Alfa models get “famous” TI designation

Saloon and Sportwagon versions of the Alfa Romeo 159 are to receive a TI badge – standing for Turismo Internazionale – a designation the manufacturer claims only a small number of its models have ever carried.

The Alfa 159 TI range will be enhanced with a unique body kit, lowered sports suspension, 19-inch alloy wheels, red brake callipers and chrome effect door mirrors and exhaust.

A number of changes have also been made inside the car, with the introduction of a leather-clad sports steering wheel and gearknob, kick plates and new trim inserts.

Drivers will also be able to take advantage of electronically adjustable heated leather seats, aluminium sports pedals and new sports dials.

Two petrol engines are on offer in the TI range – a 2.2-litre and 3.2-litre V6 – along with a 2.4-litre diesel unit.

The larger petrol powerplant comes with Alfa Romeo’s Q4 four-wheel drive system as standard and this can also be specified on the diesel version.

Three body colours will be available – Alfa red, Stromboli grey and Carbonio black – a limited choice which the automaker claims will keep the 159 TI models "distinctive and exclusive".

Prices for these extra specifications are described as "suitably attractive", at £750 more than Alfa’s top spec Lusso models.

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