The Alfa Romeo Brera is a stylish compact sports car from the Italian automaker that began life as an Italdesign Giugiaro concept in 2002 and became a Pininfarina penned production car in 2005. Alfa Romeo then came out with a drop top Brera Spider in 2006, the sport compact is available with four, five and six cylinder engine configurations as well as Alfa Romeo’s Q4 all wheel drive. The Brera is also offered as a diesel. The top of the line V6 powered Brera makes 255 HP and 237 lb-ft of torque and can go from 0 to 60 MPH in 7.0 seconds.
Italian tuning firm, Romeo Ferraris, has a new tuning program in their catalog, one that features a significant performance modification for the soon-to-be defunct Alfa Romeo Brera. The package is called the RF-Brera, and as the name suggests, it’s got Romeo Ferraris’ imprint all over it.
Already powered by an impressive 3.2-liter V6 engine that produces 260 horsepower and 237 lb/ft of torque, Romeo Ferraris decided that it just wasn’t good enough. So they went out and built a program for the car, adding a host of enhancements that include a Rotrex centrifugal compressor, a new intercooler, a sport air filter, a remapped ECU, and a brand new complete exhaust collector and metal catalyst. On top of that, the Italian tuning company also installed kit sports springs and dampers adjustable in height and calibration to give the car better handling and split-second response, especially in tight corners.
With all these additions, the Brera’s RF-supercharged engine can now produce an output of 358 horsepower and 324 lb/ft of torque, numbers that allow it to hit 0-62 mph in just 5.0 seconds - 1.5 seconds faster than the 6.5-second time of the standard Brera - and reach a top speed of 161 mph, up from the standard model’s 149-mph top speed.
Considering that the Brera is on its last legs as a production model, this feels like an appropriate farewell tuning program from Romeo Ferraris.
There’s some bad news for both the Alfa Romeo Brera and theSpider: starting this fall the two models will be going out of production after only a five year stint in the real world. That’s not all; neither of the two models will get a successor. Bad news all around.
The Brera was designed by Pininfarina and was considered one of the most beautiful cars in the world, at least according to Jeremy Clarkson. However, despite this, the car has never really been a financial success for the company. Many feel that both the Brera and the Spider have never received a challenging enough engine.
The Alfa Romeo Brera was offered with a range of outstanding high-tech power units that offered generous performances: a 185 bhp 2.2 unit and a 260 bhp 3.2 V6 unit, both JTS direct injection petrol units. For the Spider, a 1.8 16V and 2.0 16v Twin Spark engines were available along with a 2.0 V6 turbo that produced 200bhp or a 3.0 V6 in either 12 (192 bhp) or 24 valves (220 bhp).
Now it’s time for both models to swim with the fishes.
The large car craze in the United States is at the end of its life cycle, at least we hope. Gas prices are still a bit high, but they will need to rise just a bit more in order to really bring the small car back into our thoughts again.
That being said, some of the most popular cars on the market today were once considered way too small to be safe. Take the Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris for example. The three-door Yaris is a pretty popular car, but many still find it to be the size of a shoebox rather than the size of a proper car. The Fit is a little bigger, but Americans still find it a bit too small for their tastes. Maybe the seats just aren’t wide enough.
Modern safety laws and design have helped these small cars earn five-star safety ratings, but size still matters in some people’s minds. It’s going to take a few very special small cars, and even a few minivans and wagons, to shake America’s love with large, oversized vehicles. Here are the top ten cars that aren’t available in the United States.
Who knew that when a certain italdesign giugiaro concept car from Alfa Romeo appeared at the 2002 Geneva Motor Show that it would turn out to be so widely accepted in the marketplace? Designed to replace the GTV, the Alfa Romeo Brera started production in 2005 and was then followed by a cabrio version, the Alfa Romeo Spider, in 2006. Both of these models have had continued success in the marketplace and, now, they will continue to do so with a couple of new engines.
The British market has just received the 1750 TBi engine and the 2.0 JTDM powerplant for the Brera and Spider models. The first engine, a 1750 TBi engine develops a total of 200 HP and 320 NM of torque. Powered by the new engine, the two models make the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 7.7 and 7.8 seconds respectively and can hit a top speed of 146 mph. The second engine, a 2.0 JTDM powerplant develops 170 HP at 4,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 360 Nm between just 1750 rpm and 2500 rpm. Powered by the new 2.0 JTDM engine the Alfa Brera and Alfa Spider make the 0 to 62 mph sprint in just 8.8 and 9.0 seconds respectively, and possess a top speed of 135 mph.
