Alfa Romeo Brera Review & Ratings
- 9 January 2015
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The Alfa Romeo Brera as well as the Alfa Romeo Spider are both classified as sports cars and are manufactured by Alfa Romeo between 2005-2010 and 2006-2010. The Brera was originally launched as a 2+2 coupe and the Spider was released as a roadster. Both of these cars were built by Pininifarina. Over 20,000 units of the Brera were manufactured and production ended in late 2010, though they did continue to be in stock until 2011. The Brera fist appeared on the market as a concept car at the Geneva Motor Show in 2002.
The Brera was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro at Italdesign Giugiaro. The concept version of this vehicle was equipped with a V8 engine which was capable of producing 400 PS or 390 horsepower. This vehicle was released to great acclaim and plans for production were announced in 2005. The Alfa Romeo Brera first appeared at the Geneva Motor Show in 2005. This car’s appearance changed to a much smaller design and became classified as a mid-size coupe, using the GM/Fiat Premium platform. There was a convertible Spider version of this vehicle which was announced as well and planned to be released just after the coupe.
In Europe, the Brera was released with two petrol engines, one of which was a 185 PS as well as a 2.2 liter JTS and a 260 PS 3.2 liter V6. The vehicles that use a diesel or 2.2 petrol engine were released with front-wheel drive, though the V6 came with a Tosen 4-wheel drive system which resembled that of the 159’s Q4. An update for the Alfa Romeo Brera was introduced in 2008 at the Geneva Motor Show. The 3.2 liter V6 version of this vehicle of this vehicle became available in front-wheel drive, allowing for a top speed of 250 kilometers per hour or 160 mph.
The Brera S Special Edition became available in the spring of 2008. There was a British-only version of this vehicle approved by Alfa Romeo as well and was developed by British engineering specialists Prodrive. The Brera Italia Independent was a limited edition of this vehicle and there were only 900 units ever made. This vehicle included 18” turbine style allow wheels as well as an aluminum fuel-filler cap. With the Italia Independent came a 125 kW or 170 PS 2.0 JTDM, a 2.4 JTDM diesel, and a 2.4 JTDM diesel.
The Alfa Romeo Brera has won a number of awards, including the “Best of Show” award for the concept car from Autoweek magazine at the Geneva Auto Show. This vehicle was also elected European Car of the Year in 2007 in Japan and best sports/coupe for “What Diesel Car?” The New Spider version was first introduced in 2006 at the Geneva Motor Show where it received the “Cabrio of the Year” award. There were two different engine options available when this vehicle was first released, including the 2.2 liter straight-4 and the 3.2 liter V6 JTS engines.
The Spider Limited Edition features three different color combinations, including Carbonio, Black, Alfa Red, and Ghiaccio White as well as 19” alloy wheels, electronically adjustable heated memory front seats, and leather upholstery. This vehicle has a 185 horsepower 2.2 L JTS petrol engine which is able to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 8.8 seconds and can reach a top speed of over 139 mph. This new limited edition version of the Brera first went on sale in the UK in 2009 with a top speed of over 150 mph. The Brera has achieved a level of success that many Alfa Romeo vehicles have not, making it one of the company’s top-selling models.