Alfa Romeo 156 JTS

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Alfa Romeo 156

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Jet Thrust Stoichiometric – Alfa speak for direct – offers more and better performance at no cost to economy. And, starting the 156 we’ve driven, it’s for every Alfa Romeo you can By Glenn Butler

Alfa mid-sized 156 sedan plays in must be the most crowded segment in Australia. A quick of CarPoint’s new car search reveals than 50 different models between $45,000 and $75,000. out the people movers and 4WDs and still left with a number of vehicles to choose

Which is why things like awareness and brand quality can a big part in a purchase decision. How does a carmaker stand out the crowd if not by their brand? BMW and are know for above average and attention to detail, Saab is for its unique take on design, the for their mechanical strength and focus.

Alfa Romeo is known as a builder of elegant, designs. Stunningly evocative, Romeo’s new car designs inspire the form of flattery from car companies. Take one look at the cluster on the 147 and 156, and then out Mazda’s 2 small car.

Romeo’s also known for of the sweetest performing, highly engines in production. Witness the clean revving power of its quad cam V6 producing 162kW in the GTV and Spider. Even its punchy, infested 2.0-litre twin four was worth a sigh or but that’s about to change.

the JTS engine, which Alfa claims offers better economy, lower emissions and power and torque in a given capacity. Australia will sample JTS technology on the 2.0-litre, cylinder engine. Eventually be fitted to all Alfa Romeo

JTS stands for Jet Thrust Stoichiometric, to you and me it direct injection. Instead of fuel into the induction the JTS system injects fuel into the combustion chamber. claims its system results in ignition and a more even, complete burn which improved engine response and emissions.

The 2.0-litre JTS engine gets new pistons, camshafts and exhaust for a net gain of 7kW and 19Nm on the same twin spark engine. power and torque are still at the same 6400rpm and 3500rpm

Alfa Romeo’s claim of economy gains is dubious, as it is against engine power and not kilometres driven. Alfa’s of 0-100km/h in 8.2 seconds (down 8.6) seems far more

Alfa Romeo’s Australian launched JTS in July with a 156. Only Alfa diehards will be able to the new model without sighting the JTS on its rump, the only external is the sports side skirts. was a conscious decision aimed at resale values high on models.

The JTS gains automatic sensing wipers, headlight ASR traction control, and VDC and EBA on the ABS. ASR is Anti Slip Regulation, VDC is Dynamic Control, EBA is Electronic Assist, and ABS. we all know one, don’t we?

More anyone?

The JTS comes in for a plethora of enhancements. A new dashboard finish, new centre console, multi-zone control, standard cruise and Alfa Romeo InfoCentre computer) are all added to the 156 spec, with a Blaupunkt six-speaker system. Side window enhance the 156 JTS safety list.

On the the JTS engine is not backwards in going providing strong torque the entire rev range. It’s a difference, this engine incrementally stronger at all points and in all Standing starts have a extra zing, roll-on is a touch more urgent, and are answered with a stronger smacking punch.

We did experience a of unsettling hiccups in the Alfa’s of stability and traction devices, the brakes tapering alarmingly one switchback corner. The problem twice over our 250km route inland of Queensland’s Coast, though we couldn’t it on demand. We’ll be testing the Romeo JTS more extensively in 2002, and will publish a report then.

Perhaps the only other with the 156 is the excessive kickback the steering wheel on poorly corners. The 156 doesn’t have to be fast, or attacking a corner for the surface to jerk the steering violently in the drivers hands, it certainly doesn’t help. wouldn’t be a big problem if all of Australia’s were billiard table but they ain’t, so it is.

Until time, it’s hard not to down in favour of the Alfa 156 JTS. The last model was good value, and the new high-tech along with a truckload of features and equipment makes it harder to overlook the 156 JTS.

And before we wax lyrical about its lines and striking profile.


Mike Sinclair jumps for a seven day test of the Alfa 156 JTS.

We could at this launch into a detailed no doubt boring) technical de force on the relative merits of the in four-… spark-ignited combustion – direct injection. at the risk of offending the entire department of Alfa Romeo, not going to.

Not because the fact the Italian makers’ new 2.0-litre injection engine, dubbed JTS Thrust Stoichiometric), isn’t a – it is. Indeed, it’s a than worthy replacement for the Twin Spark series Alfisti have loved for the part of two decades.

Nor is it because the JTS doesn’t deliver what injection proponents promise a blend of spirited performance and fuel economy. It does too. Heck, the new powerplant copes admirably with a number of pundits have limits the potential of petrol injection – the laughingly fuel mixes at this end of the

Rather we’re not going to bandwidth on lengthy explanation of admittedly is very clever technology because few if any owners of the JTS care about the millisecond-long betwixt piston crown and What they will and very probably wax lyrical over a Chinotto or Espresso is the end – one of the best four-cylinder plants available Down today.

With 121kW and a 206Nm on tap – up 7kW and 19Nm the venerable Twin Spark the 2.0JTS is at the muscular end of the atmo world. Lusty, free smooth and yet with a physical and signature all its own, this DOHC, 1970cc, 16-valve four is a ripper.

