sporty brother of the new Alfa Romeo 159.
13th September 2005.
While the new upper medium size (D
segment) and sports-luxury oriented 159 is being launched
into the European markets,Alfa
Romeo is already preparing
the next logical step for the arrival of another
"platform-sibling" model, the 2+2 Brera Coupe,
which will reach the market by this year's end.
Based on the same "Premium" car
platform which was developed with GM's Swedish affiliate Saab*
(the latter withdrew from the project), the Brera will be
launched first as a 2+2 coupe, before being joined by a
spider version expected in about six months from now, just
after the launch of its other sister version, the 159
Estate (early next year).
wide stance with Alfa's design cues.
Industry reports suggest the premium
platform could well be exploited too, not just in Alfa
Romeo's coming crossover SUV
(shown as the Kamal concept car till now), but even for
its next generation E-segment (Executive class) model, as
a replacment for its moderately pretty 166 model, as well
as in two new Maserati
models, a spider and a crossover SUV,
the latter being the offspring of the Kubang GT concept
car, first shown by the trident brand in Detroit auto show
in early 2003.
programs are just part of Fiat Auto's plan to increase Alfa Romeo's
production (amongst other growth ambitions of course, for
Fiat and Lancia too), from just over 162 thousand carslast
year (down from under 183 thousands in 2003), to nearly
doubling at a yearly 300 thousand units by this decade's
Originally designed by Giorgetto
Giugiaro, the Brera was developed after the very warm
reception of its concept car which won international
awards such as the ‘Best of Show’, awarded by Autoweek
magazine at the Geneva Motor Show, ‘Best of Show’ in
the Prototype category at the Villa d’Este Concours d’Élégance.
Brera will be available with the variable
luminosity wide sunroof.
The sporty personality of the Brera
coupé is expresses in medium to compact dimensions in
length (4413 mm) and wheelbase (2525 mm) sizes, with a
generous width of 1,830 mm to "sit" wide on the
road, with no more than 1372 mm roof height.
The exterior interprets classical
references in modern language, such as the rear window
recalling the Giulietta Sprint, the bonnet with its
Fifties traits and its centre shield. Power expressions
emanate from the four exhaust outlets, the large rear
light clusters, the large tyres around the sporty alloys,
standard throughout the range.
volume: 236 or 546 litres, depending on
the rear seats position.
To compete against other quality sports cars, the Brera
will come well equipped with electronics and telematics,
with a welcoming interior through colours, forms and
quality materials of the trims, facia and seats. One of
its innovative solutions could be seen in the large fixed
sunroof with its variable luminosity. The seats have
built-in head-restraints and a sporty design, with a
luggage capacity of 236 litres (rear seats up), expandable
to 546 litres once the rear seats are folded.
Engines - The Brera will offer
first a choice of two JTS, direct injection petrol engines
(2.2 liters delivering 185 bhp and 3.2 liters / 260 bhp),
and a 2.4 JTD turbodiesel that delivers 200 bhp (available
in 2006), with a 6-speed gearbox and diesel particulate
Suspension - The Brera gets high
double wishbone suspension at the front and a multilink
system at the rear, with a Q4 four-wheel drive system on
the 3.2 V6 version, and the various electronic stabilising
programs such as the VDC system with sporty, non-intrusive
GM Held 20 percent of Fiat auto from 2000, then 10
percent before withdrawing completely from
the Italian carmaker last February, paying US$2bn to
cancel the put option which gave Fiat S.p.A. the right to
force GM legally to buy the rest of its car unit (the
issue become subject of debate, but both parties preferred
to sort out the disagreement without legal hassle,
expenses and image bruises).