Sharp gets sharper: Alfa 159 ti

The Alfa Romeo 159 is arguably the most beautiful sedan on the market, but Alfa's raising the stakes with the new ti package. The sporty trim-level will be formally unveiled at next year's Geneva show, but we've got the details for you a little early.

The Turismo Internazionale label is an historic designation for Alfa Romeo, going back all the way to the 1963 Giulia ti Super, carrying on through the Alfasud ti and on to today as the highest sport trim-level on several Alfa models. The 159 ti is positioned against the S-Line and M-Sport packages from rivals Audi and BMW respectively, offering upgraded wheels and brakes together with sportier trim inside and out.

Outside, the 159 ti gets a new body kit, stiffer suspension lowered by 20mm, and red Brembo calipers peering out from behind 19-inch alloy rims. There's also the option of either aluminum-finish or body-colored side mirrors, an upgraded exhaust and the requisite badging to go along with it all. Inside the cabin are sports seats, a dark-tinted aluminum center console, aluminum pedals, door-sill panels, a revised instrument panel, red-stitched black leather wheel and shifter, plus all the electric goodies. The ti trim level is positioned above the Basic, Progression, Distinctive and Exclusive models and can be had on a wide range of drivetrain models.

Just in case US buyers needed any more reason to anxiously await Alfa's return to American shores.

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