166 gone but not
AO Silver Member
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: United Kingdom
Re: why dident they make the 166 a Rear wheel drive
The main reason was cost cutting. As far back as I can remember, Alfa has never had too much money in the kitty. R&D for new platform testing was too much, especially as they tried so hard to emulate BMW & Mercedes.
If anybody brought last months Auto Italia mag as well, they will have read the article on Type 4 platform sharing between the Lancia Thema, Fiat Croma, Saab 9000 & 164. Alfa management probably decided to stick to the FWD setup from 164 to 166 to save costs, but engineer the car better overall. I think the GTV & 166 were the saving graces of Alfa in the late 90s becuase they brought back the Alfa spirit, but just could not have engineered it any further with budgets.
Platform sharing on cars is so common nowadays, it's all too easy for car manufacturers. Any way that car manufacturers, or any company for that matter, can save money is crucial for survival. Just as an example, Ford chose to not fit an LSD to the 90s Fiesta RS Turbo, even though the gearbox was the same as the Escort RS Turbo, & they did this to cut costs.
Italians are crazy people.... but their cars are objects of desire