New 6-speed Automatic Gearbox for Alpha-Romeo 159 - "Q-Tronic"
Alongside the introduction of the 159 1.8 MPI, Alfa Romeo will also roll out a brand-new 6-speed automatic Q-Tronic option for the 159 1.9 JTDm 16V (Progression and Distinctive) and 2.4 JTDm diesel models. The automatic is a totally new system, and adapts to the road behaviour of the driver. Alongside the standard function, Q-Tronic also offers Sport and Winter modes. The driver can also change through the gears manually, by slotting the lever into a separate groove.
With the new Q-Tronic system, Alfa Romeo hopes to satisfactorily answer very strong marketplace demand for automatic versions across the Alfa 159 range, and it is quickly expected to account for a significant proportion of the model’s sales with dealers reporting strong initial interest.
The Q-Tronic’s adaptive character is perfectly complementary to Alfa Romeo’s sporty driving tradition. If, for example, the driver lifts off the accelerator pedal sharply, a “Fast-off” function prevents the gearbox from automatically downshifting into a lower gear. If, on the other hand, the car is stationary at a traffic light, the gearbox automatically shifts after a few seconds into neutral in order to reduce fuel consumption and transmission wear.
Performance with the Q-Tronic is very good, with the top speed on both models only marginally reduced. The 1.9 JTDm 16V Q-Tronic has a top speed of 207 km/h, and reaches 0-100 km/h in 9.6 seconds. Compared with the manual, this increases the factory acceleration time by two tenths of a second, although in reality the Q-Tronic could prove faster for most drivers. The 2.4 version has a top speed of 224 km/h, and an identical acceleration time of 8.4 seconds to the manual.
The six-speed Q-Tronic will also be made available on the Alfa 159 3.2 JTS Q4 towards the end of the year, whereas the 2.2 JTS will see the introduction of a new generation of the sportier Selespeed semi-automatic transmission in October. In the meantime, other new available options on the Alfa 159 range include Home Link and a Passenger Knee Airbag.