Car reviews - Alfa Romeo - 147 - 5-dr hatch
Alfa Romeo models
30 Oct 2001
THE 147 suspension hardware is lifted straight from the 156 sedan. It is an interesting set-up with double wishbone (or "A-arm") geometry for the front suspension and, at the rear, a MacPherson strut system incorporating links of different length. The rear configuration is based on a telescopic vertical strut with a coaxial spring, two long transverse links and a longitudinal strut. The telescopic strut incorporates a pressurised dual-rate damper with an offset spring to minimise friction. Meanwhile, the double wishbone front suspension consists of a cast-iron lower link, a steel upright and a light aluminium link, with the coaxial spring-damper assembly connected to the bodyshell via a flexible bushing and to the lower arm via a light alloy fork. Anti-rollbars are used front and rear.
Did you know?The front suspension development was a joint effort by the Fiat Research Centre and Alfa Romeo's Design Engineering and Experimental Unit
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