The new Alfa 159 Sportwagon goes on sale in the UK with a choice of five powerplants: three petrol engines - 1.9 litre 160bhp and 2.2 litre 185bhp 4-cylinder units, and a 3.2 litre 260bhp V6 - combining JTS (Jet Thrust Stoichiometric) direct injection technology with continuously variable valve timing governing both inlet and exhaust camshafts. With specific power outputs of between 81 and 85 bhp/litre and almost 90% of maximum torque available at just 2000rpm, all three new JTS units boast impressive performance, yet offer significant fuel savings and readily comply with the stringent Euro Stage 4 exhaust emission limits.
Two examples of Alfa Romeo’s renowned JTD MultiJet common rail direct injection diesel engine technology complete the range; a 1.9 litre 16 valve 150bhp 4-cylinder unit, and a 2.4 litre 20 valve 200bhp 5-cylinder powerplant. Both units feature variable geometry turbocharging, and incorporate a ‘for life’, maintenance-free particulate trap (DPF) in anticipation of Euro 5 emissions regulations.
1.9 JTS, 2.2 JTS and 1.9 JTDM versions of the new Alfa 159 Sportwagon are mated to the M32.6 6-speed manual gearbox, whilst 3.2 JTS Q4 and 2.4 JTDM models are equipped with the F40 6-speed manual transmission. The ratios of both transmissions have been chosen with performance in mind, and gear change smoothness and accuracy has been enhanced by the use of multiple cone synchronisers.
3.2 JTS V6 Petrol Engine
- 3195 cc
- 60 degree V, 6-cylinders, 24 valves
- Power: 260 bhp @ 6300 rpm
- Torque: 237 lb ft @ 4500 rpm
- Timing gear: 4 OHC, continuous dual VVT
- Transmission: 6-speed manual, 4-wheel drive
- Top speed: 147 mph
- Acceleration 0-62 mph: 7.2 seconds
- Fuel consumption: in town: 16.5 mpg out of town: 33.2 mpg combined: 24.4 mpg
- CO2: 275 g/km