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We're still a little unsure if Alfa Romeo's triumphant return to U.S. soil will take place, but this sighting of a 159 in the heart of Los Angeles gives us a bit more hope. The source of the photos is from AlfaBB, an Alfa-centric site whose moderator, italcarguy, was fortunate enough to get some seat time in the 3.2-liter AWD wagon. His account of the drive is provided by Los Jalopniks and is available by exercising your index finger on the 'Read' link.


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      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm in Miami on business and I just spotted one outside my hotel. It was silver with Panamerica 2000 and sponsor decals all over it and NJ plates. I did a double take when I saw it's front end, but there was no mistaking the Alfa grill and the 159 on it's rear end.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #2, Kamil: They're not just fast LOOKING... European diesels will SCOOT. Alfas have been about visual sex for years, though... a few high-end ones are fast, they handle nicely, and they look like sexy Italian cars but don't cost as much as a Maserati. I wanted a 147 when I was working in Italy.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I work for a company in Holland, we sell Alfa Romeo, Fiat and Lancia.
      I have driven in all type of engines in the Alfa 159 and the Diesels are scary fast!!!
      Special the 2.4 JTD 20v 200hp!!
      At the moment we have the Automaticgearbox (good for Amerika!!! ;)).

      You like the Alfa or you don't!
      Most of the people like the 8c Competizione
      • 8 Years Ago
      Saw an AR on a flat bed in Westlake Village (very upscale community, lots of stars, executives) next to all of their car dealerships... didn't see any tags or anything, so I assume that it was imported.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Alfa-Romeo 156 with an inline 4 is probably the best handling cheap car I has ever driven, but the quality is, hmmm Italian aka crappy. Corrosion is also a b***ch if you live somewhere where they use a lot of salt on the roads.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hmm... so, how much do they weight? 1500kg/3000lbs (approx)? with 200HP, and even with the torque of a turbo-diesel, can anyone honestly all it "scary" or "crazy" fast? And it's FWD too... the Acura TL (a.k.a. Honda Accord Type R) would run cirles around it.
      I'll make sure to drive one next chance I get.
      • 8 Years Ago
      For the people who believe the reviews:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m194Venu5j4
      • 8 Years Ago
      Adam, you are totaly wrong about VW.

      http://www.auto-power-girl.com/
      • 8 Years Ago
      Haven't seen a new Alfa yet in LA, but if I do, it'll beat the Volvos, VWs, and Bimmers that crowd the LA streets. Give me an 8C.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I was in Italy last month and had a chance to look them over. They look pretty, interior was GM-like, except for seats which seemed Ferrari-like. Most were turbo-diesels... probably much faster looking than anything. I don't know what the appeal is.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I had the unbounded joy of running around San Francisco in a 1750GTV back in the early 70s; I borrowed it from a friend. It was, without doubt, the most "right" car I had ever driven. Everything about the car was "right. The shifter was perfection, as were the brakes, steering, and handling. Just an AMAZING experience. Were it not for my being older and arthritic, I'd want one exactly like it again.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think the appeal is the same thing as VW. The Alfa is like an affordable Ferrari, while the VW is an affordable Mercedes. Just a way to say you drive an Italian car. Ive seen one in real life, and its not really that amazing.
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