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This news is on the Italiaspeed.com site:
ALFA ROMEO 158
The GM 'Premium' platform based 156 replacement will make its debut late next year. The entry-level version will be a 150hp 1.8 JTS followed by two all-alloy units, a 170hp 2.0JTS and a 190hp 2.2 JTS. The new Orbital/Fiat-GM Powertrain 'Electron' alloy V6 engine which has been heavily revised by Alfa Romeo engineers will come in two specifications: a 230hp 2.8 V6 JTS and a 260hp 3.2 V6 JTS.
Topping the range will be a 300hp probable 2.2-litre capacity supercharged engine while the GTA will boast a twinturbo version of the new 3.2-litre V6 JTS with 400hp. For Alfa Romeo's North American comeback in 2006/7 a US-aimed GTA version will feature Maserati's 4.2-litre V8.
Diesel options will come in the shape of an entry-level 120bhp 1.9-litre unit utilising second generation Multijet technology, a higher-specification version with 160bhp, followed by a 200bhp 2.4 Multijet and a range topping 3.2-litre Multijet with an expected 245bhp on tap.
Thus the model line up will be as follows:
1.8 JTS 150cv
2.0 JTS 170cv
2.2 JTS 190cv
2.8 V6 JTS 230cv
3.2 V6 JTS 260cv
Quadrifoglio 280cv (4WD)
GTA (USA) 430cv
1.9 MJTD 140cv
1.9 MJTD 160cv
2.4 MJTD 200cv
3.2 V6 MJTD 245cv
All the 158s will be rear wheel drive except the Quadrifoglio but the Sportwagon version will offer the option of 4x4 for all models over 2.0-litre.
As Alfa Romeo gear up to take BMW head on, so the size of the new 158 will increase, 180mm longer, 90mm wider but 30mm lower than the current 156. This will form a trend as the 147 replacement will be the widest car in its class.