• May 17, 2010

2011 Alfa Romeo Spider – Click above for high-res image gallery

Say what you will about Alfa Romeo's latest 8C-derived styling direction, but we're going to miss the angular beauty of the current Brera and its drop-top Spider sibling. But before the achingly gorgeous two-doors sail off into the sunset – never having made it to American shores – Alfa has released an updated version.

The beneficiary of the latest from Fiat Powertrain Technologies, the Brera and Spider have now been made available with the 1750 TBi and 2.0 JTDM engines. The former is a turbocharged, direct-injection gas-burning four with 1742 cubic centimeters of displacement, 197 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque and propelling the Brera and Spider to 62 mph in 7.7 and 7.8 seconds, respectively, and a 146 mph top end. The latter is a 2.0-liter turbo diesel with 168 horses and 265 lb-ft of torque, capable of 8.8- and 9-second sprints to 62 for the coupe and convertible en route to a 135 mph terminal velocity.

In addition to the new engines, which you can read more about in the press release after the jump, Alfa is also making the Italia Indepenent trim level – previously a special edition – available across the range, with matte titanium paint, 18-inch black alloys hiding red brake calipers and special interior trim. Have a closer look in the gallery below to see what we're missing on the Atlantic's Western shores.



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NEW ENGINES AND ADDED STYLE FOR BRERA AND SPIDER RANGE

Alfa Romeo UK has recently introduced its new 200 bhp 1750 TBi petrol and the 170 bhp 2.0 JTDM diesel engines to the head-turning Alfa Brera coupé and Alfa Spider convertible range, following the unveiling of the powerplants in the Alfa 159 range late last year.

The Alfa Brera and Alfa Spider perfectly encapsulate the characteristics most synonymous with Alfa Romeo – sportiness and elegance – and now with the latest in engine efficiency and refinement, the updated line-up in the Brera/Spider range has never been stronger.

In addition to the two new engines produced by Fiat Powertrain Technologies (FPT), an exclusive edition trim level will be available, known as Italia Independent – featuring unique content including a matt black titanium exterior finish, 18" black opaque turbine design alloy wheels, carbon fibre effect trim inserts and a radio/sat-nav system. The Italia Independent trim will be available on all Alfa Brera and Alfa Spider derivatives.

1750 TBi 200 BHP TURBO PETROL ENGINE

The new Alfa Romeo 1750 TBi engine embodies a long heritage of motoring excellence. The new, lightweight, variable valve timing, direct injection turbocharged engine develops an impressive 200 bhp along with 320 Nm of torque to bring new levels of drivability to the Alfa Brera and Spider range.

Perfectly complementing the current engine line-up, the new 16-valve, twin overhead camshaft 1742 cc petrol unit promises keen fuel efficiency, along with much lower CO2 emissions, down to 189 g/km for the Alfa Brera and 192 g/km for the Alfa Spider.

Significantly, through a process known as 'scavenging', the maximum torque of Alfa Romeo's new petrol engine is achieved at just 1400 rpm – little more than tickover speed – with maximum power developed between 4750 and 5500 rpm.

From a standstill, the 1750 TBi engined Alfa Brera and Alfa Spider reach the 0 - 62 mph acceleration benchmark in virtually identical times of 7.7 and 7.8 seconds respectively, before both topping out at 146 mph. However it is the on-road flexibility of the in-gear acceleration that sets the engine apart from its competitors – offering a more sporting driver experience consistent with a 'flat' torque curve and a constant delivery of power – perfect for confident overtaking and relaxed long distance driving.

Routine maintenance intervals for the 1750 TBi version will be set at every 21,000 miles.

2.0 JTDM 170 BHP DIESEL ENGINE

Given that Alfa Romeo introduced common rail diesel technology more than 10 years ago on the Alfa 156, it should come as little surprise that a new diesel unit has now been developed that brings higher power and torque values, yet, at the same time, increases fuel efficiency and lowers CO2 emissions.

Alfa's 2.0 JTDM powerplant develops 170 bhp available at just 4,000 rpm, and the latest incarnation of its MultiJet technology means that the 2.0 JTDM unit delivers its maximum torque of 360 Nm between just 1750 rpm and 2500 rpm.

