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ALFA ROMEO 156 2003-2005

Segment: Medium
Production years: 2003, 2004, 2005

Even if it was hard to re-design a beautiful car, Alfa Romeo had to refresh the 156 lineup, and it did it in two steps.

Usually, when a carmaker refreshes a vehicle, it works on several areas, and then it left them changed until the production ends or a new facelift occurs. The Italian carmaker chose a different path. It upgraded the interior in 2002, with minimal tweaks on the outside, and then it changed the exterior. That's why the 2003 model might be considered the real facelifted version of the 156 range.

The front part of a car was the one that defined it the most, and the Italian designers knew that. That's why they completely changed the headlights, making them narrower and broader under the slightly extended hood. Giorgetto Giugiaro was the one responsible for that change, and it did a great job, as always. The big Alfa Romeo shield was taller, intruding into the bumper to the lower area. In the back, Giugiaro re-designed the taillights and changed their shapes.

Inside, the car carried over the 2002 upgraded interior with the same aluminum center stack adorned by three gauges on its top side. The binocular-styled instrument cluster featured two white dials for the speedometer and tachometer, with the red needles pointing at 6-o-clock when in resting position. The front seats featured high-bolstering areas that hugged their occupants, while the rear-seat room was just adequate, but not large, for two passengers.

Under the hood, Alfa Romeo brought a range of four gasoline and three turbo-diesel engines paired as standard to five or six-speed manual transmission, depending on the version. An automated (named Selespeed) gearbox was on the options list. For the suspension, Alfa Romeo kept the same double-wishbone system at the front, with McPherson struts in the rear.

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ALFA ROMEO 156 2003, 2004, 2005
  5 gasoline engines
  • 1.6L TS 5MT (120 HP)
  • 1.8L TS 5MT (140 HP)
  • 2.0L JTS 5AT (165 HP)
  • 2.0L JTS 5MT (165 HP)
  • 2.5L V6 6MT (192 HP)
  3 diesel engines
  • 1.9L JTD 16V 6MT (140 HP)
  • 1.9L JTD 5MT (115 HP)
  • 2.4L JTD 6MT (175 HP)
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ALFA ROMEO 156 Brochure

ALFA ROMEO 156 1.6L TS 5MT (120 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.6L TS 5MT (120 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1598 cm3
Power
88 KW @ 6200 RPM
120 HP @ 6200 RPM
118 BHP @ 6200 RPM
Torque
108 lb-ft @ 4200 RPM
146 Nm @ 4200 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
16.6 gallons (62.8 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
124.3 mph (200 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/65 R 15
DIMENSIONS
Length
174.6 in (4435 mm)
Width
68.6 in (1742 mm)
Height
56.3 in (1430 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.8/59.3 in (1,519/1,506 mm)
Wheelbase
102.2 in (2596 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.5 in (140 mm)
Cargo Volume
13.3 cuFT (377 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.31
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2789.3 lbs (1265 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3935.2 lbs (1785 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
20.6 mpg US (11.4 L/100Km)
Highway
36.8 mpg US (6.4 L/100Km)
Combined
28.7 mpg US (8.2 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
195 g/km

ALFA ROMEO 156 1.8L TS 5MT (140 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.8L TS 5MT (140 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1747 cm3
Power
103 KW @ 6500 RPM
140 HP @ 6500 RPM
138 BHP @ 6500 RPM
Torque
120 lb-ft @ 3900 RPM
163 Nm @ 3900 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
16.6 gallons (62.8 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
129.3 mph (208 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
9.4 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/65 15
DIMENSIONS
Length
174.6 in (4435 mm)
Width
68.6 in (1742 mm)
Height
56.3 in (1430 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.8/59.3 in (1,519/1,506 mm)
Wheelbase
102.2 in (2596 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.5 in (140 mm)
Cargo Volume
13.3 cuFT (377 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.31
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2789.3 lbs (1265 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3935.2 lbs (1785 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
19.4 mpg US (12.1 L/100Km)
Highway
36.8 mpg US (6.4 L/100Km)
Combined
27.7 mpg US (8.5 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
202 g/km

ALFA ROMEO 156 2.0L JTS 5AT (165 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0L JTS 5AT (165 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1970 cm3
Power
122 KW @ 6400 RPM
166 HP @ 6400 RPM
164 BHP @ 6400 RPM
Torque
152 lb-ft @ 3250 RPM
206 Nm @ 3250 RPM
Fuel System
Direct Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
16.6 gallons (62.8 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
137 mph (220 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
8.2 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed automatic (Selespeed)
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/60 VR 15
DIMENSIONS
Length
174.6 in (4435 mm)
Width
68.6 in (1742 mm)
Height
56.3 in (1430 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.8/59.3 in (1,519/1,506 mm)
Wheelbase
102.2 in (2596 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.5 in (140 mm)
Cargo Volume
13.3 cuFT (377 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.31
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2833 lbs (1285 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3979 lbs (1805 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
19.3 mpg US (12.2 L/100Km)
Highway
35.6 mpg US (6.6 L/100Km)
Combined
27.4 mpg US (8.6 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
205 g/km

