New Alfa 156 And Alfa Sportwagon | Part Six

156 TI (2003)

 

The New TI Range

TI stands for Turismo Internazionale, the acronym that Alfa Romeo used to assign only to its most sportingly equipped cars. Such cars were derived from standard production models that underwent styling changes and mechanical changes to create true sports cars that could still be driven on ordinary roads. Today those two simple yet glorious letters are making a comeback on New Alfa 156 and Sportwagon, designating a sporty kit available for the Alfa Romeo range. The code stands for quality and a guarantee that the changes have been made in the factory. The New 156 and Sportwagon with the TI signature are targeted at passionately sporty drivers and offer greater driving satisfaction, more handling and more braking capacity. In other words, the dynamic behaviour of a car that spices your everyday driving experience with racetrack sensation.

All in all, a car for those who demand the very best when it comes to sportiness. And want it to be known without ostentation. Hence the styling decision not to change the exterior shape of the standard production cars too radically but limit the changes to a few features. From the outside, the cars are still recognisable but simply look meaner with a more vice-like grip on the road. Apart from the external ID, this version can be recognised by the sporty suspension set-up, the wide tyres, sideskirts and alloy wheels with exclusively designed spokes (215/45 17") with the TI logo on one spoke and the Alfa Romeo logo in the centre. Inside, a TI interior can be identified by the ID on the gear trim, the leather, sporty configuration seats plus the leather-trimmed sports design steering wheel and gear knob. More sporty touches are added by the sill plate and the black facia, ceiling and mats.

Cars, in other words, that thrill and give authentic driving gratification during everyday use. Cars that represent the purest distillate of brand values and are the ambassadors of that particular form of elegant sportiness that has made us famous the world over. The new TI kit is the right choice for customers who want to enter the sporting world of Alfa Romeo where the topmost rung is occupied by the GTA family: Italian-style on-road vehicles, powerful and safe with cutting-edge technology to assure maximum satisfaction and peak driving control at all times.

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Published 9 June 2003 Melanie Carter

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