: Alfa Romeo will be back in '09.



I~LUV~Caddys8792
12-16-07, 02:22 PM
I'm glad to see a high volume Italian brand coming back into the states again...we could always use some more "exotic" European cars available at "reasonable" prices, the only other "mainstream" European brand we have over here is Volkswagen at this point, and variety is good!

I'm not sure if they've improved their reliability since they left our shores in '95, but man oh man, these new ones look hawt :drool:

The first car to come over, according to the current issue of Motor Trend
will be the 8c Competizione. It should arrive this spring and will jump start the brand's image in the US.

http://www.zcars.com.au/userimages/user1093_1158072873.jpg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfa_Romeo_8C_Competizione

Granted, it looks a bit like a kit car, especially in the rear 1/3 of the car, especially around the rear wheels, but overall it's stunning.

It's got a 4.7L DOHC V-8, rated at about 450 hp, weighs in at about 3500 lbs, they say it's good for 0-60 in 4.2 and a 180+ mph top speed...and the price...Ferrari like at $250,000. But in their defence, they're only building 500 over the next two years, and only 85 are destined for the states.

Then in the spring of '09, that's when A-R will start to send over the more accessible models. They're not sure which ones yet, but they're thinking that it's gonna be the quintessential Spyder (Dustin Hoffman, where are you???), the beautiful Brera coupe, and the 159 compact sedan.

Brera:
http://www.alfaromeo.co.uk/cgi-bin/pbrand.dll/ALFAROMEO_UK/models/models.jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@1256443482.1197829186@ @@@&BV_EngineID=ccciaddmkjfhmhlcefecejgdfkhdfjk.0&categoryOID=-1073800071
http://www.alfaromeo.co.uk/ALFAROMEO_UK/uploads/PB_MODEL_EDITORIAL/1074080096/20060321/01_b.jpg
http://www.alfaromeo.co.uk/ALFAROMEO_UK/uploads/PB_MODEL_EDITORIAL/1074080096/20060321/02_b.jpg


159:
http://www.alfaromeo.co.uk/cgi-bin/pbrand.dll/ALFAROMEO_UK/models/models.jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@1256443482.1197829186@ @@@&BV_EngineID=ccciaddmkjfhmhlcefecejgdfkhdfjk.0&categoryOID=-1073799176
http://www.alfaromeo.co.uk/ALFAROMEO_UK/uploads/1030/1074077558/20070620/159q40013302.jpg
http://www.alfaromeo.co.uk/ALFAROMEO_UK/uploads/1030/1074077558/20070620/159q4001270b.jpg



I just can't wait! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :drool:

I probably wouldn't buy one until they've been here for a few years, just because it'll be a major PITA to find a place that'll service them, not to mention trying to find parts. In that article in Motor Trend, it says that they'll be sold and serviced with Maserati, and there is only one Maserati dealer in Minnesota.

gary88
12-16-07, 03:24 PM
About time! I always got jealous seeing them all over Europe and wishing we had them here.

Beautiful cars they are. I'll definitely be looking into them when they come here.

Cadillacboy
12-16-07, 03:29 PM
So, what's gonna be the next ? Peugeot ,Vauxhall,Opel,Renault,Fiat etc
lol

gary88
12-16-07, 03:44 PM
Here's a 159 sport wagon I saw in Poland over the summer.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v222/gheb88/IMG_31292.jpg

dkozloski
12-16-07, 03:49 PM
Alfa-Romeo has the reputation of being a problematic machine that's always in the shop with annoying/expensive problems. It is not a daily driver for the common slob. It's more like one of the choices in the carraige house.