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Factfile: Alfa Romeo 75

Pete Accini

Model featured: 3.0i V6

The Alfa Romeo 75 (sold in North America as the Alfa Romeo Milano) was produced between 1985 and 1992. The 75 was introduced in May 1985 to replace the Giuletta and Alfetta (with which it shared many components), and was named to celebrate Alfa’s 75th year of production.

The body was styled in a striking wedge shape, tapering at the front with square headlights and a matching grille. The 75 featured some unusual technical features, most notably the fact that it was almost perfectly balanced from front to rear. This was achieved by mounting the standard 5-speed gearbox in the rear connected to the rear differential (RWD). The front suspension was a torsion bar and shock absorber combination and the rear an expensive de-dion assembly with shock absorbers; these designs were intended to optimize the car’s handling.

The engine crankshaft was bolted directly to the two-segment driveshaft which ran the length of the underside from the engine block to the gearbox, and rotated at the speed of the engine. The shaft segments were joined with elastomeric ‘doughnuts’ to prevent vibration and engine/gearbox damage.

The 75 engine range at launch featured 4-cylinder 1.6, 1.8 and 2.0 litre petrol carburetted engines, a 2.0 litre intercooled turbo diesel, and a 2.5 litre fuel injected V6. In 1987, a 3.0 liter V6 was added.

The interior featured what for its time was an advanced dashboard-mounted diagnostic computer, capable of monitoring the engine systems and alerting the drivers of potential faults.

At the Geneva car show in 1986 a prototype 75 Sports Wagon was to be seen, an attractive forerunner of the later 156 Sports Wagon. This version was, however, dumped after Fiat took control of Alfa Romeo.

Performance

  • power: 189bhp
  • top speed: 222km/h | 139mph
  • 0-100 kmh [0-60 mph]: [7.9 seconds]

Engine

  • capacity: 2959cc
  • cylinders: 6
  • configuration: V6

Other

  • production dates: 1985-1991
  • total produced: 187,300
  • variants: 12+ variants