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Alfa Romeo, Plans for the Future

I have news that will make the world sing! Or at least make Alfisti everywhere sing. Alfa Romeo, a brand with an impressive racing pedigree, is hard at work developing two new rear-drive cars to tackle the default German manufacturers.

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First up is the long awaited, Mazda MX-5 based Spider. This has been confirmed by insiders that it will make use of a rear-drive platform. Probably Alfa’s most iconic car, the Spider is something that many would love to own. Open top, manual gearbox, rear-wheel drive, a great revving, frisky petrol engine and a chassis developed by Mazda boffins. What more could one ask for?

Next up is the car I have been looking forward to since the demise of the 166 in 2007. This car, known internally as the 6C, will make use of the Maserati Ghibli platform as a base. Insiders claim that the 6C will be a sportier alternative to the Ghibli, which presents a interesting problem. The Ghibli is a sportier saloon than the Quattroporte. Fine, but the 6C is a sportier version, of a sportier version of an already rather sporty car. Right. I will have to reserve judgement when I see the new car in the flesh.

The 6C will make use of of two six-cylinder engines (hence the name), a petrol V6 and a diesel V6, the latter being for those who looks at Sistine Chapel and think “This place definitely needs a new look. Lets paint the entire thing magnolia and add a few vending machines.”. Just no. If you buy an Alfa, you buy a petrol Alfa. One does not buy a Rembrandt painting, open up a tin of orange paint and chuck the whole tin on to the painting to make it look modern. If you want diesel, look elsewhere.

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The 6C will not use the same gearbox as the Maserati, but will make use of its own TCT gearbox. Insiders also claim that along with a four-door saloon 6C, there will also be a two-door coupe version to rival the BMW 6 Series. Oh I want that. I have no idea what that will look like but I just want it. I will sell many many organs just to own a 6C Coupe.

So there you have it. Hopefully by 2016, Alfa will have three rear-wheel drive cars in their line up. The world will surely be a better place after that. Personally, besides looking forward to seeing Alfa heading back to their sporting heritage, I look forward to seeing them back on the map, as a true alternative to BMW, Mercedes and Audi.

BMW’s New 3 Series

BMW’s latest generation 3 Series, has finally been revealed to the world.

This latest incarnation of BMW’s best selling car will be available in the first quarter of 2012, with two new engines included in the line up, a four cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, and a 109 g/km diesel engine.

The new car still maintains the same front engine rear drive layout, and has broadly the same engine line up as the current.However, do not think that this car is just a reskinned version of the current car, this car has been completely redeveloped from the ground up. There will be a 316d, 318d, 320d, a 320d EfficientDynamics, 325d, 330d and a 335d. The petrol line up will include the 320i, the 328i and the 335i. Later on a petrol-hybrid version will be available, where the 3.0l will be mated to an electric motor.

The new car is 4623mm long, a full 93mm longer than its predecessor, however despite the car being larger, BMW claim that this new car is 40kg lighter than before. The boot is big enough to store 480 litres of luggage, which is about average compared to its two main rivals, the Audi A4 and the Mercedes C-Class.

The design of the car is heavily influenced by the latest generation 5 and 7 Series, especially towards the rear. The dashboard incorporates certain characteristics from BMW’s other models like the freestanding screen, which was first seen on the latest generation 1 Series.

Although only the saloon version has been revealed at the moment, in future there will be other body styles available, including an estate version, a convertible, a coupe and a GT version. The coupe version, however, will not carry the 3 Series badge, but will be called the 4 Series.