Originally Posted by Toronto Spider
I'm just working off of pictures displayed on the computer monitor, and within those limitations the Brera doesn't look distinctive enough from the GT for it to make any sense to me. Usually you can look at a car and understand it -- get a sense of its purpose and its reason for being. So far I'm not getting that from the Brera. I might have if the GT hadn't come out so recently. The lack of company supplied information about prices and the limited engine options has contributed confusion. On paper the Brera doesn't seem to have enough horsepower to really make it stand out in the sports coupe market.
If you see a GT in the Flesh ,then you will quickley realise that it is a Alfa 147 with a different body.
Sit inside a GT, and look only forward, and you could be siting in a 147 with the Sport Leather seats. It is only if you look in the rear view mirror ,that you would realise you are actually not sitting in a 147, as the rear view is different.
I suspect that the GT was going to be the Alfa 147 sprint that had been rumoured and then vanished as the GT was produced by Alfa.
So bearing in mind that the GT is an overpriced, rebodied 147, the Brera then becomes Alfa Romeo's leading sports car.
Being based on the same chassis as the upcoming 157/8/9, or whatever it will be called, makes this the coupe version of the 157/8/9 sedan
Alfa has traditionally done this
Alfetta sedan and Alfeta GTV coupe
Alfasud and Alfasud Sprint. etc
There is no problem with where the Brera fits in, the problem is the GT which someone in their wisdom decided that they could make a quick buck out of rebodying a 147 and selling it at a high premium.
The cars that should be available are ;
1) Alfa 147 and Alfa 147 Coupe (supposedly going to happen with the 148 series
2) Alfa 157/8/9 sedan and coupe(called the Brera)
3) Alfa 167 luxury sedan.
The power of the Brera is ample for its type of car.
The combination of power and dynamics will ensure its success. And it will look something special on the road, that I can guarantee you
NB engines range from entry level 2.2 JTS to a 3.2 JTV V6 biturbo petrol engines and a 1.9 JTD to a 3.0 JTD diesel engines.
Infact this car looks more impressive than the Montreal ,which I actually saw when it was originally released.