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2008-05-21 08:53
Alfa Romeo in the UK wanted to create a true driver's car and with the help of motorsport specialist Prodrive has churned out a limited edition Brera S. Only 500 units will be made available.

A year after Prodrive was called in to tweak the sports coupes suspension and chassis, the Brera S is pronounced as offering better driver feedback and handling than the standard car.

Briefed to make the Brera S less of a long-distance tourer and more of a sports car, Prodrive developed a new suspension set-up with revised spring rates (increased by over 50%).

The cars have also been lowered by 10 mm, reducing the centre of gravity, while also giving the cars a more purposeful stance.

Dampers have been tuned to achieve sharper handling, better control and greater steering response for the more enthusiastic driver.

The sports car driving experience is achieved by reducing body roll and flattening the cornering attitude, helped by bespoke Eibach coil springs and Bilstein dampers.

A lightweight

8C Competizione-inspired lightweight 19-inch alloys and Pirelli PZero Nero tyres have been fitted, although this is for more than just cosmetic appeal since they also aid in reducing the car's overall weight.

This is further reduced by the adoption of hollow anti-roll bars and aluminium suspension components, and as a result, both are lighter than the standard models.

The front-wheel drive 3.2 V6 is almost 100 kg lighter than the Q4 version, and the 2.2 weighs about 35 kg less.

The 2.2 JTS and 3.2 V6 JTS Alfa Brera S can reach 100 km/h from a standing start in 8.6 and 7.0 seconds respectively. They have claimed top speeds of 224 and 250 km/h.

According to the manufacturer, the Brera S also sounds different from the standard range. The V6's rumble has been enhanced with redesigned rear silencers and a Holmholtz resonator gives the 2.2 a more refined burble.

Chrome tipped tailpipes have also been altered to mirror the shape of the rear tail lights.

Changes inside the cabin are more obvious, with the sports seats in soft black leather, dashboard, steering wheel, door panels and gearlever all finished in accentuating red stitching.

To complement the drilled aluminium foot pedals, an aluminium limited edition Brera S plate is mounted in the headrest recess.

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