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Alfa Romeo Brera Coupe
Getting ready for launch soon

Alfa Romeo Brera Coupe - front view

Brera Coupe, the sporty brother of the new Alfa Romeo 159.

APN,
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).

Alfa Romeo Brera Coupe - back view

Brera's 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.

These 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 end.

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.

Alfa Romeo Brera Coupe - front view from top

The 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.

Alfa Romeo Brera Coupe - back view

Boot  volume: 236 or 546 litres, depending on the rear seats position.

Interiors - 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 filter (DPF).

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 calibration.

* 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).

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