New Engines and Trim for Alfa Romeo Brera and Spider

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A taste of things to come? Not really. While North America will certainly get a reenactment of The Graduate and likely something sporty with two-doors, the beautiful Brera won't lead Alfa Romeo's reemergence onto our continent, and the upcoming Spider will likely look more like the 8C than current more angular model; not such a bad thing mind you.

Before Alfa puts the nail in the Brera coffin and revises the iconic Spider, the Italian performance brand is offering these final iterations. Styling hasn't changed, and there won't be many complaints about that, but a new trim level dubbed Italia Independent, which previously came as a special edition, boasts the latest automotive fashion trend, matte finish paint. The Italia Independent edition is finished in matte black titanium, while 18-inch black opaque "turbine" design alloy rims frame bright red brake calipers for a decidedly menacing look. An 8C-inspired aluminum fuel cap finishes off the exterior modifications.

Inside, the Italia Independent gets a revised black leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter knob, highlighted with red stitching, while sport dials enhance the gauge package. Carbon fibre trim inserts abound, and unique sport leather seats in black with Italia Independent embedded into the headrests officially brand it as special. Aluminum sport foot pedals finish off the sporting upgrades, while an upgraded audio system with satellite navigation plus Blue&Me wireless connectivity update these older models to current premium-class expectations.

Furthermore, all Brera and Spider trim levels will benefit from upgraded Fiat Powertrain Technologies (FPT) engines, the least of which gets the classic Alfa displacement designation of 1750. The turbocharged 1750 TBi gets direct-injection to improve performance and fuel-efficiency, now rated at 197 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. The 1,742 cubic-centimeter engine moves the Brera to 100 km/h in 7.7 seconds and Spider in 7.8, while both reach a top speed of 235 km/h (146 mph).

The second engine is FPT's 2.0 JTDM turbo-diesel, boasting Fiat's MultiJet technology. It's a 2.0-litre mill that might not impress with its 168 horsepower, as diesels rarely do, but should raise a few eyebrows with 265 lb-ft of torque. It scoots the Brera along to 100 km/h in 8.8 seconds and Spider in 9.0, while both top out at 217 km/h (135 mph). Fuel economy is what matters with this second engine choice, however, and although Alfa has yet to release any numbers they'll certainly be more enticing than the former engine's consumption specs; Alfa only states that the 1750 TBi promises "keen fuel efficiency."

The diesel is cleaner too, with CO2 emissions reduced to just 142 g/km. This results in more savings, as the two Alfas powered by the 2.0 JTDM receive greater tax breaks. CO2 emissions for the 1750 TBi are significantly reduced, mind you, to 189 g/km for the Brera and 192 g/km for the Spider.

No doubt at least the gasoline engines will make their way across the Atlantic as part of new offerings from Alfa Romeo, as well as some Chrysler group products. It's possible the diesel will show up in a smaller Jeep or compact Ram truck, if the automaker has plans to reenter the smallest entry-level pickup truck segment.

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Topics: Alfa Romeo, Brera, Spider, Engine,

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