Alfa Romeo Brera 3.2 JTS V6 Q4 SV

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Alfa Romeo Brera

And that#146;s just its

gorgeous With

a saucy red-headed

3.2-litre V6

under the bonnet and

drive, who

could resist?#148;

SOME CAR REVIEWS it ‘ s to know just where to In the case of Alfa ‘ s new flagship, the V6 Brera, there s no question. It has to be at the back.

The V6 Brera is slinky. And that ‘ s when it ‘ s standing On the move, particularly if it ‘ s stormed past you, it s as alluring as one of those … billboards.

Be patient ladies, and cut us slack as we drool over the ‘ s tail. Remember, men are Mars. The way it squats down on the tarmac emphasises its wide, let s-get-down-to-business track.

But you’d to be from another planet not just a dyed-in-the-wool Alfa fan if you didn’t appreciate the Brera’s coupй looks. Check out the #151; the rakish bonnet your eye on the barred Alfa grille flanked by low-set, ‘look at me’ three-lamp

Fire up the V6 and you’ll want to the driver’s glass #151; an auto one-shot #151; and the hard, thrumming bass at tickover. You’ll know in for some serious motoring before you blip the throttle. But you do, the soundtrack will be even a tune-fully sharp V6 song gets better the harder you it.

For too long now Alfa has been in the wilderness. Sales down; the inconsistent. But, judged on the … looks alone, you to agree that Bravo! are starting to look up. At the risk

of dwelling on the Brera’s looks, have to agree that it has road presence. One colleague heart has long been set on a went for a spin in the Brera and now has a new in

his life: To own the Hot Totty from

The heart of his new love is a 3.2-litre injection, quad-cam 24-valve V6 260bhp at 6,300rpm and 237lb ft of at 4,500rpm. If your head and you want to save money buying and running your you could, of course, choose the 185bhp 2.2-litre petrol or the 200bhp 2.4-litre five-cylinder But then you wouldn’t get Alfa’s Q4 drive set-up as that’s available on the V6.

Lesser Breras are drive.

Power is transmitted a six-speed manual ‘box, can take the V6 Brera all the way to 149mph posting an en route 0-62mph of 6.8 seconds.

Tipping the scales at does the Brera no favours, as peak torque does not until 4,500rpm. Alfa most powerful engine, the V6 is a revver and lively enough 3,000rpm #151; at which it’s really beginning to get its stride Providing, that is, you good use of the six forward ratios. No . First gear, you need to is very short and gets you to in record time.

Fortunately gear is flexible enough for acceleration.

Where the Brera’s kerb makes its presence most is at the pumps #151; witness the urban consumption figure of The good news is that routes should see that double, to 33.6mpg, while our test average of 21.6 was enough to Alfa’s official figure of 24.6mpg to be representative.

In driving the Q4 set-up lays the on rear-drive, with 57 per cent of the shunted to the rear wheels. when appropriate, this can to as much as 78 per cent to the rear or 72 per to the front. Clearly Alfa Brera pilots to enjoy rear-drive thrills safely by front-wheel drive predictability.

have traditionally been the of sporting Alfas. With drive, hefty torque and a suspension set-up com-prising wishbones up front and a multi-link bringing up the rear, the Brera to be well-equipped for some fun on the twisty as well as down the straights. enough, the Brera behaves as expect, its all-wheel drive exhibiting the expected under-steer at chat yet always happy to its line when you back off the

In the wet #151; a sure thing in the UK, however hot our Indian summers get #151; you’ll still be to drive the Brera hard rain and hail, confident the Q4 system will dole out the

to the right axles to keep the honest without upsetting by kicking out the tail. And just to be there’s a traction-control and a stability called VDC. You can’t off the stability system but you can neutralise the control function, which the VDC to allow a degree more

Whatever you do, traction and torque-steer are an issue.

Punting around urban blacktop, it can feel a tad al . But as the Brera’s speed rises so the settles, subtly transmuting to the quality you’d expect of a sports coupй: composed and handling well matched to a ride. Given the Brera’s sporting credentials, its agile and ride #151; even bumpy surfaces #151; is an bonus and one of its key strengths.

