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ALFA ROMEO INTRODUCTION:

Alfa Romeo has a deep history that spans almost a century, beginning in 1906 when the company began producing low-cost cars based in Milan, Italy. Sold in 1986 to the Fiat Group, the company began to make its mark in the high-performance luxury car market. Models such as the Alfa 156 helped the company build a strong reputation on the touring car championship circuits. In recent years, the car that remains one of the company's all-time best sellers is the Alfa 156, a car that's won more than 30 prestigious international awards, including 1998 Car of the Year for its category.

ALFA ROMEO 156 2.5 V6 24V:

After its appearance in 1997, the Alfa Romeo 156 has achieved more than enough success to demonstrate the abilities of Alfa, pulling it out of a slump. Two engine types are available - the straight-4 Twin Spark used since the 155, and a V6 that previously had 12 valve heads which is now given 24 valve heads. Previous Alfa V6's had a design in which the camshaft provided on the intake side also drives the exhaust-side valves, thus the SOHC does the same work as a DOHC, but the V6 in the 156 now has two camshafts on one bank. This makes the V6 even smoother, boosting the maximum power from 150 hp @ 5800 rpm in the 155 to 190 hp @ 6300 rpm with the 156's V6. In thinking about the 156, one cannot ignore the suspension. The front is a double wishbone able to devote itself entirely to the up-and-down motion of the shock absorbers, while the rear has departed at last from the trailing arm type, adopting Lancia struts, namely a parallel link suspension that suppresses changes in the tire footprint to a certain degree. This radically reformed suspension gives the 156 an extremely sharp impression while maintaining the same 2.2 turns lock-to-lock as the 155.

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ALFA ROMEO'S GT3 LINEUP:

Not extremely powerful, yet clearly enjoyable enough to buy and take to the Tuning Shop. The 156 is an excellent value.

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1 - '99 156 2.5 V6 24V
Drivetrain - Front Engine-Front Wheel Drive
Credits - 38,910
Power - 190 hp @ 6,300 rpm
Torque - 163 lb-ft @ 5,000 rpm
Weight - 1,320 kg


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