the the Italian L‘Instituto d’Arte Applicata e Design di Torino showed their work in July 2001. The project was based on Alfa sportconcept and the planning of the 3. generation Sportwagon with backwheel drive. See the works by Giorgio Pirolo, Simone Canepa, Fabio Miniati, and Michele di Lillo.

147 with extra muscle
UK company Autodelta have launched 2 turbo-versions of the Alfa 147 called "J12" and " J12 Evo" – in the same series as the J10 Spider/GTV and J11 156. Autodelta has modified Alfa’s EOBD version III T-Spark engine (1.6 and 2.0 liter), which has been used by Alfa since the end of 2000. "J12 Evo" – the 2.0 liter – will manage 0-100 km/h at 5.7 sec. and 240+ km/h. Also read more about the Alfa 147 Cup

Fiat and GM joint venture
In March 2001, General Motors and Fiat Auto formed a joint venture. Because of this, the next-generation 156, Sportwagon and Spider will be based on GM’s Epsilon II platform rather than one of Fiat/Alfa’s own platforms. Alfa’s re-entering the US market will start with showing off the Spider at the Detroit Auto Show in January 2005 and sales will start the same year in dealerships shared with Saab and Cadillac.

Autonis – Germanys first cadesign award
I’ve of course always thought that most Alfas looks great, and now more than 50.000 readers of the German mag  AutoStrassenverkehr do agree. "Die Schönsten Autos 2001" was chosen in 12 categories and among 339 different models. Alfa Romeo won TWO categories: The compact class – Alfa Romeo 147, and the stationwagon class – Alfa Romeo Sportwagon.