The Alfa Romeo 169 will to arrive in 2008. It will share the Maserati Quattroporte’s platform. The 169 comes to replace the 166, a car that had never been a strong seller. It will compete with models like Mercedes -Benz CLS-Class and future 2009 Porsche Panamera. The 169 will be one of the models that will be sold in USA on Alfa Romeo’s return. Prices will start from approx 40,000 euro.
The 169 will be the first rear-wheel drive Alfa in nearly two decades. Based on the Quattroporte platform, the 169 will feature a longitudinal engine, RWD and a transaxle gearbox that will help the weight-distribution. This will make from the 169 a very good alternative to Mercedes, BMW and Lexus luxury sedans.
The engine range will consist of V6 and V8 units, which will drive the rear wheels through transaxle gearboxes. The engines will be: 2.8 liter V6 engine delivering 250 hp, 3.2 liter V6 engine delivering 285 hp. 3.6 liter V6 engine with an output of 320 hp, 4.3 liter V8 engine with an output of 400 hp at 6300 rpm and 368 lbs-ft and a 3.0 V6 diesel engine with an output of 275 hp and 457 lbs-ft. The top speed will start at 155 mph for the 2.8 liter V6 engine and will go up to 175 mph for the 4.3 V8 engine. The 0 to 60 mph sprint will be made in 6.1 seconds for the 2.8 liter V6 engine and going up to 5.2 seconds for the V8 engine.