ALFA ROMEO 156 2.0L JTS 5MT (165 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0L JTS 5MT (165 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1970 cm3
Power
122 KW @ 6400 RPM
166 HP @ 6400 RPM
164 BHP @ 6400 RPM
Torque
152 lb-ft @ 3250 RPM
206 Nm @ 3250 RPM
Fuel System
Direct Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
16.6 gallons (62.8 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
137 mph (220 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
8.2 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/60 VR 15
DIMENSIONS
Length
174.6 in (4435 mm)
Width
68.6 in (1742 mm)
Height
56.3 in (1430 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.8/59.3 in (1,519/1,506 mm)
Wheelbase
102.2 in (2596 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.5 in (140 mm)
Cargo Volume
13.3 cuFT (377 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.31
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2833.4 lbs (1285 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3979.3 lbs (1805 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
19.3 mpg US (12.2 L/100Km)
Highway
35.6 mpg US (6.6 L/100Km)
Combined
27.4 mpg US (8.6 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
205 g/km

ALFA ROMEO 156 2.5L V6 6MT (192 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.5L V6 6MT (192 HP)
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
2492 cm3
Power
141 KW @ 6300 RPM
192 HP @ 6300 RPM
189 BHP @ 6300 RPM
Torque
161 lb-ft @ 5000 RPM
218 Nm @ 5000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
16.6 gallons (62.8 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
142.9 mph (230 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
7.3 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/55 R16
DIMENSIONS
Length
174.6 in (4435 mm)
Width
68.6 in (1742 mm)
Height
56.3 in (1430 mm)
Front/rear Track
56.3/59.5 in (1,430/1,511 mm)
Wheelbase
102.2 in (2596 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.5 in (140 mm)
Cargo Volume
13.3 cuFT (377 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.31
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3098 lbs (1405 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4089.5 lbs (1855 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
13.4 mpg US (17.6 L/100Km)
Highway
27.7 mpg US (8.5 L/100Km)
Combined
19.9 mpg US (11.8 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
282 g/km

ALFA ROMEO 156 1.9L JTD 16V 6MT (140 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.9L JTD 16V 6MT (140 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1910 cm3
Power
103 KW @ 4000 RPM
140 HP @ 4000 RPM
138 BHP @ 4000 RPM
Torque
225 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM
305 Nm @ 2000 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Common Rail
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
16.6 gallons (62.8 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
130 mph (209 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
9.3 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/65 HR15
DIMENSIONS
Length
174.6 in (4435 mm)
Width
68.6 in (1742 mm)
Height
56.3 in (1430 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.8/59.3 in (1,519/1,506 mm)
Wheelbase
102.2 in (2596 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.5 in (140 mm)
Cargo Volume
13.3 cuFT (377 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.31
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2877.5 lbs (1305 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3979.3 lbs (1805 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
29.4 mpg US (8 L/100Km)
Highway
50 mpg US (4.7 L/100Km)
Combined
39.9 mpg US (5.9 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
157 g/km

ALFA ROMEO 156 1.9L JTD 5MT (115 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.9L JTD 5MT (115 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1910 cm3
Power
85 KW @ 4000 RPM
116 HP @ 4000 RPM
114 BHP @ 4000 RPM
Torque
203 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM
275 Nm @ 2000 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Common Rail
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
16.6 gallons (62.8 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
119 mph (192 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10.3 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/65 15
DIMENSIONS
Length
174.6 in (4435 mm)
Width
68.6 in (1742 mm)
Height
56.3 in (1430 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.8/59.3 in (1,519/1,506 mm)
Wheelbase
102.2 in (2596 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.5 in (140 mm)
Cargo Volume
13.3 cuFT (377 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.31
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2877.5 lbs (1305 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3979.3 lbs (1805 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
30.2 mpg US (7.8 L/100Km)
Highway
50 mpg US (4.7 L/100Km)
Combined
40.6 mpg US (5.8 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
155 g/km

ALFA ROMEO 156 2.4L JTD 6MT (175 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.4L JTD 6MT (175 HP)
Cylinders
L5
Displacement
2387 cm3
Power
129 KW @ 4000 RPM
175 HP @ 4000 RPM
173 BHP @ 4000 RPM
Torque
284 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM
385 Nm @ 2000 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Common Rail
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
16.6 gallons (62.8 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
140 mph (225 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
8.3 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/65 R 15
DIMENSIONS
Length
174.6 in (4435 mm)
Width
68.6 in (1742 mm)
Height
56.3 in (1430 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.5/59 in (1,511/1,499 mm)
Wheelbase
102.2 in (2596 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.5 in (140 mm)
Cargo Volume
13.3 cuFT (377 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.31
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3053.9 lbs (1385 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4155.7 lbs (1885 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
26.7 mpg US (8.8 L/100Km)
Highway
44.4 mpg US (5.3 L/100Km)
Combined
35.6 mpg US (6.6 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
175 g/km
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