Friday, November 13, 2009
These are renderings of the upcoming Alfa Romeo's flagship saloon 169. Autoexpress claims this images to be the closest thing you can get to the real one. A 450bhp 4.7-litre V8 from the 8C Competizione supercar could find its way into a range-topping GTA variant might find its way into the 169. The 169 is squarely aimed at the bimmer % series & Mercedes E63 AMG. Here is how Autoexpress describes the car :
The 169 heralds a new styling direction for the firm. While the grill is still very much part of the Alfa family, the rear end is all-new while the overall exterior will take inspiration from the new crop of four-door coupes such as the Mercedes CLS and Audi A5 Sportback.There's even a hint of the elegant Maserati Quattroporte in its flowing profile.
Pitched as a direct 5-series rival, top-end models could even take on the likes of the larger Jaguar XJ. But in order to compete with the established players, Alfa has taken the decision to make the 169 rear wheel drive - ensuring a more dynamic driving expereince.
To achieve this Alfa could borrow the next Chrysler 300C platform - which in itself is a slightly shortened version of the Quattroporte's underpinnings - a perfect example of how the Chrysler-Fiat tie-up will save both companies piles of cash, by stretching their resources across a number of brands.
Whatever it is the Alfa Romeo 169 definitely gets a thumbs up from me (If the actual 169 stayed true to the renderings).
Source : Autoexpress