Originally Posted by AlfaBetaBlocker
As someone else said, those flanks are pure Chris Bangle. I really hope they're going to try harder with the 169. Why is it that other European car designers think they have to ape the Germans' designs in the sports executive sector? Even Citroen, who I was hopeful were going back to building distinctive cars again after the stunning C6, have dropped into dull Teutonic mode with the new C5. They even advertise is as being "reassuringly German". So basically, the best thing they can say about it is it's something that it isn't.
Nothing to see here people.
As a smiley says on another forum I use, "Yeah, that"!
Personally I preferred the red one.
Of course we want a larger 159...
The only fault I can find with the 159 is that the rear doors look awkwardly short to me. Other than that, the 159 is brilliant.
The silver one that started this thread - I think that is so ugly - the wheels are HUGE... what is going on with this Tonka-toy craze... you may as well have them in chrome with 35-profile rubber.
The 'real' silver one in the trailer/transporter - promising. Strange wheels would be a disguise, I reckon.
As someone said, when the actual models are released, no-one is disappointed with Alfa style. So, why worry?
In the meantime, I still think my 164 has perfect proportions, even though the 166 makes a better first impression - the 164 has a kind of deep and meaningful beauty which is apparent when you sit inside and realise how much larger the windows are. (Along with the giant wheels, the other trend seems to be towards a tiny glasshouse...)
Also there were certain details on the 164, like the way the door frames curved to form the windscreen pillars and meet the front wings, which seem to have been lost on the 166. I particularly liked the graceful tapering of the 164's rear bumper skirt, which is also cheapened on the 166. I reckon they should bring back two-toned lower body cladding as well and put the chrome away for good