147 CC's Sprinting In
whole new generation of Alfa fans could soon be experiencing the heady excitement of top-down motoring, Auto Express can exclusively reveal.
Designed to be a convertible version of the forthcoming Alfa Sprint - due to appear at the end of this year - the coupé cabriolet (pictured in the current issue of Auto Express magazine) will enter the line-up below the Italian company's only current drop-top, the Spider. News of the car comes despite Fiat's current financial difficulties.
As with the Peugeot 307 CC that will arrive before it, the Alfa will feature an electric hard-top. At the touch of a button, the roof will retract and fold neatly beneath a stowage cover, which sits flush with the body. But unlike the Peugeot, with its usable rear seats, the Alfa 147 convertible coupé will be a strict two-seater. Not only does this give it a sportier appearance, it also allows additional boot space when the top is down.
Apart from the obvious difference of the roof, the 147 CC will feature other changes over its tin-top relative. These include a more steeply raked windscreen and reinforced roll-over hoops behind the seats to protect occupants. To compensate for the loss of rigidity caused by chopping off the roof, extra bracing will be fitted to the chassis to minimise body flex.
Although still at the drawing board stage, the 147 drop-top isn't expected to change much before it goes on sale in the UK late next year, with prices expected to start from £20,000.
Alfa's 2.0-litre Twin Spark unit will power the car. But as with other models in the range, a GTA performance version with a 3.2-litre 250bhp V6 engine is likely to be available later.
Words/Pictures: Mat Watson
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