Revised versions of Alfa Romeo’s executive flagship, the 166 sports saloon, go on sale in the UK on Thursday 1 April.
The result of a 60 million Euro investment, the rationalised and restructured 2004 Alfa 166 range features new styling by Alfa Romeo Centro Stile, carefully considered cabin trim revisions, extensive standard equipment specification upgrades, painstaking suspension modifications and comprehensive safety equipment, including the fitting of a sophisticated Vehicle Dynamic Control system as standard across the range.
Priced from £21,750-£29,900 on-the-road, the revised Alfa 166 range features four models and a choice of three outstanding petrol engines; a 2.0 litre 16-valve Twin Spark unit with 6-speed manual transmission, a 3.0 litre 24-valve V6 allied to 4-speed Sportronic automatic transmission, and Alfa Romeo’s 240 bhp 24-valve 3.2 litre V6 powerplant, which is also available in the Alfa GTV, Spider and the new Alfa GT.
Mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, the all-aluminium 4OHC 3.2 litre V6 in the revised Alfa 166 develops 240 bhp at 6200 rpm, with a maximum torque of 213 lb.ft at 4800 rpm, giving the new Alfa 166 a 0-62 mph acceleration time of just 7.4 seconds, and a maximum speed in excess of 150 mph.
These figures are complemented by a torque curve that offers high output at low speeds. Thus, the revised 166 can cruise effortlessly in sixth gear at less than 2000 rpm, yet accelerate rapidly and smoothly away without the need for changing gear.
Further refinement of Alfa Romeo’s proven double wishbone front and multilink rear suspension includes revisions to spring and damper rates, as well as modifications to rear wheel toe-in, to reduce body movement through corners and under braking, and achieve the optimum balance between roadholding and comfort essential to an Alfa Romeo sports saloon.