Alfa Romeo 166

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Alfa Romeo 166
2004 Alfa Romeo 166 facelift.JPG
Overview
ManufacturerAlfa Romeo
Production
  • 1996–2007 (LHD)
  • 1998–2005 (RHD)
Model years1999–2007
Assembly
DesignerWalter de Silva at Centro Stile Alfa Romeo
Body and chassis
ClassExecutive car (E)
Body style4-door saloon
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
PlatformType E[2]
Related
Powertrain
Engine
Transmission
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,700 mm (106.3 in)
Length4,720 mm (185.8 in)
Width1,815 mm (71.5 in)
1,800 mm (70.9 in) (from 2003)
Height1,416 mm (55.7 in)
Curb weight1,420–1,550 kg (3,130–3,420 lb)
Chronology
PredecessorAlfa Romeo 164

The Alfa Romeo 166 (Type 936) is an executive car produced by the Italian automaker Alfa Romeo, between October 1996 and June 2007. The car was designed by Centro Stile Alfa Romeo, under the control of Walter de Silva, and was facelifted in September 2003.

History[edit]

In order to keep the design fresh, Alfa Romeo made a series of modifications to the Lancia Kappa based underpinnings, radically changing the suspension set up, and also taking a clean paper approach to the interior.[7] The 166 served as the replacement for the 164. Production began in the end of 1996, and model was available from the end of 1998.

Alfa Romeo 166 (pre facelift)

The car was initially available with a 2.0-litre Twin Spark (155 PS), a 2.5-litre V6 (190 PS), a 3.0 V6 (226 PS) or a V6 2.0 Turbo (205 PS) petrol engine. Diesel engines were a L5 2.4-litre 10v common rail turbodiesel version with 136 PS (100 kW; 134 hp), 140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp) and 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) output, praised for its refinement.

The TS model used a five-speed manual gearbox, whilst the 2.5 and 3.0 had the option of a Sportronic automatic gearbox. The 3.0 V6, L5 2.4, and V6 Turbo were otherwise supplied with a six-speed manual gearbox.

The top models were named "Super", and included MOMO leather interior, 17" alloy wheels, rain sensitive wipers, cruise control, climate control and ICS (Integrated Control System) with colour screen. Options included xenon headlamps, GSM connectivity and satellite navigation.

The suspension system consisted of wishbones at the front and a multi-link setup at the rear.

Facelift (2003)[edit]

Alfa Romeo 166, facelifted model

In September 2003, the 166 was substantially revised, being unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show. As well as upgrades to the chassis, interior, and engine range, the styling was substantially altered. The new front end resembled the also recently revised 156.

The 2.0-litre V6 Turbo model was dropped because of marketing problems, the V6 2.5 was re-rated at 188 PS (138 kW; 185 hp) and a 3.2-litre V6 (240 PS) was introduced. Both the new 3.2-litre and the 2.0 Twin Spark models now featured the six-speed manual gearbox, whilst the 3.0 model was retained but made available only in the Sportronic form.

The L5 2.4 was re-engineered with Multi-Jet technology which allows up to five injections per cycle, second stage common rail, with a maximum injection pressure of 1400 bar and four valves per cylinder, to output a class-leading 175 PS (129 kW; 173 hp).

End of production[edit]

In October 2005, the Alfa Romeo 166 was officially withdrawn from sale in markets for RHD. Sales of the 166 never grew as Alfa Romeo had hoped, following the facelift in September 2003, and the additional lack of a diesel engine in the United Kingdom, Australian, and Irish markets limited its reach into company car sectors. The 2.4 JTD diesel engine was only available in left-hand drive markets.

In June 2007, the production of the 166 effectively ended, with no direct successor. In September 2008, the platform was sold to the Chinese state-run manufacturer GAC Group.[8] In total, fewer than 100,000 units were made.

