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Alfa series gets a new look.

It is all change at Alfa Romeo for the new September registrations, with revisions to the 147, 156, GTV and Spider models.

The new-look 147 gets a new engine option too, in the form of latest 1.9-litre JTD 16V, offering a hefty 140bhp.

This extends the diesel reach of the three and five-door model range, which already includes 115 bhp 1.9 JTD versions.

The Alfa 147's remarkable new 1.9 litre twin overhead camshaft, four-valves-per-cylinder, multijet engine combines a power output of 140 bhp at 4000 rpm and an outstanding torque figure of 224lb ft at just 2000 rpm.

Mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox, the newcomer will accelerate from 0-60 mph in nine seconds, and has a top speed of 130 mph, whilst returning almost 50mpg, with CO2 emissions of just 157 g/km.

Prices are: Alfa 147 JTD 16V Turismo 3dr pounds 16,170; Alfa 147 JTD 16V Turismo 5dr pounds 16,670; Alfa 147 JTD 16V Lusso 3dr pounds 17,470; Alfa 147 JTD 16V Lusso 5dr pounds 17,970.

Restyled versions of the charismatic sports models, GTV and Spider convertible, have also just gone on sale, featuring substantially more power from two new engines.

The four model GTV and Spider range, priced from pounds 21,570, incorporates new exterior and interior styling, enhanced standard equipment packages and, in addition to other significant mechanical revisions, a choice of two engines new to the range: a 165 bhp 2.0 litre JTS direct injection unit, and a 3.2 litre, 24 valve V6, as seen in GTA versions of the Alfa 156 and 147.

Alfa Romeo's new 4-cylinder, 2.0 JTS engine is among the world's most powerful direct injection petrol engines in production, boasting over 82 bhp per litre and torque above 74lb ft per litre.

On board, a new fascia, finished in black, complements a revised centre console and red instrument dials for optimum night driving clarity.

Standard equipment levels have been comprehensively upgraded and now include automatic climate control, a full Momo leather interior, electric windows and door mirrors, a stereo radio with CD player and alloy wheels.

Prices are: GTV 2.0 JTS Lusso pounds 21,570; GTV 3.2 V6 24v Lusso pounds 26,320; Spider 2.0 JTS Lusso pounds 23,270 and Spider 3.2 V6 24v Lusso pounds 28,020.

There is also a minor facelift for the Alfa 156 family model, which gets the more powerful 140bhp diesel engine option too.

Most prominent new features are the distinctive Alfa family grille and restyled front lights. The price of some versions rises by about two per cent, to reflect increased equipment levels, but the price of others goes down.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUIT
Date:Aug 22, 2003
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