Outside, the Alfa Romeo 159 is a joy to the eye. The design of the car was made by Alfa Romeo Styling Center, but Giorgetto Giugiaro brought his very own touches to the way the car looks. Alfa Romeo 156 on the other hand was designed by Walter de'Silva, whose words are somehow explaining the success registered by the car. "Perfectly balanced," he said after the model was brought to life. The facelifted version however was designed by Giugiaro, hence the similarities between the late 156 and Alfa 159.
The front side is dominated by the large V-shaped grille which, according to Alfa Romeo's marketing department, "underlines the presence of a generous engine". Each headlight is divided into three different circular light clusters, while the fog beams are placed at the bottom of the front bumper. Moving around the car brings the 17-inch alloy wheels in the spotlights alongside the body-colored side mirrors which seem to fit the design perfectly.
The rear side looks like the optimal combination of simple lines with elegant details. The rear taillights follow the same design cues of the headlights, each of them consisting of three rounded clusters that create a nice visual effect especially during the night.
As compared to the car it replaces, the 2005 Alfa 159 is a bit larger. The car measures 183.4x71.9x55.7 inches / 4660x1828x1417 mm (LxWxH), while the 156 was slightly smaller - 174.6x68.6x56.3 inches / 4435x1742x1430mm. The 159 has a wheelbase of 106.2 inches (2700mm), bigger than its predecessor's - 102.2 inches (2596mm).
Overall, Alfa Romeo used chrome or metallic details here and there, increasing both the sportiness and the elegant lines of the car. For example, the front end uses chrome stripes on the grille and near the headlights, especially for a meaner look, while the side profile is further enhanced with what seem to be alloy door handles.Continue reading
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I remember the first time I jumped into an Italian car, it was that non-furry thing called... ahem... Panda. And until now, I've always believed that Italy is all about pizza and spaghetti, but it seems that I was wrong.
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