Alfa Romeo Brera (2005–2011)

Model History

March 2005

Debut at Geneva Motor Show

On sale late 2005. 2+2 dimensions: 4,414mm long, 1,830mm wide, and 1,372mm high. Deeply tapered front and rear styling creates impression of a very compact car. Three levels of trim and choice of 2.4 JTD 200 bhp turbodiesel , and two petrol engines (185 bhp 2.2 JTS or 260 bhp 3.2) coupled to either an automatic transmission or a 6-speed manual gearbox depending on version. Integral Alfa Q4 traction control system in some versions.

May 2008

After a year of intensive suspension and chassis development at Prodrive, Brera S launched, endowing Alfa Brera with better driver feedback and handling. Power from same direct injection petrol engines – the 185 bhp 2.2 JTS and the 260 bhp 3.2 V6 JTS.

May 2010

Alfa Romeo UK introduced its new 200 bhp 1750 TBi petrol and the 170 bhp 2.0 JTD M diesel engines to the Alfa Brera coupé and Alfa Spider convertible range.

In addition to the two new engines produced by Fiat Powertrain Technologies (FPT), an exclusive edition trim level will be available, known as Italia Independent – featuring unique content including a matt black titanium exterior finish, 18-inch black opaque turbine design alloy wheels, carbon fibre effect trim inserts and a radio/sat-nav system. The Italia Independent trim will be available on all Alfa Brera and Alfa Spider derivatives.

The new Alfa Romeo 1750 TBi engine. Lightweight, variable valve timing, direct injection turbocharged. 200 bhp with 320 Nm of torque. From a standstill, the 1750 TBi engined Alfa Brera and Alfa Spider go from 0 - 62 mph in times of 7.7 and 7.8 seconds respectively, before both topping out at 146 mph. Routine maintenance intervals for the 1750 TBi version will be set at every 21,000 miles.

Alfa’s 2.0 JTDM powerplant develops 170 bhp at 4,000 rpm, and the latest incarnation of its MultiJet technology means that the 2.0 JTDM unit delivers its maximum torque of 360 Nm between 1,750 rpm and 2,500 rpm. 2.0 JTDM powered Alfa Brera and Alfa Spider cover 0 – 62 mph sprint in just 8.8 and 9.0 seconds, with a top speed of 135 mph. Emissions are reduced to just 142 g/km – putting these vehicles into one of the lower road charge tax bands. Routine maintenance intervals for the 2.0 JTDM version are set at every 21,000 miles.

From the exterior, the Italia Independent trim is distinguished by its head-turning matt black titaniuim finish, 18-inch black opaque ‘turbine’ design alloy wheels, red brake calipers and Alfa 8C inspired aluminium fuel cap.

Internally, the car boasts a sporty black leather bound steering wheel and gear knob with red stitching, carbon-fibre trim inserts, sports dials, black sports leather upholstered seats with Italia Independent branded headrests, aluminium sports pedals and foot rest, and a high-tech radio/sat-nav sytem with Blue&Me™.

