25.02.2002

THE ALFA 166


The car for the demanding motorist who appreciates sophisticated technology and expects his car to guarantee an outstanding quality of life on board, safety and, obviously, enjoyable driving, the interior of the Alfa flagship is furnished with quality materials and details. It is comfortable because it is ergonomic. Enjoyable because of the sensations offered by the advanced climate control system, the excellent soundproofing and the efficient comfort of the suspension. Sophisticated because of the technology designed to simplify life, with an efficient electronic interface, a Cruise Control system that is useful on motorways, an 'intelligent' radio that dynamically adjusts the volume depending on speed, and a satellite navigator that suggests the best way of reaching your destination.

Solid and imposing, but also agile and raring to go, the Alfa 166 has a suspension layout that guarantees total control of the car in all situations. And electronics galore to exploit the outstanding performance that all versions of the Alfa 166 are capable of in absolute safety: from ABS with electronic brakeforce correction to anti-slip systems for automatic traction control, and the VDC system (Vehicle Dynamic Control) which intervenes in near-limit conditions and helps the driver to control the car when cornering.

The customer can choose between various gearbox-engine combinations. The gearboxes offer a power 6th for all models in the range. The engines are all assertive, reliable and environment-friendly. They are the 2.0 T. Spark 16V (110 kW - 150 bhp), the 2.5 V6 24V (138 kW - 188 bhp) and the 3.0 V6 24V (162 kW - 220 bhp) all petrol fuelled, and the new 2.4 JTD with power output boosted from 140 to 150 bhp. Ten extra horsepower that take the Alfa 166 to a top speed of 210 km/h, with the following consumption figures: 7.5 l/100 km in the combined cycle, 10.4 in town and 5.8 out-of-town.

A 3.0 V6 24V is displayed in Geneva with the Sportronic transmission, a sophisticated self-adaptive automatic transmission that lets the driver choose between fully assisted and sequential manual management.

The Alfa 166 is a saloon capable of outstanding performance in many areas, and in the end, the car's most outstanding characteristic is probably the superb balance between comfort, performance, safety and its sleek, alluring styling. The essential dowry for a car in this segment.


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