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2007-06-28 10:38

Alfa is readying the 159 GTA (AUTOMEDIA)

Chunky alloy wheels and a revised front bumper will pick the Alfa Romeo 159 GTA out from lesser models.

Its larger grille improves air flow to keep the uprated engine and brakes cool, while wire mesh gives it a purposeful look.

At the back, changes include a revised rear bumper, which houses four tell-tale exhaust pipes.

They're likely to be fed off a tweaked version of the brand's 191 kW 3.2-litre V6 engine.

With more power on tap, the GTA should storm from 0 to 100 km/h in six seconds.

To avoid the unruly handling that characterised the previous 156 GTA, the hot sedan will boast Alfa's Q4 all-wheel-drive set up.

Alfa chief Antonio Baravalle said: "We don't need rear-wheel-drive to become a world-wide brand."

But he admitted that the door was open for the forthcoming 8C coupé to gain the sportier rear-drive set-up, as the firm plans its long-awaited US comeback in 2009.


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