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by George Skentzos

Following the success of the 159 Ti limited edition launched in Australia almost a year ago, Alfa Romeo has brought back the special hatch for another run in 2008.

It has also brought the entire family along, with limited editions of the 159 Sportwagon and sedan also arriving in Ti format.

With the diesel variant accounting for more than half of 159 sales in Australia, Alfa Romeo has also added the choice of the acclaimed 2.4-litre Turbo Diesel engine complimenting the 2.2-litre JTS and 3.2-litre JTS V6 engines to the limited edition Ti line-up.

“When the 159 Ti joined the range last year, we thought that it would prove popular with its combination of performance enhancing features and visual enrichment, but we sold out in a matter of weeks and it has taken us nearly 12 months to organize a second Ti programme for the 159.” Edward Butler, General Manager for Alfa Romeo in Australia.

The Ti (Tourism International) badge denotes the performance orientated styling and packaging of the 159, adding sports suspension which lowers the 159 by 20mm and a Brembo brake package painted in Alfa Romeo red.

2008 Alfa Romeo 159 Ti limited edition

A subtle sports body kit, burnished aluminium accents and 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped with 235/40×19 low-profile rubber complete the look on the outside.

Inside, the cockpit is a mesh of classic Alfa Romeo pedigree performance highlights, including black leather electrically operated and heated sports seats highlighted by red stitching, with the same theme carried over to the steering wheel, gear lever and instrument cluster.

The first of three engines of offer in the 159 Ti range is a 2.2-litre 136kW JTS engine, capable of running down the 0-100km/h sprint in 8.8 seconds and onto a top speed of 222km/h while fuel consumption stands at an impressive 7.3L/100kms.

The 159 Ti 2.2 JTS is priced from $54,990 with a standard six-speed manual gearbox, while the six-speed Selespeed has a recommended retail price of $56,990.

A 2.4-litre 147 kW JTD – the most powerful turbo-diesel in Alfa Romeo’s line-up – drops the 0-100km/h time by 0.4 seconds yet obtains a combined fuel figure of 6.8L/100kms.

In Ti form, the 2.4 JTD variant demands a price tag of $58,990 for the manual and $61,990 for the Q-Tronic automatic version.

The flagship of the Ti range is a 3.2 litre JTS V6 that produces 191kW and 322Nm, covering naught to 100km/h in a respectable 7.0 seconds and on to a top speed of 240km/h whilst maintaining remarkable fuel consumption of 8.4-litres per 100km on the open road.

The range-topping 159 Ti 3.2 V6 model will set you back $76,990 for the manual version, and $79,990 with a Q-Tronic Tiptronic-style automatic transmission.

“If the package of equipment that combines to produce the Ti was available separately, it would add approximately $10,000 to the cost of the 159,” says Edward Butler. “But the price difference is just $2000 for the V6 version and $5,000 for 2.2 JTS and 2.4 JTD equipped 159 Ti, making providing the latest limited edition Alfa Romeo to carry the Ti badge also the best-ever value for money.”

The more practical Sportwagon variant starts at $57,990 for the manual and $59,990 for the Selespeed with the 2.2-litre JTS engine, topping out at $82,990 with the 3.2 Litre V6 engine with the Q-Tronic transmission.




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