The automatic box allows drivers to choose between manual and full auto modes and also pick between ‘Sport’ and ‘Winter’ modes. When the Sport button is pressed, the ECU sets a higher rpm gearchange – with longer sequences between gearshifts – for a sportier and engaging drive. In Winter mode, maximum grip is guaranteed to cope with snow or icy road conditions by reducing the level of torque at lower rpms.
The new 2.4L JTDM engine gets an extra 10hp over the current version, bringing total output to 210hp and 400Nm of torque at a low 1,500rpm. This sees the Alfa 159 2.4 JTDM saloon accelerate from rest to 60mph in just 8.4 seconds (8.6 seconds for the Sportwagon) before reaching a new top speed of 140mph for the saloon and 139mph for the Sportwagon.
The additional power boost helps launch the Alfa Brera from a standstill to 60mph in 7.9 seconds and takes it to a new top speed of 143mph.