Progetto 941 is the development code of the Alfa 169.(itself a name that has been registered by Fiat Auto this year)
Alfa 169 is the replacement for the 166, a car that never was a strong seller to rival the dominant German brands in the European executive car sector.
Strange how the numbers evolve to the italian carmaker.After the 156 skipe to 159,Alfa Romeo 166 becomes 169.
The new model should be positioned in a higher segment than the current Alfa 166.
The plan of Alpha Romeo is taking shape, so in 2007, they have to introduce at Geneva, a compact flagship that can contrast marks like Porsche.
The 169 will directly compete against the Mercedes-Benz CLS and future 2009 Porsche Panamera 4-door coupé.
The new Italian creation would have to enter in the market at the beginning of 2008.
The 169 will measure nearly five meters long with elegant lines and a price range between €40-55k.
It will be based on Maserati’s new Quatrroporte platform,and will be designed at Centro Stile Alfa Rome.
The 169 will be a low car, similar in height to the CLS at 1.400 mm.
The engine range will consist exclusively of V6 and V8 units, which will drive the rear wheels through transaxle gearboxes.(including a new seven-speed Dual Clutch Transmission design (DCT) which supports high torque loads.)
A GTA version is also on the books, boasting a 5.0 litre V8 pushing out approximately 530 bhp and a massive 600 Nm of torque, although it will not be available as a debut model
Debut range : 2.8 V6 (250 bhp) €47,500, or 3.2 V6 (285 bhp) €50,000; 3.6 V6 (320 bhp) €55,000 (May be cancelled); 4.3 V8 (400 bhp @ 6300 rpm, 500 Nm) €75,000; 3.0 V6 Diesel (275 bhp / 620 Nm) €50,000
Additional engine range: 4.0 V8 Diesel (380 bhp, 800 Nm) €75,000 ; GTA 5.0 V8 (515-530 bhp @ 7000 rpm, 600 Nm) €100,000