Alfa in the USA, more infos

05-20-2003, 12:37 PM

The GM 'Premium' platform based 156 replacement will make its debut late next year. The entry-level version will be a 150hp 1.8 JTS followed by two all-alloy units, a 170hp 2.0JTS and a 190hp 2.2 JTS. The new Orbital/Fiat-GM Powertrain 'Electron' alloy V6 engine which has been heavily revised by Alfa Romeo engineers will come in two specifications: a 230hp 2.8 V6 JTS and a 260hp 3.2 V6 JTS.

Topping the range will be a 300hp probable 2.2-litre capacity supercharged engine while the GTA will boast a twinturbo version of the new 3.2-litre V6 JTS with 400hp. For Alfa Romeo's North American comeback in 2006/7 a US-aimed GTA version will feature Maserati's 4.2-litre V8.

Diesel options will come in the shape of an entry-level 120bhp 1.9-litre unit utilising second generation Multijet technology, a higher-specification version with 160bhp, followed by a 200bhp 2.4 Multijet and a range topping 3.2-litre Multijet with an expected 230+bhp on tap.

As Alfa Romeo gear up to take BMW head on, so the size of the new 158 will increase, 180mm longer, 90mm wider but 30mm lower than the current 156. This will form a trend as the 147 replacement will be the widest car in its class.


The 'Sportiva Evoluta' is now to be known as the TZ3 when it is expected to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in the autumn, almost a year after it was pulled at the last minute from appearing at the 2002 Paris Motor Show. Most likely to be built by Zagato, Alfa Romeo business head Daniel Bandiera is now considering a higher specification Ferrari V12 engine as a follow up to the launch engine which will either be a twin-turbo 3.5-litre V6 or Maserati's 4.2-litre V8.

Bandiera is also thinking in terms of a luxury sporting saloon from Alfa Romeo which could compete with Maserati's new Quattropor

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