Alfa Romeo 159 Engine
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About the Alfa Romeo 159 engine
The 159 started development in June 2001 and was designed to compete in the D segment of the car market this puts it directly against the Audi A4, BMW 3 series, Mercedes C class and the Lexus 200. The Alfa 159 is named after the famous post war formula 1 car the Alfetta 159 and was styled by Giugiaro’s Ital Design, the design departs from the Alfa 156.
The engines are a mixture of designs, we have the diesel engines we have seen before in the outgoing 156 and new GM derived petrol engines, we will have the choice of 1.9 and 2.2 litre four cylinder petrol engines and the mighty 3.2 litre V6 and in diesel we will get the 1.9 four cylinder engine and 2.4 five cylinder engine. The engines all have a very good spread of torque and the petrol engines have more guts that the outgoing Fiat engines and will not disappoint any petrol head, probably the choice of engines are the 3.2 litre petrol engine and the 2.4 M jet diesel, the 3.2 V6 sounds absolutely fabulous when it is on song.
Looking further ahead, a 159 GTA was released in late 2007 and this was a twin turbo V6 putting out 380hp using the Q4 four wheel drive train. But it would seem that Alfa have also been testing 159 mules with the 4.7litre V8 at 450hp, and we have managed to find some tantalizing glimpses of this car on the internet. There is also the possibility that Alfa could use the 3.6 litre version of the engine that was jointly developed with GM as an interim measure.
Diesel engines have variable geometry turbo’s and feature multiple injections per stroke and an injection pressure of up to 1600psi, to bring the emissions down they are also fitted with a filter to reduce carbon particles in the exhaust gasses.
The Alfa 159 Sportwagon shares the same Sportwagon label as its for-bearer the 156, but everything except the 1.9 JTD mjet engine is different; the petrol engines are based on GM crankcases and the 2.4 JTD mjet has had the power boosted to 200 bhp.
The Engines have always been the heart of any Alfa Romeo and the 159 has a selection of some of the best available. The choice of engine is 2.2 and 3.2 petrol or the 1.9 16 valve and 2.4 20 valve diesel, the final decision of engine very much depends on what sort of car you require as they all have very different personalities and have a considerable influence on the chassis. The four cylinder engines are lighter and give the car a much more balanced feel, the 2.4 diesel is a stunning engine and its 400 Nm of torque mean it is no slouch, however the extra weight leads to a little more under steer but the engine never feels like a diesel and at high revs it shares the growl of its petrol brothers. The 3.2 comes with a 6 speed gearbox, as does the rest of the range, but also it also has the four wheel drive Q system as standard, this distributes the power around the chassis with a slight bias to the rear wheels. There is however a tiny amount of play in the transmission which can be annoying. The petrol engines are based on GM blocks and these are modified by Alfa Romeo, much as the outgoing Fiat unit was. The 2.2 now reverts to an alloy block like the old Alfa Nord engine, while the V6 is considerably smaller than the Alfa V6. Both engines have continuously variable valve timing known as "twin Phase" and this adds to the flexibility of the power delivery while the fuel is injected directly into the combustion chamber, adding to engine efficiency. The diesels are both common rail with multiple injections per cycle. They breathe through four valves per cylinder and the turbo charger is of the variable vane type.
In total, five engines are offered from its launch, split between two diesels and three petrol power plants. The turbo diesels, priced from around £21,000, are familiar fare; having seen service in other Alfa models, and is carried-over largely unchanged. That's no bad thing because they're all top-notch engines. The entry-level diesel option is the 150bhp 1.9-litre Multijet unit, while the range-topping oil-burner is the 2.4-litre 210bhp Multijet JTD. This is an absolute stormer, capable of zipping to 60mph in a tad under 8 seconds. Both engines have something to be said for them, but the 2.4-litre unit is particularly impressive. This is one of the most advanced diesel engines you can buy anywhere and comes complete with a counterbalancing shaft to all but do away with almost every one of those traditional diesel rumbles.
These engines are Euro V compliant and Alfa Romeo will also be adding them to the Brera and Spider models as well. The 159 diesel range offers a beguiling blend of elegance and practicality. You can forgive the fact that it's behind the very cream of the crop in most departments because its overall showing is so strong. At last a diesel car you can really lose your heart to.
To coincide with the launch of these new engines, Alfa Romeo has introduced a new range structure which now features five trim levels - Turismo, Turismo Sport, Elegante, Lusso and TI. The new engines will also be fitted to both the Alfa Brera and Alfa Spider later in the year.
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