What is it?
Alfa’s eye-catching coupé gets Fiat Group’s new 1742cc turbocharged petrol engine.
What’s it like?
With some unwise options fitted to the car, it was almost hard to tell.
This test car was fitted with optional (at £2610) electrically adjustable leather seats that come close to completely ruining any enjoyment this Brera can offer.
A combination of over-stuffing and the electrical gubbins leave drivers of all sizes perched far too high for comfort. At least one Autocar staffer couldn’t actually physically drive this Brera.
And while we’re unticking the options boxes, the beautiful 18in 5-Hole wheels and 235/45 tyres (a £700 option) are fundamentally incompatible with broken British roads.
Having dispensed with the undesirable options, it's possible to concentrate on what the Brera 1750 does get right. Striking looks aside, it’s the car’s extraordinary engine that’s the real treat here.
Despite displacing just 1742cc, it not only pumps out 200bhp without feeling remotely over-tuned, it twists out an amazing 236lb ft of torque from only 1400rpm.