Both models will also get a new Italia Independent trim that includes a matte black titanium exterior finish, 18" black opaque turbine design alloy wheels, carbon fiber effect trim inserts, and a radio/sat-nav system. Consumers may recognize this trim as the previous special edition package provided by Alfa Romeo last year. This package was limited to 900 units then, but will be a free-for-all in their newest models.
The British tuner Autodelta will reveal this week at the MPH09 Prestige & Performance Car Show the limited edition Brera S 3.2 Compressore.
Thanks to a supercharging package with intercooler, the 3.2 V6 engine delivers a total output of 352 bhp (by comparison the Brera S delivers 260 bhp) and a peak torque of 435 Nm. The car is equipped with a bespoke mechanical limited slip differential (LSD), which operates in combination with the car’s standard electronic Q2 system.
At the customers request Autodelta is also offering a height-adjustable Autodelta Sportline coilover suspension that features specific new spring rates and 40 different firmness adjustment settings that can be quickly and conveniently adjusted by the driver.
The Italian automaker Alfa Romeo has just unveiled a new Brera special edition model limited to only 90 units and set to be offered exclusively in Europe, Japan and then Australia. Orders for the new "Italia Independent" Brera will begin in September and go on sale starting at €32,200 (about $45,000).
The Alfa Romeo Brera “Italia Independent” will be offered with a 185 HP 2.2 Liter JTS power plant or a 260 HP 3.2 Liter V6 engines, either way they will be shifted with a host of 6 speed gearboxes; depending on which piston pumper you choose the transmission may be a manual, Selespeed or an automatic Q-Tronic. The new Alfa is also available with the automaker’s sophisticated Q4 four wheel drive system which will be exclusive to the 3.2 Liter V6 version.
The Alfa Romeo Brera “Italia Independent” is the first standard-production car to offer a Titanium paint job. This exterior is further enhanced by a set of new stylish 18 inch multi-spoke rims that feature a turbine pattern; the rest of the outside is dressed up with some aluminum pieces like the fuel filler cap, bright red brake calipers and new "Italia Independent" logo on the Brera’s rear end.
Alfa Romeo will unveil at the Paris Auto Show the sporting TI (Turismo Internazionale) specification Brera that is due to go on sale in autumn 2008. The TI logo will be applied to the front wings and will initially be available with2.2 JTS (Manual and Selespeed) and 3.2 V6 engines and later also with other engines.
The Brera TI features: stiffer springs and dampers, 19-inch tires, alloy rims, inspired by the 8C Competizione, large brake discs and Brembo red one-piece front callipers with a radial attachment.
The special edition Brera is powered by a 185 bhp 2.2 JTS engine (an up-to-date power unit made entirely of aluminum and equipped with direct fuel injection.
Prodrive, a British motorsport company, revealed its latest creation, a new tuning kit for the Alfa Romeo Brera coupe, a project which has been developed for more than a year. The new kit features some minor styling changes, inside and out, and will be produced in a 500 limited edition, each of the cars individually numbered with unique Brera S labeling. You can choose to have power either from a 185hp 2.2 LJTS direct injection petrol engine or a 260hp 3.2L V6JTS.
The engineers also added specific Eibach coil springs and Bilstein dampers. Spring rates are increased by over 50 percent compared to the standard Alfa Brera, giving the car a more nimble and agile feel, while the specially tuned gas-filled mono-tube dampers give tighter body control. The suspension static geometry has also been revised to optimize steering and handling, and was lowered 10mm. These changes are combined with new 19in alloy wheels and Pirelli PZero Nero tires. Press release after the jump!
For all the folks who don’t know, the Alfa Romeo Q-Tronic system is a very popular addition to the Alfa Romeo Spider V6 and Brera models since its introduction, back in 2006. Autodelta announced that the Q-Tronic 6-speed automatic transmission will also be available on its Brera J5 3.2 C conversion.
The Brera J5 3.2 C Q-Tronic comes with an increased power of 352 hp and 435 Nm of torque. With this amount of power the vehicle is capable to sprint from 0-100 km/h in just 5.3 seconds and has a top speed of over 260 km/h.
Its officially confirmed that a special edition of Alfa Romeo Brera is being produced for the UK market. Its creator, the British motorsport company, Prodrive, plans to show the modified car at the end of the month. During the last year Prodrive worked closely with Alfa Romeo, especially on the suspension and handling mods.
The new Alfa Romeo Brera “S” has been designed to build on the “existing model’s capabilities to deliver outstanding driver feedback and handling.” This will be a limited edition to only 500 cars and all of them will be differentiated by some exterior and interior details. Among other companies which worked with Prodrive there are names like Subaru and Aston Martin.