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Alfa Romeo 156

Alfa Romeo 156

After years of decline, the 156 marked a turning point for Alfa Romeo's fortunes. I or decades, the Italian marque had suffered at the hands of poor product placement, below average reliability and terrible build quality - yet suddenly here was a car that could take on the likes of BMW and Mercedes-Benz, and put up a good light. Launched in 1998, the 156 was instantly referred to as a modern classic thanks to its beautiful, pure Italian styling. It was a fine drive, too, with exceptional handling and a first-rate line up of Alfa's Twin Spark four-cylinder and silky smooth V6 engines. The 156 took the Car of the Year award in the UK, beating its rival Mercedes A-class. A neat estate model appeared in 1999 to further strengthen the Alfa's cause, and already immaculate examples are being sought out and preserved by Alfa enthusiasts.

Alfa Romeo 156 Specifications

Top speed:141 mph (225 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):7.3 sec
Engine type:V6
Displacement:152ci (2,492cc)
Transmission:Six-speed manual
Max power:190 bhp (141.5 kW) at 6,300 rpm
Max torque:164 lb-ft (223 Nm) at 5,000 rpm
Weight:2,932 lb (1,319 kg)
Economy:26 mpg (9.2 km/I)

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