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Old 05-17-2010, 08:02 AM   #1
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Default Alfa Romeo Brera and Spider 1750 TBi and 2.0 JTDM (2010)

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Alfa Romeo has fitted its new 200bhp 1750 TBi engine to the 2010 Brera coupé and Spider convertible ranges – alongside the 170bhp 2.0 JTDM diesel. We'd already seen both engines in the 159 compact executive model in 2009, but the new pair should broaden the appeal of Alfa's distinctive sports duo.

Alfa's 1750 TBi: the tech lowdown

The TBi engine is a very zeitgeisty 1742cc four-cylinder, equipped with twin overhead cams running 16 valves, direct injection and turbocharging. This full book of tech is enough to liberate 200bhp and 236lb ft from just 1400rpm – not bad specific outputs for a 1.7.

The new TBI engine will appeal to business drivers in particular, who will benefit from CO2 emissions of 189g/km in the Brera and 192g/km in the Spider. It's not an especially low emissions figure in isolation, but decent when you remember this duo will sprint to 62mph in 7.7sec, hit 146mph and require servicing only every 21,000 miles.

And the 2.0 JTDM?

Alfa coined the first application of common-rail diesel technology a decade ago in the 156, don't forget. Things have moved apace since then, the new 2.0 JTDM delivering 170bhp and a stout 266lb ft of twist from 1750-2500rpm.

The diesel Brera and Spider take around 8.8sec to reach 62mph and top out at 135mph. Emissions of CO2 stand at 142g/km.

At the same time as launching these new engines in the sportier Alfas, the company has rolled out a new spec level: Italia Independent. It adds a head-turning matt black paintjob, 18in black alloys, red brake callipers and an 8C supercar-style aluminium fuel cap. Inside you'll find black leather aplenty, aluminium trim on the pedals and carbonfibre dotted here and there.

We'll stick with the rather attractive standard cars, thanks...











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Old 05-17-2010, 08:05 AM   #2
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Those look great.

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Old 05-17-2010, 09:51 AM   #3
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Old 05-17-2010, 09:55 AM   #4
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Jesus Christmas! When are we getting these? Alfa is on a roll!!!
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Old 05-17-2010, 01:48 PM   #5
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Nice to look but gonna need lots more HP to compete in US market.
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Old 05-17-2010, 03:38 PM   #6
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Nice to look but gonna need lots more HP to compete in US market.
Power output is on par with other cars in the segment I think. If you look closely at the numbers for both Diesel and gasoline engines, they're almost identical to the VW GTI and VW GTD figures. People will argue that the Brera is on the "heavy" side of things, but I don't think that's really an issue.
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Old 05-17-2010, 04:15 PM   #7
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Power output is on par with other cars in the segment I think. If you look closely at the numbers for both Diesel and gasoline engines, they're almost identical to the VW GTI and VW GTD figures. People will argue that the Brera is on the "heavy" side of things, but I don't think that's really an issue.
I think you're right, so long as pricing is in the same ball park as the VW's.

I've enjoyed driving the Alfa rental cars I've had in Europe, but am skeptical about their reliability. They sure are nice cars to look at...
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Old 05-19-2010, 12:06 AM   #8
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The cars themselves aren't "new", just the powertrains. I would, however, kill a kitten to have one, here...

legally...

for free...

with a good warranty...

and free loaner car when it needs work...
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Old 05-19-2010, 12:22 AM   #9
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I "reviewed" the 2.4L diesel last year...

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Old 05-19-2010, 01:07 AM   #11
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Does anyone make prettier cars?
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Old 05-19-2010, 01:12 AM   #12
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WAAAANT. I'll take a hatch in white kthxprz!
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Old 05-19-2010, 03:25 AM   #13
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Does anyone make prettier cars?
Well there's...

okay but there's...

well I guess you could say...



Um, well no.
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