• Apr 19th 2007 at 3:29PM
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If Novitec's mods to the sublime Ferrari F430 struck you as overkill, you might want to take a look at another one of its creations, focusing on a car ever-so-slightly more in need of the tuning house's attention.

The Alfa Romeo 159 is hailed as one of the most beautiful automobiles on the road today, but critics lament its shortcomings in performance. Autodelta, the premier tuning house for Alfas, offers an array of enhancements, but Novitec's catalogue offers what looks to be a compelling alternative. By installing its Powerrail III engine control system, Novitec coaxes an extra 29 horsepower out of the 159's common-rail diesel engine, bringing total output up to a very respectable 229 hp, aided by a custom stainless steel exhaust system. The German tuning outfit also offers a full aerodynamic package including front spoiler, side skirts and rear spoiler, as well as a sport suspension adjustable in stiffness and in height from 35mm to 75mm. Rounding out the package are Novitec's Type N9 20-inch forged alloys skinned with 30-series Pirelli rubber.

In transforming the sumptuous 159 into a precision instrument, Novitec and Alfa Romeo offer an enticing package that's enough to make buyers forget all about the letters B-M-W.

[Source: Novitec via World Car Fans ]

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      • 8 Years Ago

      Eating Italian food every day, and driving through the amazing countryside it this car would make me very happy.

      Can I order one without the wing spoiler that makes the car look like an old Maxima, though?
      • 8 Years Ago
      The reason why the 159 may remind to the Tribeca is that Subaru took one of the chief designers of Alfa Romeo, Mr. Zapatinas, who was in charge of the weird design of the Tribeca. While to aggressive ugliness of the Brera may be excused for an italian car (and I am instictly looking for comaprisons with agresive predators of the wilderness), the Tribeca looks too much of a deep sea lifeform, I found nothing really cool or agressive in its design. It lost both the genes of the italian design, and the reserved sprtyness of the Subarus (and I do love the Legacy eg.). The EU Accord (sold as Acura in the US) was indeed like a car that you would expect from Alfa, if they would have went a different way in the 90s (i.e. modern instead of the retro 156). In a way Honda anticipated the 159. Still that Accord/Acura was closer to an "Alfa" in its design, than to a Honda, (at least compared to the previous Honda designs). The 159's design was long time presented in the Brera study though, pretty much when (or even before) the Accord/Acura came out.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Asians copy Europeans...that's why Acura's, Lexus', the front end of the Scion tC, and most recently the new Mitsubishi Lancer/EVO, can pass for prestigious names like BMW and Alfa Romeo to the non-discerning automobile fan. This 159 seriously looks awesome, what with those chiseled good-looks, the raging and forward-leaning stance, and the perfect proportions on this car. This is how Mitsubishi should've, correctly, copied the 159's rear on the new Lancer/EVO.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "most beautiful" ??

      Looks like an acura TSX with a different grill and odd headlights.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well I have just p/x my 3 series coupe for a 159 1.9 lusso,carbonio black with red leather and its so much nicer a car to be seen in. I am just waiting to get it re chipped to 195 bhp and then it will have the perfect balance between economy ,power and balance(I felt the 2.4 felt too front heavy and oversteered on corners.OK so in 3 years it will have depreciated more than a beemer but what fun I will have in those 3 years not driving around in the same default small executive car as everyone else.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I agree Ken, obviously the responders saying it looks like a TSX or Subaru or anything Japanese have not followed Alfa Romeo cars in like 8 or 9 years. Alfa for quite a few years now have had these shape rear tail lights. I wish they would sell em here cause the design is sooo elegant and yet in your face menacing. I laugh when I read such ignorant comments....research first if you want an intellegent response in the blog... the Alfa 156 sported those tail lamps and that debuted in 1996!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Beautiful...and diesel torque to boot!
      • 8 Years Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ugly, anyone who thinks Alfa is ugly has no taste.......Acura and Subaru have been copying Alfa for years!!! Acura's interior is a total knockoff of Alfa, and Tribeca's front and back are knockoff of Alfa as well. When comes to design, no one come to close to these Italians, it's in their blood.
      • 8 Years Ago
      nice i like front ... back is remind me of new lexus IS
      • 8 Years Ago
      All cars should look this good...you seriously haven't lived till you've owned an Alfa...Bellissimo...
      • 8 Years Ago
      I've got a fever... and the only prescription is more headlights.
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