Significantly, the new 2.0 JTDM powered Alfa Brera and Alfa Spider cover the 0 – 62 mph sprint in just 8.8 and 9.0 seconds respectively, and possess a top speed of 135 mph. CO2 emissions are reduced to just 142 g/km – putting these vehicles into one of the lower road charge tax bands.

Routine maintenance intervals for the 2.0 JTDM version are set at every 21,000 miles.

LATEST TRIM ADDITION - ITALIA INDEPENDENT

From the exterior, the Italia Independent trim is distinguished by its head-turning matt black titaniuim finish, 18" black opaque 'turbine' design alloy wheels, red brake calipers and Alfa 8C inspired aluminium fuel cap.

Internally, the car boasts a sporty black leather bound steering wheel and gear knob with red stitching, carbon-fibre trim inserts, sports dials, black sports leather upholstered seats with Italia Independent branded headrests, aluminium sports pedals and foot rest, and a high-tech radio/sat-nav sytem with Blue&Me™.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Forgive me if I go against the common trend in this blog, but I never actually liked Giugiaro's approach to Alfa Romeo design. I find that front end plasticky, unsophisticated and dated. It's all aggression and no refinement. Giugiaro had already killed the Alfa 156 with its facelift, and the 159 is just a plain ordinary car with an overaggressive front end. I'd take Bertone-designed Alfa GT against the 159, Brera or Speedster's, even if the former's front-end (especially the headlights) is now conceptually surpassed. The new design trend of incorporating 8C's elements into smaller cars is just fine to me, though I fear it'll become tiresome if all Alfas start looking alike. Italy is home to Pininfarina and Bertone, but Alfa preferred the Punto's designer (the Punto looks like the offspring of a forbidden love affair between a Maserati and a Daewoo) to the greatest design schools. Alfas should be thoroughbreds, not me-too (no pun intended!) cars!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I want it,Imagine that car with the VW R32 engine and drivetrain.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I will miss this design language.
        • 4 Years Ago
        In the photos this car always looks terrible. Not so in the flesh.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Too bad they didn't incorporate the Alfa 2uetto concept interior in the update.
      • 4 Years Ago
      the 1750 tbi is a good engine
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm an alfa fan, but tbh I don't like the current spider design vermy much. I prefer my 2002 alfa gtv with it's golden 3.2 v6 ... have it since 2004 and love it, love it, love it!
      • 4 Years Ago
      This defines true beauty.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Brera and Spider are beautiful cars that were unfortunately flawed by excess weight from an original platform that was to be shared with Saab. This platform was so overweight. The AWD Brera V6 auto weighed in at about 3800 to 3900 LBS. No wonder it was such a slug in the performance and handling department. If anything the these new 4 cylinder turbos should help with handling and it's performance is not that far behind the V6 AWD versions. Lets hope Alfa comes up with another handsome coupe off the Giulietta platform. Further lets hope Alfa takes the 2uettotanta show car and comes close to it's styling in the production RWD Spider. Better yet maybe Alfa can use the same platform to make a coupe version. If that happens then Alfa would have come full circle and finally come back to the RWD fold with it's sports cars. Keeping fingers crossed.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, they could be lighter, but the kerb weight of a Brera 3.2 Q4 is actually about the same as a BMW 328xi, if you look at their respective websites. They're both roughly the same size( albeit with very different proportions). An Audi A4 V6 Quattro's weight is within spitting distance of an 159 Q4 V6. Alfa just needed to add more power, something it's always been shy to do, inexplicably.

        Regardless, chunky or not, I'd kill for a 159 or a Brera in the US.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      They are beautiful cars to look at, but living in a market where you can readily buy them (Australia), the beauty is sadly skin-deep.

      Alfa needs to do a lot of work on trimming weight and refining their ride/handling balance. The engines are already pretty spectacular, but rough ride, sloppy handling, vague gearboxes, and loose steering hold these cars back, not to mention monumental curb weights for the Brera...

      Best of luck to them, because the good bits (styling, engines) are *really* good.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Very nice looking cars. Especially the roadster. I was disappointed that they are front drivers. When I think of Alfa, I think of georgeous twin cam fours driving the rear wheels wrapped in handsome coachwork.
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