The new Alfa Romeo Brera is to make its international public debut at the 2005 Geneva Motor Show in March, the same venue that was chosen for the first public appearance in 2002 of the original Giorgetto Giugiaro designed concept car, which went on to gain international acclaim.

Due to go on sale by year’s end, the new Alfa Romeo Brera encapsulates those characteristics most synonymous with the brand – sportiness and elegance – in a unique and exclusive style.

The Brera is a 2+2 of generous dimensions: 1830mm wide, 4414mm in length and 1372mm high, although the deeply tapered front and rear styling creates the impression of a very compact car. The interior has an ambience that is both intimate and sophisticated. This comes from the use of high quality materials and the introduction of some novel ideas such as the wide fixed glass roof that creates more natural interior light for passengers, adding to the sensation of spaciousness inside, while also giving the car a streamlined exterior appearance.

Available in three levels of trim, the Brera also offers customers a choice of a 2.4 JTD 200 bhp turbodiesel power unit, and two petrol engines (185 bhp 2.2 JTS or 260 bhp 3.2) coupled to either an automatic transmission or a 6-speed manual gearbox depending on the version.

The car is said to deliver outstanding dynamic performance thanks to the use of quadrilateral front suspension and Multilink rear suspension. There’s Alfa’s Q4 traction control system installed in some versions, while other electronic systems monitor and control key dynamic parameters of braking and roadholding to deliver greater driving safety.