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2005 Alpha-Romeo 159

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With the Alfa 159, a new charter opens in the design of Alfa Romeo sporting saloons. The use of the very latest technological innovations makes the new Alfa Romeo saloon a car of unparalleled class, offering the very best in terms of dynamism, comfort, active and passive safety. At the same time, the character and sporty style typical of Alfa Romeo cars remains intact, as does the unmistakable temperament of driving Italian style.

Engine

Alfa 159 comes with a choice of three JTS directinjection petrol engines and three new-generation JTDM Common Rail turbodiesels, a perfect reflection of Alfa Romeo’s ‘cuore sportivo’. The 3.2 6-cylinder V petrol engine, along with Q4 fourwheel drive, guarantees the utmost sportiness, while the 2.4 JTDM diesel combines the power of its 200 BHP with total reliability. The 1.9 and 2.2 JTS petrol units offer excellent performance, while the 1.9 JTDM diesels guarantee top-level performance with low running costs. All the engines are designed to give the maximum driving pleasure, excellent pick-up without needing to change gear frequently, and a huge reserve of power for when it is needed, especially when overtaking. This is also made possible by the new 6-speed mechanical gearboxes that allow for a sporty, comfortable drive. The entire range of engines available on the Alfa 159 complies with Euro 4 limits on emissions.

In addition, the diesel engines are fitted as standard with an anti-particulate filter that lasts for the entire lifetime of the vehicle and does not need any additives for regeneration. Innovative engines that offer the utmost driving comfort, thrilling response and high performance. The Alfa 159 remains faithful to the great tradition of Alfa Romeo motor engineering.

Exterior

Alfa Romeo 159 is the maximum expression of the safety and strength of Alfa Romeo, a name that for many years has been synonymous with outstanding performance and quality in the world of sporting saloons.Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, in collaboration with the Alfa Romeo Style Centre, the Alfa 159 has attractive, aggressive and sporty styling. The front features the classic vertical “shield”, which seems to be the starting point for the entire car, and all-new circular lights; the rear, tough and solid, has large pillars around the rear window, a twin exhaust pipe, and a small spoiler that gives the car a sense of style and practicality.

The overall impression is one of elegance, power, sturdiness and dynamism, an impression enhanced by the use of 16”, 17” or 18” alloy wheels in seven different styles. The sloping front pillar gives the car a sleek look, emphasising the presence of the powerful engine under the hood. The elongated rear lights are split by the opening for the luggage compartment, and echo the front lights. The exterior dimensions - 4660 mm long; 1828 mm wide; 1417 mm high, with a wheelbase of 2700 mm – are impressive and provide lots of interior space. Solidity and class, then, are the qualities that strike at first glance of the latest offering from Alfa Romeo. The imposing fenders and wheels flush with the body highlight the 159’s sporty yet perfectly safe character, crucial for all those who want to experience the thrill of a sporty drive combined with a unique level of safety.

Interior

The Alfa 159 is the utmost expression of Alfa Romeo comfort and elegance. Its refined, spacious interior feature a perfect balance between sportiness and elegance and ensure a tremendous amount of comfort.The dual or three-zone automatic climate control system and sunroof mean that you can be sure of travelling in great comfort, while the comfortable wraparound seats and quietness of the passenger cabin recreate the pleasant atmosphere of a living room. In an Alfa 159, you want for nothing. The dashboard is shaped around the driver, and features elegant, highly legible analogue instrumentation, multi-function display, radio with CD/MP3-player and Bose® Hi-Fi, and the latest generation satellite navigator with GSM telephone, both of which can be operated using voice commands and the sophisticated new hands-free system with Bluetooth™ technology, which also has voice recognition allowing you to call numbers stored in the phonebook simply by saying the person’s name. A trip in an Alfa 159 is one you never want to end.

Safety

The Alfa 159 has proved that it is among the very best in terms of safety, passing the strict Euro NCAPsafety tests, scoring five stars– the top score – for the protection of occupants and four stars for child safety.

The recognition gained by the Alfa 159. These excellent results were reached thanks to the use of new high-strength, dual-phase steels for the body, non-deformable floorpan and the solid engine support structure, ensuring the maximum protection for passengers even in the event of a high-speed collision.

All the main elements of the bodyshell are securely inter-connected; three load lines at the front and continuous long members along the length of the car ensure outstanding safety and driving comfort.

The passive safety systems are designed for the best possible results. As well as the front, side and window bags, the car is also equipped with innovative knee-bags for the driver, available for the passenger on request. For smaller passengers, triple Isofix fittings are available in the rear for child seats.

Driving pleasure

Alfa 159 is driving pleasure at its maximum.It is unique. It is thrilling. It is incredibly safe and offers absolute control. The high wishbone suspension at the front and multilink setup at the rear ensure perfect road-holding, guaranteeing perfect positioning of the wheels and keeping them in constant contact with the road.

In addition, the highly efficient braking system, fitted with ABS with electronic brake force distribution, allow the car to come to a stop in only 36 m when travelling at 100 km/hr.

The Alfa 159 uses the most sophisticated electronic stability control systems, such as VDC, while still leaving the driver free to enjoy being in control of the car. In track tests, the Alfa 159 recorded figures that stand comparison with the very best grand touring cars. Being at the wheel of an Alfa 159 is a thrill you haven’t yet experienced.




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