The Alfa Romeo 147 (Type 937) is one of the Italian car manufacturer Alfa Romeo from 2000 to 2010. In 2001, produced the Alfa Romeo 147 was voted Car of the Year compact luxury car, in front of the Ford Mondeo and Toyota Prius. The Alfa Romeo 147 was launched at the 2000 Turin Motor Show as a replacement for the 145/146 hatchbacks to life and is based on the chassis of the larger 156 saloon.
It was at 1.6, 2.0, 3.2-liter gasoline engine and a 1.9-liter diesel engine available. A sequential paddle-operated “Selespeed” transmission was from the start. Two trim levels were available, Turismo and Lusso. The Alfa Romeo 147 was the first Alfa Romeo to dual-zone climate control and electronic traction control feature. The Alfa Romeo 147 was in production for 10 years and is one of the oldest small car on sale in Europe at the time of its replacement by the Alfa Romeo Giulietta end of May 2010 a total of 580,000 cars were produced.
Alfa Romeo 147 Design
The Alfa Romeo 147 was developed by Walter de Silva and Wolfgang Egger. The Alfa Romeo 147 was praised for its styling Start, later earned several design awards. The entire area 147 was redesigned in 2004, changed considerably with the exterior design, more reminiscent of the new 159 and Brera models and Alfa Romeo Visconti Concept Car, mainly for its aggressive look. The 147 achieved a drag coefficient (Cd) of 0.32.
Alfa Romeo 147 Development
The Alfa Romeo 147 was the end of 2004 a facelift, new grille, new headlamps, new rear lights and the interior has been updated on all models except the GTA version. A new more powerful diesel engine arrived and suspension has also been optimized. In 2006, the 147 1.9 JTD Q2 version was launched, featuring a front Torsen limited-slip differential. Alfa Romeo presents a new limited edition called 147 Ducati Corse at the 2007 Bologna Motor Show. JTD diesel engine and Q2, a front Torsen limited-slip differential, the car with 170 PS (168 hp 125 kW) equipped. The Alfa Romeo 147 was replaced by the new Giulietta in 2010.
The hot hatch Alfa Romeo 147 GTA model was launched in the year 2002. It GTA uses a 3.2 V6 engine that produces 250 hp (184 kW, 247 hp) and a maximum speed of 246 to km / h achieved (153 mph) , It has a widened body (15 mm on each side) to accommodate the 225 / 45R17 tires. Earlier models feature 6-speed transmission, newer models use Selespeed. A total of 5029 built Terms and Conditions. Based in London aftermarket tuner Autodelta has a “bored” version of GTA sports a 3.7-liter V6 produces and produces 328 hp (245 kW) and a split differential gear for the front wheels. Autodelta also has a Rotrex compressor version produces 400 hp (300 kW).
The handling of Alfa Romeo 147 was praised in some reviews, despite the criticism of the light (case sensitive) steering, which makes some drivers feel less involved. However, that does help when parking light steering. Other criticisms of the 147 included a complicated circuit, unsupportive seats and the lack of interior space compared to its competitors. The car was on its engine sound, the melodious unusual for a car of its class is known. The 147 suffers from rather poor resale value in the UK. The 147 GTA Autodelta 147 GTA and road tested by Jeremy Clarkson and featured on TV show Top Gear with a power lap of the track from The Stig
Alfa Romeo 147 Motorsport
In Europe, there was a one-car series, European Alfa Romeo 147 Challenge for Alfa 147 Cup cars from 2003. In 2005, this series was run together with World Touring Car Championship, winner of the 2005 season was Irish driver Eoin Murray. The car was used on the series, was Alfa 147 GTA Cup produces 220 hp (160 kW) from the straight-4 1970 cc Twin Spark engine.
The Alfa Romeo 147 2.0 TS (200 hp) is of Czech rally driver Martin Rada, the second in the N3 group (21 total) in the Monte Carlo Rally in 2009 and later finished first in Group 8 on 2012 Monte Carlo Rally (42 products). The Alfa Romeo 147 also competed briefly in the British Touring Car Championship in 2001 with the JSM team, with a best finish of third at Oulton Park thanks to driver / team owner Tim Harvey. The Alfa Romeo 147 won the 2003 and 2004 Italian Super Turismo championship.