Alfa Romeo Brera

The gearlever is placed for frequent changes and the is direct and meaty, although it a positive hand. Steering is and directs the Brera’s evocative liveried nose with enthusiasm to make a hard along winding roads It’s also incredibly with a ‘best in class’ two and a turns lock-to-lock. The tight circle is a

boon, both and out on the open road. And you can’t the brakes: ventilated discs all with four-pot callipers at the end. There’s good through the pedal and powerful whenever and wherever you need it.

the Brera’s act come totally on the road is an intimate cockpit feels as though you’re of it #151; or it’s part of

Dashboard and instruments are focused the driver in the classic Alfa tradition. A digital display the deeply-cowled 160mph speedometer the rev-counter, and informs the driver of he or she needs to know from the mpg and range to the speed limit and external temperature.

The genuine aluminium centre #151; with a deeply trio of secondary dials ( . acqua and benzina ), the tactile button, on-board computer and control module with self-explanatory buttons #151; is angled towards the most person in the car. The driver. All refreshingly uncontrived Alfa.

touches abound. To mention a door mirrors that when you lock the car; needles lovingly-finished in polished with red inserts #151; and the subtle, woven Alfa motifs on the integral headrests. check out the harmony between the slash of the chromed door and the almost identically-shaped silver-white indicator on the front wing.

The cabin could only be The words ‘classy’ and ‘brio’ off the tongue. And there’s plenty of As well as the aforementioned brushed fascia, centre console and you get full leather upholstery ribbed leather centre and firm bolstering, dual-zone climate control system, controls on the leather-wrapped steering cruise control, a superb panoramic glass roof powered sunblind, engraved steel kick-plates, folding and electric door mirrors, alloy wheels wearing Michelins, tinted glass, electric front windows, parking sensors, a trip and a temperature-controlled storage compartment the centre armrest.

While we for breath we must say that the fortunately, also has some un-Alfa qualities. Settle the driver’s seat and you’ll what’s changed: the driving should suit almost You sit low in luxurious leather-trimmed sports that are as supportive as they are

Plenty of steering wheel for reach and height and 8-way seat adjustment helps you a comfortable driving position and easily. Head and leg room is And the full-length blue-tinted glass gives the cabin a wonderful, feel. The chic door not only look good; also provide excellent visibility.

Long, frameless windows keep the Brera’s glasshouse aesthetically clean and for uncluttered views out.

is a price to pay and, as with all 3-door coupйs, it’s the seat passengers who cough up. The leather rear seats are to the … eye but are only really for pre-teens travelling behind adults. That said, a fairly tall 17-year-old was not in the back on a 40-mile trip and got out

Very long doors 6) and powered folding front backrests make entry and to the rear seats easy for those wanting to try it. Most will use them as additional to complement the decent 300-litre Fold the 60:40 split seats and this doubles to an 610 litres of luggage space.

also a practical ski-hatch.

the boot gives you an excuse as if you needed one #151; to admire the cleverness of Giorgetto Giugiaro, the designer. Two narrow, inward four-lamp rear light and the ‘V’ of the tailgate’s base your gaze directly to the badge #151; which acts as the tailgate handle. At the tail lights glowing red and the four rectangular-shaped chromed gleaming in reflected light, the Brera looks suitably

One doesn’t like to think accidents but it’s reassuring to that, should the worst then the Brera, with its airbags #151; including front airbags, side and bags which also the rear seats and a driver’s airbag #151; is well-equipped to you safe. Active safety is by ABS with electronic brake distribution and Brake Assist.

is also Vehicle Dynamic for stability control, ASR to prevent the from spinning, MSR which in the event of abrupt gear in poor road conditions and Holder for easier hill In addition, there’s a built-in prevention system and the ever-present drive.

Kerb appeal sell many Breras before a wheel has turned. hard to blame them the Brera is the best-looking Alfa to hit the in many a long year and we got used to the approbation of strangers. also an attractive and highly-distinctive coupй in its own right. Adding the badge understandably cranks up the but it’s fun to drive with and feels ‘planted’ however you are with it.

Cruising is refined, by wind or road noise. And the V6 doesn’t let you forget it’s for you under the bonnet, it never becomes intrusive. All of which makes the Brera a rewarding car.

As we’ve already enough to tempt a saint.

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