• Dec 10, 2009

Alfa Romeo Brera Italia Independent – Click above for high-res image gallery

Say what you will about its driving dynamics, but there's little doubt that the Alfa Romeo Brera is one of the most stylish and fashionable sets of wheels on the road today. As if to reinforce that notion, the Italian automaker has teamed up with fashion house Italia Independent for a special edition model of the angular coupe.

The Alfa Romeo Brera Italia Independent is distinguished by its titanium paint shade, 18" turbine-style dark alloys hiding red brake calipers and an aluminum fuel cap. Inside it's all carbon fiber, black leather and red top stitching, accented with Italia Independent logos.

The special edition is available with the 185-horsepower 2.2-liter four or 260-hp 3.2-liter V6, in front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive. Only 900 units will be sold in Europe, Japan and Australia, starting at €29,700 (the equivalent of about $41k USD) for the 2.2 and €38,850 ($57k) for the 3.2. Check out our gallery below for a closer view of this fashion-forward forbidden fruit.



[Source: Alfa Romeo]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Hmm, the variant in Forza 3 is known as the Italia Independent, yet it neither looks like this or goes by that model name in the UK, although I know not of other market's names for the specs.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh my sexy. That Brera looks real nice. It probably won't be the best driving car in the world if it's anything like a normal Alfa but it's sooo pretty. I'd like this for Christmas please Santa.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Initially strange, yet oddly compelling.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I WAS VERY FORTUNATE TO SEE THIS CAR IN MONTREAL WHEN THE ITALIAN CONSULATE GENERAL WAS INVITED TO A PARTY BY FERRARI CANADA. THIS CAR IS ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL IN PERSON. I ALSO SAW IT THIS YEAR IN ITALY DURING MY SUMMER TRIP THERE AND THIS CAR ROCKS MY WORLD. TOO BAD MY HEART IS STILL WAITING FOR THE Z28 OR ELSE THIS WOULD BE MY FIRST CHOICE. P.S. MOST OF THE ALFAS I SAW IN EUROPE WERE DIESEL, A MAJOR TURN OFF.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Haven't I driven this in Forza 3?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder how these feel when they are the 4WD version.........heavy, grippy, mushy, precise, wonder what is up with them.
      sure look hella sexy
        • 5 Years Ago
        Rented one for a week in the UK last year, 3.2 liter AWD 6 speed. Did feel a bit heavy and more of a GT / cruiser than an all out sports car, but very nice nonetheless. Very predictable handling in 80 mph country lane sweepers, plenty of grip and the engine and trans felt good. Loads of character and alsosuperbly put together and finished. Yup, on par with BMW in my book. I would buy one immediately if they sold it in the US.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @shiftright
        Thanks man!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I know they have terrible reliability and don't drive nearly as well as they should, but damn are Alfas gorgeous. They have really grown on me since I first started seeing them online/through top gear a few years ago (shame on me for thinking they were ugly). I would love to have Fiat bring Alfa Romeo here for christmas - the best present ever.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The reliability stigma is truly over hyped, and seemingly, no matter what Alfa does, it finds it very difficult to leave behind. In Europe, Alfa's dependability ratings are about on par with Audi, sometimes higher, sometimes lower. True, Audis and VWs are known for electrical niggles, but you don't exactly see the roadside littered with broken down Audis. Bring it and support with a quality dealer network that knows the meaning of customer service (not an Alfa strength) and Alfa will make lots of friends.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's beautiful, sexy, aggressive, intense, and comes with a manual. I think I just drooled.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As much as I love how these look, the weight factor just ruins them for me.

      Still, if Fiat could make Alfa the Audi to their Volkswagon, and move toward lightweight, stylish performers, I think their future in the United States would be certain. Between gas prices that are on the verge of skyrocketing again and Fiat's 500 Abarth, the Alfa Mito and the 147 successor, the niche of Italian hatches is on the verge of something interesting.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Granted, it's not a light car, but a similar sized BMW 330Xi, also with a similar sized V6 and a AWD weighs 200 lbs more, and no one complains about that. In my opinion, every car is overweight nowadays. The Golf R32 weighs over 3,500 lbs and the last gen Audi S4 weighed just shy of 4,000 lbs!
      • 5 Years Ago
      They did a perfect job on the inside, I think it looks as good as a Ferrari with the red stitching and carbon fiber. Rather have some TSW or BBS rims on it instead. Man, I wish they would just bring the Alfa Romeos to America already
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hot hot hot, will cost a pretty penny.
        • 5 Years Ago
        its looks are writing checks its chassis cant cash
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