Alfa Romeo At The Frankfurt International Motor Show - The Alfa 147 and 156 | Part Three

Alfa Romeo 147


And so we move on from the world of racing cars to cars that drive on ordinary everyday roads. Beginning with the 147, our prestige compact car represented by a 140 bhp 1.9 JTD 16V Multijet version. The same power unit is also fitted to an Alfa 156 with a Distinctive specification and trimmed in the new Alfatex patented cloth. The array continues with a saloon equipped with a 2.5 V6 24 valve power unit and a sportwagon version with a powerful 175 bhp 2.4 Multijet engine.

The German motor show will also welcome an Alfa 156 2.0 JTS bearing the TI logo and equipped with a Selespeed sequential gearbox. The Selespeed gearbox is no ordinary automatic transmission but a manual gearbox with robotised action that combines the convenience of an automatic device with the operating speed of a conventional control. You can also choose a conventional up-and-down joystick-type clutch. Or steering wheel controls located behind the rim. This car, in particular, comes complete with the sports designation TI (Turismo Internazionale), a label that Alfa once allotted only to its highest performing stars. Nowadays those two simple yet glorious letters reappear on a special line that may be requested on Alfa Romeo models.

Space is also given to the new Alfa Spider and Alfa GTV, here seen with a brand new look and a revised range of specifications and power units. These models have always evoked driving satisfaction from the viewpoints of sportiness and style and their appeal is unaltered. Two cars are present, both in the more opulent specification and with the powerful 240 bhp 3.2 V6 24v.

Visitors to our aluminium, glass and Plexiglas showchambers will also discover the 250 bhp 3.2 V6 24v (the heart of our GTA models) and the 165 bhp 2.0 JTS. We are also exhibiting two powerful Multijet, multivalve turbodiesels: the 140 bhp 1.9 16v and the 175 bhp 2.4 20v. The last showcase contains the sophisticated high double wishbone suspension fitted to GTA versions and also the 156 and 147 models. This is another way to remind visitors of the GTA family made up of the Alfa 156 and Sportwagon (available also with Selespeed gearbox) and the Alfa 147 (shortly to be available with a Selespeed gearbox). All compellingly-styled sports vehicles that combine a glittering racing pedigree with the cream of contemporary engineering.

Published 31 August 2003 Melanie Carter

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