In August 2009, Autocar named the 166 as "Britain's Worst Depreciating Used Car", as it held just 14.4% of its original used value after three years.[9]

Engines[edit]

Model Engine Displacement Power Torque 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph), seconds Top Speed Note
First generation of engines
2.0 TS I4 1,970 cc 114 kW (155 PS) at 6,400 rpm 187 N⋅m (138 lb⋅ft) at 2,800 rpm 9.6 213 km/h (132 mph) Euro2
2.0 V6 TB V6 1,996 cc 151 kW (205 PS) at 6,000 rpm 285 N⋅m (210 lb⋅ft) at 2,500 rpm 8.1 237 km/h (147 mph) Italian tax model
2.5 V6 V6 2,492 cc 140 kW (190 PS) at 6,200 rpm 222 N⋅m (164 lb⋅ft) at 5,000 rpm 8.4
9.5 Sportronic
225 km/h (140 mph)
220 km/h (137 mph) Sportronic
Euro2
3.0 V6 V6 2,959 cc 166 kW (226 PS) at 6,200 rpm 275 N⋅m (203 lb⋅ft) at 5,000 rpm 7.8
8.5 Sportronic
243 km/h (151 mph)
237 km/h (147 mph) Sportronic
Euro2
2.4 JTD I5 2,387 cc 100 kW (136 PS) at 4,000 rpm 304 N⋅m (224 lb⋅ft) at 2,000 rpm 9.9 202 km/h (126 mph)
Second generation of engines, MY 2001
2.0 TS I4 1,970 cc 110 kW (150 PS) at 6,300 rpm 181 N⋅m (133 lb⋅ft) at 3,800 rpm 9.8 211 km/h (131 mph) Euro3
2.5 V6 V6 2,492 cc 138 kW (188 PS) at 6,300 rpm 221 N⋅m (163 lb⋅ft) at 5,000 rpm 8.4
9.5 Sportronic
225 km/h (140 mph)
220 km/h (137 mph) Sportronic
Euro3
3.0 V6 V6 2,959 cc 162 kW (220 PS) at 6,300 rpm 265 N⋅m (195 lb⋅ft) at 5,000 rpm 7.8
8.6 Sportronic
241 km/h (150 mph)
237 km/h (147 mph) Sportronic
Euro3
2.4 JTD 10v I5 2,387 cc 103/110 kW (140/150 PS) at 4,000 rpm 305 N⋅m (225 lb⋅ft) at 1,800 rpm 9.9 210 km/h (130 mph)
Third generation of engines, MY 2003 Facelift
2.0 TS I4 1,970 cc 110 kW (150 PS) at 6,400 rpm 181 N⋅m (133 lb⋅ft) at 3,800 rpm 9.8 211 km/h (131 mph)
2.5 V6 V6 2,492 cc 138 kW (188 PS) at 6,300 rpm 221 N⋅m (163 lb⋅ft) at 5,000 rpm 8.4 225 km/h (140 mph)
3.0 V6 V6 2,959 cc 162 kW (220 PS) at 6,300 rpm 265 N⋅m (195 lb⋅ft) at 5,000 rpm 8.6 Sportronic 236 km/h (147 mph) Sportronic
3.2 V6 V6 3,179 cc 177 kW (240 PS) at 6,200 rpm 289 N⋅m (213 lb⋅ft) at 4,800 rpm 7.4 245 km/h (152 mph)
2.4 JTD 10v I5 2,387 cc 110 kW (150 PS) at 4,000 rpm 305 N⋅m (225 lb⋅ft) at 1,800 rpm 9.9 210 km/h (130 mph)
2.4 JTD M-Jet 20v I5 2,387 cc 129/136 kW (175/185 PS) at 4,000 rpm 385 N⋅m (284 lb⋅ft) at 2,000 rpm
330 N⋅m (243 lb⋅ft) at 1,750 rpm (Sportronic)
8.9
8.9 Sportronic
222 km/h (138 mph)
218 km/h (135 mph) Sportronic
(depending on model year)

References[edit]

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