Alfa Romeo Brera and Spider get new petrol and diesel engines
17 May 2010

The Alfa Romeo Brera and Spider will now be available with 197bhp 1750 TBi petrol and the 168bhp 2.0 JTDM diesel engines.

The engines were introduced to the Alfa 159 range late last year, earning positive reviews.

Read the Alfa 159 Sportwagon 1750 first drive review

The 1750 TBi unit has turbocharging, direct injection and variable valve timing. It produces 197bhp from just 1742cc and 236lb ft from just 1400rpm.

The Brera and Spider hit 0-62mph in 7.7 and 7.8sec respectively, before going on to a top speed of 146mph. Emissions are 189g/km for the Brera and 192g/km for the Spider.

Impressively, routine maintenance intervals for the engine is set at every 21,000 miles.

The 2.0 JTDM delivers 265lb ft from 1750rpm, with the Brera and Spider travelling from 0-62mph in 8.8 and 9.0sec respectively. Top speed for both cars is 135mph, while CO2 emissions are 142g/km.

Again, the service interval is every 21,000 miles.

Both cars also get a new trim level - Italia Independent. These cars will be finished in matt black, have 18-inch black alloys, red brake calipers and an Alfa 8C inspired aluminium fuel cap.

See the Alfa Italia Independent pictures

Inside, the car gets a leather steering wheel, leather seats, red stictching, carbonfibre trim inserts, aluminium pedals and a combined radio and sat-nav sytem.

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17 May 2010

At last!

17 May 2010

This engine sounds like the real thing and a big improvement over the 150bhp found in my 159. I hope they don't drop the 2.4 5 cylinder diesel engine as it has character. The only real issues I have with the 159 is the rear leg room and a small opening for the boot so I hope the Guilia address' these area's.

17 May 2010

It is pity that these cars are not in the long therm production plan, due to Alfa's plan of new models. I would like to see this colour on the Giulietta QV, or Mito QV. Wonderful engines,design of interior and exterior,true Alfa spirit!

17 May 2010

[quote RadeB]It is pity that these cars are not in the long therm production plan, due to Alfa's plan of new models. I would like to see this colour on the Giulietta QV, or Mito QV. Wonderful engines,design of interior and exterior,true Alfa spirit![/quote]

Totally agree.

17 May 2010

They are not in the long term plan because , they have been a commercial flop, the reason they have been a commercial flop is because mr pullover never believed in them and therefore stopped all development straight away. so its a classic case of catch 22

17 May 2010

They are,unfortunately, too heavy and the new platform is not build for them. They will come up wit new coupe and spider anyway!

17 May 2010

[quote gtv6]They are not in the long term plan because , they have been a commercial flop, the reason they have been a commercial flop is because mr pullover never believed in them and therefore stopped all development straight away. so its a classic case of catch 22[/quote]

They are a commercial flop because they are built on a platform that was designed to underpin everything from medium and large Alfa's to Saab's to large Lancia and Cadillac and a baby Maserati, with longitudinally or transverse mounted engines up to 8V and a choice of FWD, RWD or AWD. None were built except the medium Alfa's, hence the platform is:

1) Overcomplicated and overengineered, thus too heavy (despite great stiffness and safety)

2) Overengineered and not built in a large enough number, so very expensive due to lack of economies of scale

3) Commercially unsuccessful because weight compromises handling and cost compromises value and profitability

So it's still a case of catch22, but not the way you put it (volumes and commitment). It is volumes and cost. It makes perfect sense to build the Giulia on the Giulietta platform.

17 May 2010

[quote giulivo]

[quote gtv6]They are not in the long term plan because , they have been a commercial flop, the reason they have been a commercial flop is because mr pullover never believed in them and therefore stopped all development straight away. so its a classic case of catch 22[/quote]

They are a commercial flop because they are built on a platform that was designed to underpin everything from medium and large Alfa's to Saab's to large Lancia and Cadillac and a baby Maserati, with longitudinally or transverse mounted engines up to 8V and a choice of FWD, RWD or AWD. None were built except the medium Alfa's, hence the platform is:

1) Overcomplicated and overengineered, thus too heavy (despite great stiffness and safety)

2) Overengineered and not built in a large enough number, so very expensive due to lack of economies of scale

3) Commercially unsuccessful because weight compromises handling and cost compromises value and profitability

So it's still a case of catch22, but not the way you put it (volumes and commitment). It is volumes and cost. It makes perfect sense to build the Giulia on the Giulietta platform.

[/quote] I've read in many italian forums and magazines ,that a solution to the weight issue was available to fiat, but was canned because marchionne a) never even liked the design of these cars ( 159 included ) b) because he had other priorities to attend to..... So i'm afraid it is a case of lack of commitment.

17 May 2010

21000 miles!! I'd be nervous leaving a car for that long without a service.

17 May 2010

[quote Casanova]

21000 miles!! I'd be nervous leaving a car for that long without a service.

[/quote]I asked exactly this question when I had the Skoda as it was every 18,000 miles, my Accord was 12,000 miles and my 159 every 18,000 and each time the answer came back as engine oil life!

In fact the Alfa garage told me the 159 has sensors to measure the oil degredation and at each service the dealer has called to ask if I want the oil changing! apparently the oil was OK and could have gone longer. Suffice to say I got it changed.

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