Published on 14 Dec 2010 by Alison
The new Alfa Romeo 166 replacement is apparently being developed, that could utilise the LX rear-wheel drive platform of the Chrysler 300C and Dodge Charger. The rumour and the accompanying rendering of the 166 come from Auto, Motor und Sport, who go on to say that many of the components of the 166 replacement would be borrowed from the Charger. It’s apparently not to be considered a simple rebadging though, which is what the new Lancia Thesis, completely derived from the 300C, will be instead.
The new Alfa 166 would be a four-door coupé model, and hence we could see the first Alfa sedan-coupé emerge. It would be considered the first real Italian competitor to the German sedan models on the market, and would look to knock a model like the Jaguar XF off its perch. Additionally, and perhaps most interestingly, the 166 replacement could be equipped with the new 3.0-litre V8 TB Multiair engine with more than 400 hp. It’s destined for the US market, but if Alfa is to compete with the German models, it will need something powerful under the bonnet to do so. The car could take on the historic ‘Alfetta’ badge but we’ll hold off on other speculations at the moment.