Alfa Romeo 147

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Alfa Romeo 147

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Can’t choose between a hot or a luxury car? Then Romeo would like to to you!

The bloke up front in the was having a bit of a go. The speed he was carrying he knew the road well, and the exhaust exiting from the of his 318ti was a tell-tale sign weren’t exactly au naturel the bonnet.

But he was starting to sweat a and his glances in the rear view told us he was well aware of our No doubt he was having trouble the hatch with the bold locked onto his rear

It’s the Alfa Romeo 147, the and possibly most important, in the resurgence of Alfa in Australia.

Not so years ago the Italian marque was in a state. Now when you look at the line-up – from through GTV V6 to 156, 166 and now 147 – you see a of cars that have the best aspects of the cuore

And a big part of that is strong, design. The 147 is perhaps Alfa’s modern design yet; an blend of retro and radical, it that signature grille, a low bonnet and a taut tail carries hints of Peugeot’s 206

The interior is also classy, designed and, remarkably for an car, ergonomically sound. surfaces abound and the switchgear has a feel that speaks of design. Jewel-like details are throughout the cabin, like the TT-style circular ventilation and cowled instruments.

The 147 rides on a modified 156 platform, but the of shortening the floorpan has been by revised spring and damper new rear suspension pick-up and a new vehicle dynamic control stability system.

As our travelling discovered, the 147 offers sparkling dynamics and high grip that allow it to be punted relatively effortlessly. The quick and decent feedback through its tiller also give it a of surefooted chuckability.

Powering the 147 is Alfa’s 2.0-litre Spark four, which twin counter-rotating balance a twin spark, 16-valve head and electro-hydraulic variable timing to pump out 110 kW at 6300 rpm and 181 Nm at rpm.

Alfa Romeo 147

Despite the fact been around since it remains a gem of an engine. Smooth and it boasts a delicious exhaust a meaty bottom-end and mid-range, and a top-end.

Australian cars come in much one level of trim, comprehensive standard equipment stretches to power windows, and remote central locking, control, ABS, stability traction control and six airbags.

Under, the 147 will be sold in three and five-door configurations. come motivated by the 2.0-litre Spark, with a choice of manual or the clever Selespeed sequential manual.

Intriguingly, three and five-door are priced with … choice the differentiator between models. three and five-doors come in at while Selespeed cars $41,500.

Our first drive of the 147 confirmed it’s well-built and comfortable, a strong sporting bloodline. it’s not a hot hatch like Clio Sport, nor a sophisticated luxury car like Audi’s A3, nicely placed between the two and of fitting either brief.

Saturday, 1 September 2001

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