Characteristics 1750 TBi 2.0 JTD M
No of cylinders, arrangement 4 in line, transverse front mounted 4 in line, transverse front mounted
Bore x stroke (mm) 83 x 80.5 83 x 90.4
Displacement (cc) 1742 1956
Compression ratio 9.5 : 1 16.5 : 1
Max power output bhp (kW-EC) at rpm 200 (147) 5000 170 (125) 4000
Peak torque Nm(kgm-EC) at rpm 320 (32.7) 1400 360 (36.7) 1750
Timing system 2 OHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable valve timing, direct injection Belt drive, roller rocker arms 2 OHCs (toothed belt), hydraulic tappets, 4 valves per cylinder, MultiJet direct injection with turbocharger and intercooler
Fuel feed Direct injection with turbocharger integrated with ignition, scavenging functional mode Bosch EDC 16C39 electronic engine management system
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM (12V)
Battery: capacity (Ah) / Generator (A) 90/120 90/100
TRANSMISSION
Drive Front Front
Number of gears Final ratio 6 + 1R - 3.545 6 + 1R - 3.545
TYRES
Standard version 225/50 R 17 225/50 R 17
STEERING SYSTEM
Steering system Rack and pinion with power steering Rack and pinion with power steering
Steering diameter kerb-to-kerb m) 10.7 10.7
SUSPENSION
Front Independent with double wishbones and anti-roll bar anchored via ball joints Independent with double wishbones and anti-roll bar anchored via ball joints
Rear Independent with Multilink design Independent with Multilink design
BRAKES – (DISCS)
Front (mm) Ventilated 330 x 28 D, fixed aluminium calliper with four 42 mm pistons Ventilated 330 x 28 D, fixed aluminium calliper
with four 42 mm pistons
Rear (mm) Solid 292 x 22 D, combined 42 mm floating calliper Ventilated 292 x 22 D, combined 42 mm floating calliper
WEIGHTS – TANK CAPACITY
Fuel tank (l) 70 70
Kerb weight DIN (kg) 1430 1480
Max towable weight (kg) 1450 1500
PERFORMANCE
Top speed mph (km/h) 146 (235) 135 (218)
Acceleration (driver + 30 kg) 0-62 mph (s) 7.7 8.8
0-1000 m (s) 28.9 30.2
FUEL CONSUMPTION – EMISSIONS*
urban cycle mpg (l/100 km) 23.9 (11.8) 39.8 (7.1)
extra-urban cycle mpg (l/100 km) 47.1 (6.0) 64.2 (4.4)
combined cycle mpg (l/100 km) 34.9 (8.1) 52.3 (5.4)
Exhaust emissions – CO 2 (g/km) 189 142
Emissions Standard Euro 5 Euro 5
ALFA SPIDER
Characteristics 1750 TBi 2.0 JTD M
No of cylinders, arrangement 4 in line, transverse front mounted 4 in line, transverse front mounted
Bore x stroke (mm) 83 x 80.5 83 x 90.4
Displacement (cc) 1742 1956
Compression ratio 9.5 : 1 16.5 : 1
Max power output bhp (kW-EC) at rpm 200 (147) 5000 170 (125) 4000
Peak torque Nm(kgm-EC) at rpm 320 (32.7) 1400 360 (36.7) 1750
Timing system 2 OHC, 4 valves per cylinder variable valve timing, direct injection Belt drive, roller rocker arms 2 OHCs (toothed belt), hydraulic tappets, 4 valves per cylinder,
MultiJet direct injection with turbocharger and intercooler
Fuel feed Direct injection with turbocharger integrated with ignition, scavenging functional mode Bosch EDC 16C39 electronic engine management system
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM (12V)
Battery: capacity (Ah) / Generator (A) 90/120 90/100
TRANSMISSION
Drive Front Front
Number of gears Final ratio 6 + 1R - 3.545 6 + 1R - 3.545
TYRES
Standard version 225/50 R 17 225/50 R 17
STEERING SYSTEM
Steering system Rack and pinion with power steering Rack and pinion with power steering
Steering diameter kerb-to-kerb m) 10.7 10.7
SUSPENSION
Front Independent with double wishbones and anti-roll bar anchored via ball joints
Rear Independent with Multilink design
BRAKES – (DISCS)
Front (mm) Ventilated 330 x 28 D, fixed aluminium calliper with four 42 mm pistons Ventilated 330 x 28 D, fixed aluminium calliper with four 42 mm pistons
Rear (mm) Solid 292 x 22 D, combined 42 mm floating calliper Ventilated 292 x 22 D, combined 42 mm floating calliper
WEIGHTS – TANK CAPACITY
Fuel tank (l) 70 70
Kerb weight DIN (kg) 1490 1540
Max towable weight (kg) 1450 1500
PERFORMANCE
Top speed mph (km/h) 146 (235) 135 (218)
Acceleration (driver + 30 kg) 0-62 mph (s) 7.8 9.0
0-1000 m (s) 29.2 30.5
FUEL CONSUMPTION – EMISSIONS*
urban cycle mpg (l/100 km) 23.7 (11.9) 39.8 (7.1)
extra-urban cycle mpg (l/100 km) 46.3 (6.1) 64.2 (4.4)
combined cycle mpg (l/100 km) 34.5 (8.2) 52.3 (5.4)
Exhaust emissions – CO2 (g/km) 192 142
Emissions Standard Euro 5 Euro 5

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