There are two distinctive types of italian cars. Expensive, high performance, luxurious crown jewels of the automobile industry, such as Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati, and the cheap, compact, functional cars, such as most Fiat models. And then there's the Alfa Romeo Brera somewhere in between. The Brera was first presented at the 2002 Geneva Motor Show, and it was powered by a Maserati V8 engine, producing nearly 400 horsepower. The finalised street version, produced between 2005 and 2010, was a bit more civilised, without being your average Golf-class car. The most powerful version, the 3.2 JTS, still produced 260 horsepower, which, paired with the 4WD system already known from versions of the 156 and 159 model ranges, resulted in a 0-100 km/h time of about 7 seconds. A Spider version was also produced, and as of such, the only fitting description of the Brera is "wolf in a sheepcoat", the functionality and space of a hatchback and the sporty performance of a full-blood, italian sportscar.
Wrote by Morten Pedersen