Alfa Romeo 147
147 Series II
1 Jul 2005
By CHRIS HARRIS
Alfa Romeo’s facelifted 147 range continues with a 110kW/181Nm version of Alfa’s twin-sparkplug 2.0-litre inline four-cylinder, leaving a number of cosmetic updates to differentiate the new changes.
Revised front and rear bumpers, a larger, repositioned Alfa Romeo shield and new front and rear light create a new look, while 17-inch alloy wheels are standard.
Inside, there is a redesigned instrument binnacle housing new instrument graphics that claim to offer improved clarity and style. Softer-touch materials cover the dash, there’s the choice of two-tone colour schemes and the seats are trimmed in a new "premium" cloth upholstery.
A subtle interior redesign has also liberated a 15 per cent increase on boot space.
Underneath all this, 147’s suspension has been tweaked via longer-travel shock absorbers with Teflon-coated shafts, new (longer-travel) springs and revised rebound damping rates.
Alfa claims a new hollow anti-roll bar saves 1.7kg and improves resistance to bodyroll.
All 147s continue to offer, as standard, power windows/mirrors, an eight-speaker digital radio/CD player with steering wheel controls, cruise control, automatic dual-zone climate control and power door locks.
The same comprehensive safety kit continues, including six airbags, ABS, ASR traction control, VDC stability control and electronic brake-force distribution.
From January 2006 a six-speed manual common-rail 1.9-litre 147 JTD joined the range, developing 110kW at 4000rpm and 305Nm from 2000rpm, the JTD has 5Nm more torque than the 3.2-litre 147 GTA.
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