The Alfa Romeo 147 is a compact automobile produced by the Italian manufacturer Alfa Romeo since 2000.
The 147 was launched at the 2000 Turin Motorshow as a replacement for the aging 145 & 146 hatchbacks, and is based on the running gear of the larger 156 saloon. It is available with 1.6- and 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder gasoline engines and a 1.9-liter diesel engine. The Alfa Romeo 147 received considerable praise for its styling on launch, and is still considered to be one of the best-looking cars in its class. Its handling was also praised, in spite of criticism regarding the light (sensitive) steering, which makes some drivers feel less involved. However, light steering does help during parking manuevers. Other criticisms of the 147 included a cumbersome gearshift, unsupportive seats and the lack of interior space compared to its rivals. The car became well-known for its engine note, which is unusually mellifluous for a car of its class. The 147 was also voted European Car of the Year for 2001.
The high-performance 147 GTA model was launched in 2002. The GTA used a 3.2 V6 engine, produced 250bhp and could exceed 150mph; the use of the V6 engine being quite unique in a car of its size. Its competitors in Europe include the Audi A3 3.2 and the Renault Sport Clio V-6 (a car that pioneered the concept of the powerful V6 hot hatch in 2001). The GTA is lighter than both of these rivals, despite producing around the same level of power.
The entire 147 range was revamped in 2004, with the exterior styling changed considerably to be more reminiscent of the new 159 and Brera models.
The Alfa 147 with the legendary initials GTA has a look that cannot hide the potential of engineering that has undergone an almost complete reworking with respect to the Alfa 147.
Changes were made to all the components that impact on the car’s dynamics, with a few stylistic changes that give the model a stronger and more sporty look. The result is a beautiful, aggressive car, firmly anchored to the road.
The hood at the front appears lengthened, hinting at the vigor and power of the innovative 3.2 V6 24v engine underneath. The side has an aggressive profile, with larger fenders accommodating the generous 17" and 18" wheels. At the rear the bumper is larger and incorporates a large "extractor" with an aerodynamic function.
Alfa 147 GTA is available in a choice of 10 body colors, including Cloud White, which is a color exclusive to the model.
The passenger cabin of the new Alfa 147 GTA has several features that stress the car’s sporting temperament. Features such as the wrap-around seats with cloth upholstery or, as an optional, in leather, and with a horizontal pattern on the seat reminiscent of Italian sports car styling of the past, the aluminum pedals and footrest, and the central glove compartment in metalluro.
Then there is the three-spoke steering wheel, while the instrumentation on a black background has a new look including a screen for the engine oil temperature on the multi-function display.