What is it?
The Brera coupe gets a new engine (as does sister model Spider too), this down-sized, direct injection turbocharged four cylinder replacing the old 3.2 V6 with its strong 197bhp and exceptional, diesel-esque 236lb ft from 1400rpm.
This engine has helped upgrade the handsome but ageing 159 into a late-life contender, and it would be no less satisfying if the beautiful Brera were similarly transformed.
Those old enough will know that ‘1750’ has special significance in Alfa history, first as a pre-war sports car of mighty reputation, and in the late ‘60s as an iteration of the Giulia 105 Series family, which included the terrific GTV that the Brera is a descendent of.
Intriguingly, Giorgetto Giugiaro designed both cars, the first as a 22 year old on national service.
What’s it like?
When the 159 got this engine option last year there were a number of improvements to go with it, but the Brera has largely done without such attention.
So while the new engine impresses with its torque and sound-track, the car itself feels curiously leaden and unsporting, the deft poise and fluent handling that you’d expect proving as absent as it they’ve always been.