27 June 2008

AutoDelta 159

AutoDelta 159 J4 2.2 C to make dynamic driving debut at Spa Italia

27 June 2008 - Just a week after the Autodelta 159 J4 2.2 C received its world première in Amsterdam, the brand new high performance sports saloon will make its public dynamic driving debut at Belgium's legendary Spa-Francorchamps race track on the occasion of Spa Italia (28/29 June).

The new Autodelta 159 J4 2.2 C features a specially-developed supercharger system including a Rotrex C30-74 unit, new aluminium inlet manifold and bespoke intercooler, which adds up to drive the Alfa 159 saloon to power of 245 bhp and 290 Nm of torque coupled to upgrades in the area of the transmission, chassis, brakes, electronics and aerodynamics. It becomes the third member of the exclusive J-series model range, joining the Brera J5 3.2 C and Spider J6 3.2 C in our line-up.

Alfa Romeo 159

The new model is the result of an 18 month development programme that has focused on supercharging Alfa Romeos direct injection JTS engine, making Autodelta the only firm to apply forced induction principles to this power unit. The overall package hones the Alfa 159 into a high performance saloon, pushing its dynamic abilities forward in every area, but without compromising on its comfort and 'touring' characteristics. Top speed is raised to 165 mph, while 0-62 mph is achieved in 6.9 seconds. Exclusive features of the 159 J4 2.2 C include 8.5x19 OZ Botticelli Ultra Light alloy wheels, height adjustable coil over dampers with bound and rebound settings, stainless steel free flow dual silencer exhaust system, mechanical limited slip differential, front, rear and side aerodynamic kit, and perforated discs and new compound pads all round. The order book is set to open on July 1st when full pricing will be announced.

Spa Italia is one of Europe's leading extravaganzas for Italian automobile enthusiasts, and each year the event, now in its 7th edition, attracts a wealth of fabulous cars from every era of Alfa Romeo's long history. Taking place annually at the dramatic Spa-Franchorchamps circuit, which nestles deep in the Ardennes forest in Belgium, it is the perfect setting for any high performance machine to make its dynamic driving debut. Highlights of Spa Italia include the 'Concours d'Elegance' which always attracts historic masterpieces and that drivers can take their own cars out onto the challenging race track.

Autodelta firmly believes that only the most demanding of tests are good enough if the London based firm wants to retain its position as the leading global aftermarket Alfa Romeo design and tuning house, and as such our development programme for the new breed of J-series cars has seen the cars tested to the limit on leading European race tracks, including the Nürburgring, Silverstone, Donington Park and of course Spa-Francorchamps. The long time home of the Belgium's Formula 1 Grand prix, the historic Spa-Francorchamps track, recently refurbished with a brand new pitlane complex, is a superb test of any car with sporty pretensions; and so we are delighted to show the full production version of the Autodelta 159 J4 2.2 C on the track for the first time.

Alfa Romeo 159

Autodelta will have further models from its bespoke range in action over the two day Spa Italia event (28/29 June) including the Autodelta GT 3.7 Super Evo and two examples of the Autodelta 147 3.7 GTA AM Super. Autodelta's Managing Director Mr Jano Djelalian and the team will be on hand to introduce the new car and explain our products and services in general.