Alfa Romeo 159 (2006–2011)
- January 2006: Alfa 159 launched
- June 2007
- July 2007
- October 2007
- December 2008: Alfa 159 Limited Edition launched
- August 2009: New engines and trims announced
Alfa 159 launched
Styled by Giugiaro and as fresh and stunning looking as 156 was when it was launched. 4,660mm x 1,828mm x 1417mm (slightly longer than Lexus IS250). Four wheel drive option. Engines from 1.9 four to 260PS 3.2V6. Based on new 'Premium' platform designed for front wheel drive, rear wheel or 4-wheel drive. Prices from £19,995 for 160PS 1.9 JTS Turismo and from £20,495 for 150PS 1.9 JTDm Turismo.
159 Turismo Internazionale launched June 2007. Has a unique body kit, lowered sports suspension, 19-inch alloy wheels, red Brembo brake callipers all-round, plus chrome effect door mirrors and exhaust. Inside, electrically adjustable and heated leather front sports seats along with new sports dials, aluminium sports pedals, kick plates and trim inserts. A leather-clad sports steering wheel and gear knob are also included in the sporty specification list. Choice of three engines. 2.2 JTS and 3.2 JTS V6 and 2.4 JTDM diesel. 2.4 JTDM offers 210PS, 0-60mph 8.4 seconds, top speed 140, 41.5mpg combined and 179g/km CO2, priced at £25,500.
A choice of manual or QTRONIC gearboxes. In addition, Alfa Romeo’s Q4 4WD system, standard equipment on the 3.2 JTS V6, can also be specified on the diesel version. Only three body colours – Alfa Red, Stromboli Grey and Carbonio black.
2.2 JTS TI £23,400
3.2 JTS V6 Q4 TI £29,200
3.2 JTS V6 Q4 TI QTRONIC £30,650
2.4 JTDM TI £25,400
2.4 JTDM TI QTRONIC £26,850
2.4 JTDM Q4 TI £27,400
Production of new EU5 1.9 Multijet diesel from July 2007, beginning with 132 kW (177 bhp) version. A 140 kW (188 bhp) version is to be launched in June 2008 and is also fitted to top SAAB 9-3 diesels from 2008.
Ti version of 2.4 JTD with 210PS and sports suspension announced October 2007 at £25,500. 0-62mph 8.4 seconds, top speed 140mph, 41.5mpg combined and 179g/km CO2.
Alfa 159 Limited Edition launched
Loaded with more than £3000 worth of extra kit, including lowered suspension, red Brembo brake callipers, sports dials with red background, black leather upholstery, Carbonio black metallic paint and darkened 19-inch spoke alloy wheels. Limited to 250 examples and powered by the 1.9 JTDM 150bhp diesel engine it costs £22,168 on the road.
New engines and trims announced
Alfa Romeo’s new, lightweight, variable valve timing, direct injection turbocharged 1750 TBi engine develops an impressive 200 bhp along with 320 Nm of torque to bring new levels of drivability to the Alfa 159 range. The new 16-valve, twin overhead camshaft 1742 cc petrol unit brings keen fuel efficiency to Alfa 159.
From a standstill, the 1750 TBi Alfa 159 Saloon can reach the 0-62 mph benchmark in 7.7 seconds, before topping out at 147 mph. However it is the flexibility of the in-gear acceleration that sets the engine apart from its competitors; with 25 - 62 mph in fifth gear achievable in 11.5 seconds and 37 – 62 mph in sixth gear reached in just 8.9 seconds – this translates, in real world driving, to a more sporting driver experience consistent with a ‘flat’ torque curve and a constant delivery of power - perfect for confident overtaking and long distance driving. In addition, the 1750 TBi version includes a mileage extension to 21,000 miles between routine maintenance intervals.
Alfa’s new 2.0 JTDM powerplant develops 170bhp available at just 4,000 rpm, and its advanced multijet technology means that this new 2.0 JTDM unit delivers its maximum torque of 360 Nm between just 1750 rpm and 2500 rpm. The new 2.0 JTDM powered Alfa 159 covers the 0 – 62 mph sprint in just 8.8 seconds - less than one second off the pace of the more powerful 2.4 JTDM engine, on its way to a top speed of 136 mph. CO2 emissions have been reduced to just 142 g/km.
To coincide with the launch of these new engines, Alfa Romeo has introduced a new range structure which now features five trim levels - Turismo, Turismo Sport, Elegante, Lusso and TI.First of the two new trim levels, Turismo Sport offers drivers sporty upgrades including 17-inch sport alloy wheels, Blue&Me, sports seat cloth, sports leather steering wheel with remote audio controls and gear knob, and sports dials.The new Elegante trim adds additional style to the already highly specified Turismo equipment, including rear parking sensors, visibility pack and luxury Alfatex interior. Prices from £21,800 for 200PS 1750 Turismo and same £21,800 for 170PS 2.0 JTDM Turismo.