|Alfa Romeo Brera|
|Body Style|| 2-door, 2+2 seat Hatchback|
2-door, 2-seat Spider
|Designer|| Giorgetto Giugiaro (Coupe)|
Pininfarina and Alfa Romeo Centro Stile (Spider)
The Alfa Romeo Brera was introduced in production form at the 2005 Geneva Motor Show. It maintained the original's exterior appearance almost exactly but on a much smaller scale, becoming a mid-size coupe on the GM/Fiat Premium platform (shared with the Alfa Romeo 159), and designed to replace the outgoing GTV. A convertible Spider version of the Brera was also announced, to be launched shortly after the coupe and to replace the existing GTV-based Spider.
In Europe, the Brera is available with two petrol engines, the 185 PS (136 kW; 182 hp) 2.2-litre JTS and 260 PS (190 kW; 260 hp) 3.2-litre V6; and a 210 PS (150 kW; 210 hp) 2.4-litre JTD turbodiesel. Cars with the diesel or 2.2 petrol are front-wheel drive, whilst the V6 comes with a Torsen four-wheel drive system similar to the 156 and 159's Q4.
For the "model year" 2008 Alfa Romeo Brera/Spider changes were made to the mechanics and the interiors of the cars. The 3.2 litre V6 version will now be offered in front wheel drive, as well as a four wheel drive version, allowing for a top speed of 250 kilometres per hour (160 mph). All model variants will be fitted with electronic Q2 limited slip differential. By using more aluminium parts a weight reduction of several kilos is achieved. These new versions were introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in 2008.
For "model year" 2009 Alfa Romeo is introducing a new turbocharged petrol engine badged as "TBi", this 1742 cc unit has direct injection and variable valve timing in both inlet and exhaust cams. This new engine has 200 PS (147 kW; 197 hp) and 320 N·m (240 lb·ft) of torque.
- On December 8, 2009, Alfa Romeo announced a 900 unit limited edition version of the Brera called the Italia Independent, in collaboration with the fashion house of the same name. Available for sale in Europe, Japan and Australia, it builds on the 185HP 2.2-liter JTS four-pot and the 260HP 3.2-liter JTS V6 by adding special exterior and interior touches including a Titanium opaque paintwork with matching 18-inch alloy wheels in a turbine pattern, red colored brake callipers, a unique machined aluminum fuel cap, carbon fiber interior trim against black leather upholstery with contrasting red seams and brushed aluminium "Italia Independent" logos, pedals and foot rest. It is already available in Germany with prices starting from €29,700 for the Inline-4 JTS and from €38,850 for the V6 JTS. 
- At the 2008 Paris Motor Show, Alfa Romeo gave the Brera the Turismo Internazionale (TI) treatment.
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The Brera was introduced in production form at the 2005 Geneva Motor Show. It maintained the original's exterior appearance almost exactly but on a much smaller scale, becoming a mid-size coupe on the GM/Fiat Premium platform (shared with the Alfa Romeo 159 and Alfa Romeo Kamal), and designed to replace the outgoing GTV. A convertible Spider version of the Brera was also announced, launched shortly after the coupe and to replace the existing GTV-based Spider.
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In Europe, the Brera is available with two petrol engines, the 185 PS 2.2-litre JTS and 260 PS 3.2-litre V6; and a 200 PS 2.4-litre JTD turbodiesel. Cars with the diesel or 2.2 petrol will be front-wheel drive, whilst the V6 will come with a four-wheel drive system similar to the 156's Q4. In North America the range is expected to start with the 3.2-litre V6, priced around US$ 35,000, and a V8 based on Ferrari/Maserati V8 unit may also be introduced.
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The Brera originally appeared as a concept car at the 2002 Geneva Motor Show. It was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro at Italdesign Giugiaro. The Brera was widely acclaimed, and production plans were subsequently announced for 2005.
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- "V6's huge price prenium; not as well-balanced as longer wheelbase 159; cramped rear seats." - Wheels Magazine
- "The Brera isn't very fast. In fact, it's very slow. Slower than the dog with no legs." - Top Gear
- The Brera is on the list of one of the worst cars in Autocar magazine,as it is too slow to be categorized as a sportscar.
- "Heavier than Brera and duller dynamically; not as pretty with roof up." - Wheels Magazine
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- Before it was released, the Alfa Brera concept car was voted "Best of Show" by Autoweek magazine at the Geneva Motor Show, "Best of Show" in the prototype category at the Villa d’Este Concorso D’Eleganze, it picked up two prizes at Challenge Bibendum 2002, and "the Most Fascinating Car" award at the Super Car Rally 2002 form Paris to Monte Carlo.
- Brera was elected to European Car of the Year 2007 in Japan.
- British television show Top Gear called it "the sexiest car money can buy".
- It is featured as a car in the 2006 video game Need For Speed: Carbon.
- Professional Moto GP racer,Casey Stoner,was given a Brera by Alfa Romeo as a reward.
- The Alfa Romeo Brera has been awarded the Most Beautiful Car in the World ahead of the Peugeot 407 Coupe, the Chrysler 300C Touring and the Lexus IS250 in 2004.
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