Being fat and off the bottom – as you’d given its long-… configuration is only half the story. the engine may pass the tough 4 emission standards but there’s up top too – enough top end rush to all but Honda’s VTEC brigade. In it’s almost too easy to the 7500rpm rev-limiter when the 156 in lower gears.

Given room, Alfa says the new will run to around 220kmh, a few km than the TS. With the 0-100kmh just over 8.0sec almost 0.5sec difference, in the favour of the new mill.

Installed in the and upgraded 156, the new engine forces to create an attractive at the value end of the Euro-prestige spectrum. the local Alfa people done some real on the spec sheet to reinvigorate the 156JTS.

At the driver-car interface, leather upholstery as standard, interior finishes and a new centre complete mit six-speaker Blaupunkt CD and New multi-zone climate control and control are standard, as is the new dash-top computer, dubbed InfoCentre by Romeo, and goodies like glass, automatic rain wipers and headlamp washers.

the skin, there’s now six airbags side and window bags) and a of computer-controlled dynamic aids VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control), MSR Speed Regulator) and EBA (Emergency Assist). These, says respectively help the driver control of the car in emergency (and extra spirited corner decrease the chance of front lock up during ham-fisted and minimize emergency stopping

ASR traction control and antilock are also stock fare.

Out of the and on to the road, the good news This is an engaging ride rewards controlled inputs. The manual box takes a little – it’s no S2000 but it has a real tactility to it.

Front-wheel-drive generally take note.

our launch car exhibited some in the shape of inconsistent ABS operation and an level of kickback in all but the smoothest of our most recent 156JTS was fuss free. A blast up one of our goat tracks showed no levels of kickback and the brakes strong and fade-free. As there been no published spec in the interim, the differences could be as simple as tyre choice pressures.

Or perhaps yours just needs to try harder.

The Well, you can’t argue spec level, and while are personal, we still haven’t anybody who hasn’t given it the up. Even the asymmetric positioning of the number plate works.

an option of mating Alfa’s semi-automatic gearbox to the JTS mill, or and six-speed manual versions of the V6 which top out the 156 range. For our money, you’re looking at the pick of the At least until somebody us the keys of the 250hp GTA.

tested: Alfa 156 Sportwagon

covered: 983km

Tester: House

Alfa Romeo 156

Price: $53,500

as tested: $54,390

Tested: 2004

BOTTOMLINE: Deserves a on the shopping list, but don’t buy driving first.

Alfa Romeos are sporting and wagons are not (depending of course on you class wagons such as SS and the like as sporting), so it was with a deal of curiosity that we the Alfa 156 Sportwagon.

In the finest tradition, the car looks the part, the bold and distinctive front-end of the 156 sedan with a body the tries its best to snub the slab-sided design of most Wagons are bought for practical not aesthetic ones, but this bold nose, sweeping window lines and imaginatively taillights minimises the design

Inside, it is a similar story a good looking dash and of traditional Alfa touches, as big, deeply sunken dials for speedo and tacho, of chrome trim and a beautiful steering wheel and gear and there is leather trim as However, the gauges are difficult to in bright sunlight when sunglasses.

There are also a of singly-housed auxiliary gauges, all to the right, which is good for the but the passenger can’t see the clock.

the seating position is comfortable, the sills are too high for both and driver and the door arm rests too The central arm rest is nicely and folds away neatly and which is good because changing down gears the arm rest gets in the way of the driver’s

The cruise control buttons are behind the indicator and obstructed view by the steering wheel, it impossible to see while driving.

vision isn’t great; the are too wide and the rear headrests impair the view.

Front space is good, though is at a premium for taller drivers. is tight in the back too, the front seats pushed

We initially thought the dual-zone control worked well, but it did in temperatures over 30 degrees, and fan is when working hard.

The 2-litre four-cylinder Alfa (121kW, 206Nm) lacks grunt and with the air on, was difficult to with what we would normal revs; it was happier either more or less But Alfa engines are designed to not to produce large sums of and once underway, the engine responsive, spritely performance. On the road — Alfa’s habitat — it performs all the way up to the 7000rpm redline.

Overtaking is and we did so in fourth-gear with plenty in Generally, the engine is quiet but it a very sporting growl as the climb.

Conspiring against all of is a long clutch throw was not easy to master when off the lightly-weighted pedal, especially for with long legs. You to think too much about your leg away from the and that’s not conducive press-on driving.

Gear selection on the box is precise and has a sporty feel to it, the stick is too long.

The power is very responsive, sharp and but clearly the suspension is designed for European roads. The Sportwagon is and quiet when travelling on surfaces but when travelling bumpy roads, the ride unpleasant and noisy, and the shock is to the steering wheel.

In conclusion, the deserves to be on the shopping list, but a good, hard look at the even if that includes vehicles. The Sportwagon has dynamics make you forget you are driving a which is great if family dictate the purchase of such a On the downside, the problem of launching the car the air on is frustrating and something that be hard to live with.

The clutch travel is annoying though something you’d get used to.

Published. Thursday, 1 2002

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