164 2.0i Twin Spark Information and history.
The alfa 164 code name 'Alberto' (AL = Alfa,ber = berlina, to = Torino) was created in the Pininfarina Styling centre under the supervision of Ermanno Cressni, then head of the Alfa Romeo Styling Centre. The model was eagerly awaited as the new Alfa Romeo flgship had been announced some time earlier, but the handing over of the company to the Fiat Group and the quality controls completed by the completed by the new managemeant considerably delayed the launch. Th car was finally presented at the Frankfurt motor show in 1987 and went on sale in italy on the 2nd of October, some year. The event aroused great enthusiasm as it represented a revival of the Arese fortunes; hopes were raised of a better future than the ongoing national and international economic crisis was to present.
A front wheel drive model, flying in the face of the alfa romeo tradition that had only accepted this solution for smaller cars, the new 164s successfully concealed their close relationship to the Fiat Croma, the Lancia Thema and the saab 9000 with which they shared bodyshells and certain mechanical components. This was above all due to their sporting temperameant, but also to the elegant and highly individual styling, fruit of the collaboration with Pininfarina. For the first time in the history of Alfa Romeo the entire range of engines was equipped with fuel injection. with no place for traditional carburettors. However, the impressive performance and overall quality of the new model both in design and careful construction soon redeemed the new model from the doubts which raised mostly because of its front-wheel drive transmission, not welcomed to a significant group of Alfisti. In April, 1989 a version with an exhaust catalyst, known as the 164 2.0i Twin Spark Europa, was introduced (namely type 164 A2C powered by the type 06416 engine). It featured the same general specifications as the original version with the exception of a reduction in maximum power, now lowered to 143 hp. No significant styling modifications were introduced. The two 1990 models (catalised and non-catalised), respectively the types 164 A2L and 164 A2H, were fitted with a new gearbox. Both versions were presented at the Geneva motor show of the following year.
With the renewal of the range in 1992, Alfa Romeo took into account the diverse requiremeants of its clientele and offered two versions of the 164. One drew on the sporting heritage of the marque whilst the outher, the 164 Super trim was initially reserved only to V6-powered models. In 1993 the Super specification was extended to the whole 164 range and the car became one of the most refined and complete on the European Market. The engine power outputs and general mechanical specifications were unchanged, if compared with the previous model year.
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