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31st January, 2011

The Alfa Romeo Brera will end its showroom 'career' in 2011 but the Italian coupe will not fade away just yet. It will get one final technological boost so that its performance continues to match its styling.

For its final months in the market place, the Alfa Romeo Brera will be available in limited numbers with the all new Alfa Romeo 1750 TBi engine, and despite the better performance, economy and emissions offered by the engine, the Alfa Romeo Brera 1750 TBi costs the same as the car it replaces at $64,990* (manufacturer's list price which excludes the state/territory statutory charges and dealer delivery fees) and, additionally, gains equipment improvements, including 19 inch alloy wheels, automatically folding door mirrors, electrically adjustable front seats and an interior trimmed with the "Pieno Fiore" leather. The range topping Brera, the 3.2 JTS V6 Q-Tronic also benefits from changes for its final model year, with a price of $79,990* (manufacturer's list price, which excludes the state/territory statutory charges and dealer delivery fees) which represents a $11,000 saving.

Equipped with the new 1750 TBi engine, the Breraís 0-100 km/h time is cut from 8.6 seconds to 7.7 seconds, while top speed remains 110 km/h on certain Australian freeways, the top race track speed is boosted from 222 km/h to 235 km/h. But, despite this performance lift, fuel consumption rating is reduced. Indeed, on the combined test cycle the Brera equipped with the new 1750 TBi engine saves 1.3 litres of fuel every 100 km with its figure of 8.1 litres per 100 km. Not only does the Brera 1750 TBi meet the EuroV emissions standard, its CO2 emissions drop from 221 g/km to 189 g/km.

This gain in engine efficiency has been achieved with an advanced ignition control solutions including direct fuel injection, two continuously variable valve timing units, a turbocharger and a revolutionary scavenging control system.

But the blunt zero to 100 km/h time and top speed figures are just part of the story. As well as providing 147 kW at 5,000, the new 1750 TBi engine delivers 90 more Nm of torque, up from 230 to 320 Nm from just 1,400 rpm. The provides the Brera 1750 TBi with in-gear performance that rivals that of a 3.0 litre V6 and makes the Brera 1750 TBi an even more exciting and involving driving experience, something that is further enhanced by the reduction in weight over the front axle which means sharper, more responsive steering and better handling balance.

Styled by Giorgetto Giugiaro in collaboration with Alfa Romeo Centro Stile at Arese, Milan, the design of the Alfa Romeo Brera remains faithful to the coupe concept first shown at the 2002 Geneva Motor Show.

Complimenting the new Brera 1750 TBi, the Alfa Romeo Brera 3.2 litre JTS V6 combines power and torque peaks of 191 kW at 6,300 rpm and 322 Nm at 4,500 rpm respectively, with smooth, linear power delivery from low speeds. Some 90% of peak torque is available from just 1,800 rpm and maintained up to 6,250 rpm. Hence, the 3.2 litre V6 24v unit delivers sensational performance, but is also very docile, and the Brera can cruise effortlessly in sixth gear at less than 2,000 rpm, yet accelerate rapidly and smoothly away without the need for changing gear.

Matched to the Q-Tronic six speed automatic transmission and Alfa Romeoís Q4 permanent four-wheel drive system as standard, the 3.2 litre JTS V6 engine will accelerate the Alfa Brera from 0-100 km/h in 7.0 seconds and on to a top speed of 240 km/h.

Both versions are comprehensibly well equipped:

Brera 1750 TBi

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  • Electric windows with one-touch function
  • Dual Zone climate control
  • Remote central locking with alarm and immobiliser
  • 7 airbags, including driverís knee airbag
  • Electronic key and start button
  • Stereo radio/CD with steering wheel audio controls and 6 speakers
  • 10 Disk CD Stacker
  • Leather steering wheel and gearknob
  • Fog lights
  • Rear parking sensor
  • Cruise control
  • Multifunction display with trip computer
  • ABS anti-lock braking with EBD, Hillholder and HBA
  • VDC with Hill Holder
  • Rear armrest with ski 'tunnel'
  • 60:40 split folding rear seats
  • 19 inch spoke alloy wheels
  • Pieno Fiore leather interior
  • Electrically adjustable seats with heating and memories
  • Electrically folding door mirrors
  • Full length glass sun roof
  • Blue and Me Bluetooth connection system with i-Pod/USB connection

Brera 3.2 JTS V6:

In addition, V6 adds:

  • Bose sound system
  • Xenon headlights
  • Headlight washers
  • Q4 all wheel drive

Both passive and active safety features are comprehensively represented in the new Brera. In addition to seven standard equipment airbags, seatbelt pre-tensioners and a fully integrated Fire Prevention System, the new car comes with a comprehensive range of state-of-the-art electronic braking, traction control and stability systems fitted as standard. ABS anti-lock braking is combined with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution over all four wheels, and a sophisticated switchable Vehicle Dynamic Control unit enhances cornering stability. VDC is further augmented by ASR to limit wheelspin during acceleration, MSR to modulate braking torque when changing down through the gears, and a unique Hill Holder function to facilitate smooth hill starts.

The Alfa Romeo Brera 1750 TBi has a price of $64,990* (MLP), while the Brera 3.2 JTS V6 Q-Tronic is $79,990* (MLP).

NOTE: * Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice.


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