Nurburgring nordschleife 080412 Lotus Elise 111R chasing Alfa Romeo 75
Getting a master class about how to do the ring from a fabulous teacher. I
was lucky my faster car allowed me
to follow him and learn a lot on this lap.
Wherever you are, thank you Mr. 75.
My co-pilot on this lap is Pascal, great driver from Switzerland who was
the first to teach me "the ring way" with his Imprezza, saludos Pascal.
I want to thank Stern Motor as well for helping me so much to get this
dream come true.
AlfaRomeo 156 1.9 M-JET sport distinctive Full Review,Start Up, Engine, and In Depth Tour
The Alfa Romeo 156 is a confusing car. At first glance it looks like a
two-door coupé, yet it's actually a four-door saloon with an interior that
feels Germanic. Fire up one of the diesel versions and it even sounds like
a petrol unit.
Styled by Giorgetto Giugaro, the 156 was launched in the UK in January 1998
and established itself as one of the best looking saloons money could buy.
In an age when most cars merely toe the line, the 156 is a breath of fresh
air. Six years on it remains a handsome car, and with good used examples
available from £3,500 it's a tempting proposition.
The heart of any Alfa Romeo is its engine. Choose the entry-level 1.6, the
range-topping 250bhp V6 3.2, or anything in between, and you will not be
disappointed. All produce a glorious sound, are free-revving and offer a
level of driver involvement rarely found in cars costing this little.
The 156 also has the honour of being the first Alfa in the UK to be powered
by a diesel engine. The largest 2.4 litre five-cylinder diesel sounds gruff
and powerful even when merely ticking over. With 140bhp and 224 lb ft of
pulling power at just 2000rpm, it also performs very well, with 0-62mph
coming up in 9.4sec. Top speed is 127mph.
And the 156 is a car that encourages you to enjoy this performance. The
supremely accurate steering — just 2.2 turns from lock to lock — allows
you to place the car with pinpoint accuracy. Similarly, the suspension,
firm and reassuring at speed, is compliant on motorways and shames even the
BMW 3-series in terms of its blend of control and comfort.
Italian cars have traditionally had a "long arm and short leg" driving
position and this is still slightly noticeable in the 156, although the
adjustable steering column reduces this to a minimum.
But all this exuberance can lead to abuse. Alfas eat their front tyres if
driven hard, and the 156 is particularly prone to front-wheel misalignment,
so check the edges of tyre treads carefully. It's also worth closely
inspecting the car's cabin: while the general quality is high, owners still
report a number of electrical problems — most commonly associated with
the climate control and sound system.
It's difficult to buy a 156 with a bad engine, but the same cannot be said
of the car's gearboxes. Available with three different transmission
systems, the standard manual gearbox (some with six speeds) is normally the
best bet. The clutch is light and the changes are precise, although there
is little space to rest your clutch foot when it's not in use.
The Selespeed clutchless manual gearbox is second best: a button on the
right-hand side of the steering wheel shifts up a gear, while one on the
left changes down, aided by electronics that "blip" the throttle on the
downchange. Least desirable and best avoided is the Q-System four-speed
automatic transmission, which has a manual override shift. It somehow fails
in its attempts to combine the benefits of an auto with the control of a
The 156 can also be bought as an estate, or Sportwagon as Alfa romantically
calls it. Basically, this is all the same good stuff, but with a bigger
boot, so your spaniel can also come out and enjoy the pleasures of an
Italian car.Model: Alfa Romeo 156 2.4 JTD
Engine type: Five-cylinder, 2387cc
Transmission: Five-speed manual
Fuel: 42.2mpg (combined)
Acceleration: 0-62mph: 9.4sec
Top speed: 127mph
Servicing: 12 months/12,000 miles and must be done as dirty oil is
particularly bad for variable valve-timing system (listen for rattles).
Safety: Side and passenger airbags standard since September 1999.
Air-conditioning: Standard since June 2000 on all models.
Warranty: New cars have three-year/60,000-mile warranty.
Front suspension: Part-aluminium double wishbone suspension can be very
expensive to repair Ð listen for knocks.
Front tyres: Heavy engines in JTD and V6 models mean wear can be high,
particularly if steering misaligned.
Wheels: 17in rims and sports suspension on Veloce models enhance great
handling but also road noise.
Disc brakes: Check surface of the discs for scoring and unpolished areas.
Leather: Standard on Lusso models.
Rear spoiler: Huge rear spoiler available as an option but may imply a boy
racer among previous owners.
Boot space: 378 litres, so not huge but bigger than a VW Golf or Ford
Transmission: Diesel engines only mated to manual gearbox but petrol models
can have Selespeed or Q-System automatic boxTHE ONE TO BUY
Alfa Romeo 156 2.4 JTD Lusso with five-speed manual gearbox, leather
upholstery; 2000 W-reg with 20,000 miles. Pay £8,350 at a dealer with
12-month warranty, or £7,250 privately.
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Alfa Romeo 75 3.0 V6 onboard! Fantastic sound!!
Brought to you bij http://www.alfa90.nl
Here I was having a test drive in a Alfa Romeo 75 3.0 V6 !! The first time
I drove an Alfa Romeo with this historical engine myself. An awesome
experience and I quickly arranged a camera to make some great footage!
Enjoy this fantastic sound!! Goosebumps! So cool .. I will never forget
this! I hope to own a Alfa 90 2.5 V6 someday! :) The V6 sound still beats
the 90 with 2.0 TS I have right now, although handling is most likely in
the favour of the 2L !