Having a ride in my GTV6
Having a ride in my GTV6
The Autodelta Brera J5 3.2 C (C stands for “Compressore”) is a cutting-edge blend of Italian fashion and the pursuit of ultimate performance through advanced technology. It redefines Autodelta’s never-ending quest to draw the maximum dynamics and driving pleasure from Alfa Romeo’s exciting production models, and is the culmination of more than a year’s intense research and development as well as hard work and innovative thinking put into application.
Announcing that this new car is supercharged brings another strong Autodelta tradition into the equation, one that has become very central to their engineering philosophy in recent years. With a huge wealth of experience in supercharging – including its application on the famous ‘Arese V6’ with a 400bhp step arriving in final stages of its development, as well as on the direct-injection JTS engine, where Autodelta is the only company worldwide to offer forced induction on this Alfa Romeo unit (and in fact of all the major carmakers only VW have a production supercharged direct-injection engine) – it was logical that Autodelta would turn to this tradition as they looked to raise the Brera’s bite in the power stakes. The Brera J5 3.2 C’s dedicated supercharger unit is supplied by Rotrex to Autodelta; in fact the Rotrex C30-94 is considered to be the most compact supercharging unit available today noted for its durability, light inherent weight and compact form; Rotrex superchargers were also chosen by Koenigsegg to power their CCX supercar, which set the record for the fastest production car in the world. The Rotrex C30-94 properties make it perfect for installation in the Brera’s engine bay which offers little excess room, its installation and that of its dedicated oil cooler being positioned in an optimum manner to allow maximum air flow via the new Autodelta-designed front bumper.
What’s better than pictures of a coachbuilt Italian exotic? Why, more pictures of a coachbuilt Italian exotic, of course! And in that vein, the sheet-metal masters at Zagato have graced us with a slew of additional images of their latest creation, based on the Maserati GranSport.
These images come direct to you from the grounds of the Villa d’Este, the glitzy annual concours d’elegance where Zagato has unveiled previous specials like the Ferrari 575 GTZ – so don’t be surprised if the picturesque scenery is a familiar backdrop.
Alfa Romeo Spring 2000 “My shoes,please…”
Alfa Romeo enthusiasts’ attention worldwide has over the last year has been firmly focused on the “new breed” of exciting Alfa Romeo models. And at the same time the attention of Autodelta’s design and engineering team has been on working through the rapidly-growing order book for the new 340bhp Autodelta Brera J5 3.2 C, as well as finalizing bespoke high-performance versions of the 159, 159 Sportwagon and Spider to be added to the range this year.
And although it has slipped somewhat from the public’s attention, the stylish Alfa GT Coupé continues to find a niche market, buyers continuing to be seduced by its excellent chassis, gorgeous Bertone-styled looks, and of course the availability of the classic Alfa 3.2 “V6” engine. Autodelta introduced its exclusive, bespoke version of the Alfa GT, the Autodelta GT 3.2 Super, at the MPH04 Motor Show in December 2004, before exactly a year later at MPH05, it introduced a new, more extreme version that pushed the performance and dynamic envelope out even further. This model, the awesome Autodelta GT 3.2 Super Evo, has proved to be hugely popular with customers with a steady stream of orders being fulfilled over the last year-and-a-half.
The 320bhp Autodelta GT Super had featured a bespoke Rotrex C30-94 supercharger utilised through a compact cooling and lubrication system developed by the firm’s talented engineers for the Alfa GT, along with chassis, suspension, transmission, electronics, braking and aerodynamic upgrades. The new Autodelta GT Super Evo then pushed the performance envelope out even further, offering increased levels of torque (287 lb/ft at 4800 rpm) and more power (341bhp at 6,450rpm) through the incorporation of a larger intercooler and higher-flow injectors, with boost raised from 0.45 to 0.55 bar, and utilising an evolutionary engine re-mapping programme. The 0-60 mph time was shaved to 5.2 seconds, while the main change apparent to the driver was in the substantial improvement in mid- and high-range acceleration as well as a more noticeable (and louder) sound emitted by the revised exhaust system, which was created specially for this “Evo” model in close conjunction with Autodelta’s exhaust development partner, Ragazzon.
29 more horsepower
With the 159 and the 159 Sportwagon Alfa Romeo has placed in the middle-class car market a, in optic and technique, refined successor of the successful model 156. The new design of this Italian provides with admiration looks, which are unusual in this segment.
The Novitec aerodynamic parts for the 159 emphasizes the chassis line, the suspension, adjustable in height and hardness and the new multi-pieces, forged 20” N9 rims make the dynamic appearance perfect. The Pirelli tyres in 255/30R20 assure the best possible grip.
The Novitec additional control unit Powerrail III is responsible for the better traction and acceleration values of the Commonrail Diesel. The standard performance of 147KW/200PS is increased to 169KW/229PS. The stainless steel rear silencer with 115/85mm end-pipes left and right intensifies the sound.
Base: 147 KW / 200 HP
Engine: 169 KW / 229 HP NOVITEC Powerrail 3 additional control unit
Aerodynamic: NOVITEC Front spoiler, side skirts, rear spoiler
Suspension: NOVITEC stainless steel – sport suspension, height and hardness adjustment at the front and rear axle. Height adjustable from 35mm to 75mm.
Exhaust system: NOVITEC stainless steel – rear silencer with 2 end pipes 115x85mm oval chamfered
Wheels: NOVITEC Type N9 multi-piece – forged 8.5 x 20” with Pirelli 255/30R20
Preparation for the production of the new Porsche model series Panamera is running at high speed: Today, Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart celebrated its topping out ceremony for the further expansion of its Leipzig plant. Among those present included German Federal Minister of Transport Wolfgang Tiefensee, the Minister President of Saxony Georg Milbradt, Leipzig’s mayor Burkhard Jung and the Porsche Executive Board member Michael Macht as well as 300 guests and construction workers who together placed a garland on the roof of the new Panamera production facilities. With an area of 25,000 square meters, the facilities form the basis of the expansion. An adjacent logistics center with an area of 23,500 square meters has also been created. In addition, the existing assembly facilities, in which the Cayenne is already being manufactured, will be expanded to include a pilot and analysis center as well as an apprentice workshop. In total, investments for the buildings and production equipment amounted to 150 million Euro.
Last year, a pair of series-built Porsche Cayennes that were further modified by the customers who purchased them drove to victory in the 10,000km-long Transsyberia Rally. Spurred on by the success shown by those two cars, Porsche has built a small production run of at least twenty-six 2007 Cayenne S Transsyberia SUVs, all of which will compete in the 2007 rally. The full range of Porsche’s techno-enhancements are in place, including Porsche Traction Management (PTM), Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDDC), and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM). The PTM system is further enhanced by a transverse lock from the optional Offroad Technology Package available to regular customers, and the PDCC system is already set up with a Special Offroad Mode, which, when active, lets the Cayenne ford bodies of water up to 30″ deep. A roof-mounted snorkel keeps that water from invading the intake manifold.