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Alfa Romeo Brera

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Alfa Romeo Brera

The Alfa Romeo Brera has stunning looks and drives well



Engine Engine power Fuel consumption Fuel type 0-100 (0-60) Top speed
2.2 JTS 185 hp 9.4 l/100km Petrol 8.6 s 222 km/h
2.4 JTD 200 hp 6.8 l/100km Diesel 8.1 s 228 km/h
3.2 JTS V6 260 hp 11.5 l/100km Petrol 6.8 s 240 km/h


Body type Coupe
Number of doors 2
Number of seats 2+2
Engine position Front
Driven wheels Front/All
Length 4 410 mm
Width 1 830 mm
Height 1 341 mm
Wheelbase 2 528 mm
Ground clearance ?
Weight (normal) 1 470 kg
Weight (max) ?
Boot space (min) 236 l
Boot space (max) 610 l
Fuel capacity 70 l

 

   The Alfa Romeo Brera is an Italian sport car, produced since 2005. It is available as a coupe or a Spider convertible. It was designed to replaced the Alfa Romeo GTV.

   It is offered with three engines. The entry level 2.2-liter petrol and a 2.4-liter turbodiesel do not provide enough performance. Even the 3.2-liter V6 with an all-wheel-drive has an acceleration speed comparable only to a hot hatch. In short the Alfa Romeo Brera is more of a hot hatch rather than a sports car. Things might change with the introduction of a new V8 engine.

   The Alfa Romeo Brera rides comfortably over coarse surfaces. It is fun around the corners, while the steering is precise and well weighted, but a little short on feedback.

   Engines of this car sound nicely when idle, but the sound is even more pleasant to hear as the revs go up. At the motorway speed engines are hushed, while the wind and road noises do not make you feel uncomfortable.

   It is worth buying the Brera only for it's stunning looks. Add a little more and you will get an Audi TT. Running costs on the V6 will be high, while when it comes to selling your car it's value will be weak. Furthermore Alfa Romeo's reliability is rather disappointing, so you might better consider buying one of it's rivals.

   Inside the car everything seems to be well built from a high quality materials.

   Steering wheel and driver's seat have got plenty of adjustments, so most of the drivers will find a comfortable driving position. Unfortunately tall drivers will find their heads brushing the ceiling.

   Despite that, there is enough space for the front passengers. A panoramic glass sunroof give the cabin airy feel. Although being a four-seater, the rear seats will suit only children. The boot is large enough, but a high loading lip makes it awkward to use. The rear seats can be folded.

   The Brera has much in common with the Alfa Romeo 159, which has a five-star Euro NCAP crash tests rating. Consequently the Brera should be a safe car in case of an accident. Furthermore safety kit includes seven airbags and stability control.

   Despite being a pricey car compared to it's rivals, the Alfa Romeo offers plenty of luxury toys, such as a dual-zone climate control, cruise control, leather upholstery and large alloys as standard on most models.

 

   Advantages: The Alfa Romeo Brera has stunning looks and drives well. Plenty of luxury toys.

   Disadvantages: Engines do not give enough acceleration to consider Brera a true sports car. This car is expensive to buy and to run, while it's reliability is disappointing. Furthermore the rear seats will suit only children.

   Verdict: Buy it only for it's looks.

   Also consider: Audi TT, Mazda RX-8.

 

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