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by Tim Beissmann

The Alfa Romeo Brera has joined the Spider and 159 in offering the Italian marque’s impressive 1750 TBi engine, as the sexy coupe enters the final stages of its life.

Just like its convertible sister car – the Alfa Romeo Spider – the six-speed manual Brera 1750 TBi replaces the auto/manual 2.2 JTS models in a simplified, two-model line-up.

The revised pricing structure mirrors that of the Spider, with the 2011 Brera maintaining its entry-level price of $64,990, and enjoying an $11,000 price reduction for the range-topping 3.2-litre JTS V6 six-speed automatic, which now comes in at $79,990.

Like the Spider, new standard features across the 2011 Brera range include 19-inch alloy wheels, Pieno Fiore leather seats with power adjustment, and automatic folding side mirrors.

Also standard is dual-zone air-conditioning, seven airbags, six-speaker audio system with 10-disc CD stacker, Blue and Me Bluetooth connection with iPod/USB connectivity, fog lights, rear parking sensors, cruise control, stability control with hill holder, 60/40 split-fold rear seats and a full length glass sunroof.

In addition, the 3.2 JTS V6 adds a Bose sound system, Xenon headlights and headlight washers, as well as Q4 all-wheel drive and the Q tronic automatic transmission.

The 1.75-litre direct-injection turbocharged four-cylinder engine produces 147kW of power and 320Nm of torque (up from the 2.2 JTS’s 136kW/230Nm). Acceleration from 0-100km/h is down by more than a second, while combined cycle fuel consumption and emissions are also around 12 percent lower, at 8.1 litres/100km and 189g/km respectively.

The 3.2-litre JTS V6 continues to offer 191kW and 322Nm of torque, with a sprint time seven-tenths quicker than the 1750 TBi, but fuel consumption considerably higher at 12.2 litres/100km.

Nearing the the end of their production lives, Alfa Romeo will continue to sell the Brera and Spider models in Australia until it runs out of stock. New models designed under its restructured Chrysler-Fiat parent company are not expected to arrive until at least 2013.

Alfa Romeo sold 16 Spiders and 22 Breras in Australia in 2010.

Read CarAdvice’s full European drive review of the 2011 Alfa Romeo Brera.




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