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The undisputed star of the 2005 Geneva International Motor Show, the Alfa Romeo 159 made its market debut. The founder of the new family that will replace the Alfa Romeo 156, and therefore the heir to a successful model (over 680,000 units have been sold since 1997), this original saloon takes up the baton, to become the new benchmark in its segment. Born from Alfa's long, acknowledged experience in the production of prestigious sports saloons, the Alfa Romeo 159 heralds a new generation of cars from Alfa. The 159 Project is the result of innovative design methodologies developed by an international team that has succeeded in combining performance and formerly irreconcilable targets - extremely entertaining driving, outstanding performance and distinctive styling - with outstanding levels of safety, comfort and sturdiness, without compromise.
The new Alfa Romeo 159 is a prestigious saloon that combines refined Italian styling with the sporty elegance typical of Alfa Romeo. Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro in collaboration with the Alfa Romeo Styling Centre, the new car has an elegant, sinuous line, which combines generous dimensions with the compactness typical of Alfa Romeo sportiness.
The new model is equipped with three new JTS engines with continuous dual variable valve timing (inlet and exhaust): the 3.2 V6 24v (191 kW - 260 bhp), the 2.2 (136 kW - 185 bhp) and the 1.9 (118 kW - 160 bhp), with a specific power output between 81 and 85 bhp/l. All the engines meet Euro 4 standards, exploiting the direct petrol injection in full thanks to a particular combustion system known as JTS: Jet Thrust Stoichiometric. For the customer, this means brilliant engine performance, which enhances the driving enjoyment and the performance of the car. The torque values of the three engines are equally outstanding, and 88% is already available at 2,000 rpm: 322 Nm / 32.8 kgm) at 4,500 rpm for the 3.2 V6 JTS, 230 Nm / 23.4 kgm) at 4,500 rpm for the 2.2 JTS, and 190 Nm / 19.4 kgm) at 4,500 rpm for the 1.9 JTS.
Source: Alfa Romeo Press Release