• Aug 3, 2008


Click to view the SPD Alfa 169 design proposals

Alfa Romeo is hard at work on a replacement for the 166, the flagship sedan which debuted in 1998 and was discontinued last year. The students at the Scuola Politecnica di Design in Milan, however, seem to have gotten fed up of waiting around for Alfa Romeo to unveil the new car, so they've come up with a few proposals of their own.

Well, not exactly. The transportation design course was carried out under the auspices of the Centro Stile Alfa Romeo and the watchful eye of Fiat Group design chief Lorenzo Ramaciotti. So they had a good chance of getting the automaker's attention. (Next year's masters program at the SPD, meanwhile, is being conducted in conjunction with Lamborghini.) Nine projects – carried out by students from Korea, Slovakia, Romania, Turkey, South Africa, Russia, Brazil, the United States and Italy – were presented, but we'll have to see which elements find their way into the final product. In the meantime, you can check out a few of the choice models in the gallery below.


[Source: Italiaspeed]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      why even replace the 166, they sold about 20 of them in total.
        • 6 Years Ago
        because they only sold 20 in total....
        • 6 Years Ago
        The 166 was a great car when it debuted, and I have an old UK Car issue that rated it higher than the contemporary BMW 5 series. Unfortunately, Alfa let it linger on the market without a replacement and after a few years it had been outclassed. Still a great car to drive and a fantastic used buy in Europe. Easily one of the best looking cars in its class.
      • 6 Years Ago
      These models look really well made and some of the designs (or design elements) well thought out.

      its nice to see what the industry expects from students coming up through the schools....

      not to mention what the schools in europe and such are capable of.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If this is going to be a premium RWD sedan that people can actually aspire to afford, this could be really interesting, especially if Alfa actually arrives in the US.

      Quattroporte is fantastic, but few will probably get the pleasure of owning or affording one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The red one looks especially good. I find the trademark narrow front end element on Alfa's a little awkward on some models. It tends to make the entire front end look disproportionately narrow.
      This one balances it out by repeating the silver bezel in the lower air intakes and in the headlight elements so it's face doesn't look so pinched. Well done!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Alfa is one of my favorite. Look very good. The idea is very good and number 10 is the best, I mean looks better to me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The designs from Alfa that I have seen are exceptionally good......does the quality, endurance and reliabilty equal the looks ?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Nowadays Alfas are very high quality and quite reliable. I rented a Brera V6 AWD in the UK last year and was very impressed with the quality of materials and the fit and finish. Can't wait to be able to buy one here in the US.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Holy Crap! The First good looking Alpha ever! I didnt know that that stupid Triangle on it's face could look Aggressive !=O
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice.
      • 6 Years Ago
      .. and Bangle?? I'm confused now.