The Alfa Romeo 147 is classified as a compact luxury car and is manufactured by the Italian carmaker Alfa Romeo. Production of this vehicle started in 2000 and eventually ended in 2010. This vehicle was voted European Cart of the Year in 2001, beating out the Toyota Prius and Ford Mondeo. The 147 was officially introduced to the public for the first time in 2000 at the Turin Motor Show, effectively replacing the 145/146 hatchbacks and has the same running gear design as the 156 saloon. There were a few different engine options for the147, including the 1.6, 2.0, and 3.0 petrol engines as well as a 1.9 liter diesel engine.
The overall style design of the Romeo 147 was done by Water de’Silva and Wolfang Egger. Upon its launch, this vehicle received incredible praise from both critics and consumers around the world. The whole 147 range was revamped in 2004 with a new exterior styling that was similar to that of the new 159 and Brera models. The Romeo 147 received a significant facelift at the end of 2004, with a brand new front grille as well as new headlights, rear lights, and an updated interior on all of the different models except the GTA.
There were some high-performance versions of the Romeo 147 produced, including the hot hatch 147 GTA model, which was released onto the market in 2002. The GTA model came with a 3.2 V6 engine that could produce up to 250 PS and 247 horsepower as well as a stop speed of 246 km/h or 153 mph. This model of the Romeo had a widened body so as to make room for the 225/45R17 tires. Earlier versions of this vehicle use 6-speed manual transmissions and the later models use Selespeed. A total of 5,029 GTA units were produced.
As far as handling goes, the 147 received quite a bit of praise in its reviews, despite the criticism it also received for tits sensitive steering. Some of the other criticisms that his vehicle faced involved the cumbersome gearshift as well as seats and that didn’t offer enough support and a general lack of interior space. The 147 did not do very well in Great Britain, though it has still enjoyed quite a bit of success in many other parts of the world.
One of the innovations that the Romeo 147 is known for is its Connect system, which is an on-board information system that is located in the central console with a 5” monitor that provides the driver access to satellite navigation as well as hands-free GSM phone with radio and CD player control settings. This system was definitively an innovation at the time and one of the things that made the later model so popular with consumers. The 147 has received a number of awards throughout the 10 years it has been in production, including the European Car of the Year award in 2001 as well as the Brazil Important car of the year award in 2002.
A racing series based on the Romeo 147 was launched in Europe, and it was called the European Alfa 147 Challenge. This vehicle was entered into its first race in 2003 and the 2005 series was driven with the World Touring Car Championship. This car was also used in the Alfa 147 GTA Cup, producing a total of 220 bhp or 160 kW with a straight-4 1970 cc Twin Spark engine. The Alfa Romeo 147 2.0 TS was capable of producing up to 200 bhp and is used by Martin Rada, a Czech rally driver who is well known in this country.