Specification

   
  • Manufacturer Alfa Romeo
  • Production 1979–1986
  • Also Called Alfa Sei
  • Assembly Arese, Milan, Italy
  • Body style(s) Sedan
  • Successor Alfa Romeo 164
  • Engine(s) Petrol:
    2.0 L V6
    2.5 L V6
    Diesel:
    2.5 L straight-5
  • Transmission(s) 5-speed manual
    3-speed ZF automatic
  • Height 1420 mm (55.9 in)
  • Length 4760 mm (187.4 in)
  • Width 1680 mm (66.1 in)
  • Kerb Weight 1480 kg (3262 lb) (petrol)
    1580 kg (3483 lb) (turbodiesel)
  • Layout FR layout
  • Predecessor Alfa Romeo 2600
  • Related Alfa Romeo Alfetta

The history of the Alfa Romeo 6

   

The Alfa Romeo Alfa 6 is an executive car produced by the Italian automaker Alfa Romeo from 1979 to 1986.
On its launch in 1979, the Alfa 6 was the flagship of the Alfa Romeo range. The four-door body was fairly conventional and used a similar style to the existing Alfa Romeo Alfetta, and in fact both vehicles share a great number of parts, including door panels. Design work on the 6 was done prior to the Alfa Romeo Alfetta, but the fuel crisis of 1973 delayed further development and led to the 6's belated 1979 debut. The styling was not particularly aerodynamic but the drag coefficient was a somewhat respectable 0.41. Power came from an all-new 2.5 V6 engine which generated 158 PS (116 kW; 156 hp) at 5600 rpm using a total of six carburettors (that frequently went out of balance) and a single, belt driven camshaft in each cylinder head. Power steering, power windows, central locking, electric wing mirrors and a 25% limited slip differential were standard, making the Alfa 6 competitively priced compared to similar saloons of that time where such equipment typically was a costly extra. The car was also designed to set new standards in safety; for example it featured a shock sensor in the boot which would cut off the fuel supply in the event of a crash.
In 1983 the car was revamped, with single square headlights replacing the twin round units, new bumpers, a new grille and new trim around the rear lights. Minor interior changes were also carried out, whilst mechanically the engine's troublesome six carburettors were replaced by Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection, with the power remaining at 158 PS (116 kW; 156 hp). This revamp also saw the introduction of two new engines, a 2.0 version of the existing V6 engine (which retained the carburettors) and a 2.5 litre VM 5 cylinder turbodiesel.

Type 1950s 1960s 1970s
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Supermini   Dauphine*     Alfasud
Compact executive car   Giulietta (750/101)    
    Giulia Giulietta (116)
    1750 Alfetta
Executive car 1900 2000 2600     2000   Alfa 6
Cabriolet 1900 2000 2600    
Coupé   Giulietta     Sprint
    Giulia Alfetta GT/GTV and GTV6
1900 2000 2600    
Roadster     Spider
    Gran Sport Quattroruote    
Sports car …6C 2500     Montreal  
    33 Stradale  
Off-road   Matta      
Racing car     TZ/GTA  
…158/159     Tipo 33   177
*Dauphine was produced under Renault license
Type 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1
Supermini …Alfasud       MiTo
Small
family car
  33 145 / 146 147 149
  Arna        
Compact
executive car
…Alfetta 75 / Milano 155 156 159
…Nuova Giulietta        
Executive
car
…Alfa 6   164 166     169
  90        
Coupé …Sprint       GT
…Alfetta GT/GTV and GTV6     GTV (916) Brera
Cabriolet     Spider (916) Spider (939)
Sports car   SZ RZ     8C Competizione
Roadster …Spider      
Racing car 179 / 182 / 183T / 184T / 185T     155 V6 TI      

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