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Known as the Milano in North America or the 75 in Europe.

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Heres some pics of the touring car racer :

and whats it claim to fame ??
QUOTE(dukenukem @ Aug 11 2004, 05:56 PM)
and whats it claim to fame ??

Refer to road test article :

Now Alfa has added a new model to the Milano line, one that has not only more power and a more aggressive personality, but that also resurrects the good-luck symbol of 1923. Called the Verde, and proudly stamped with a green four-leaf clover, it sports a new 3.O-liter engine that really brings the Milano to life and creates a potent challenger in the sport sedan market at a very attractive price.

In fact, the numbers show that our Verde test car has performance potential on a par with that of the Porsche 944: O to 6O mph in 7.8 seconds, a top end of 136 and surprising economy: 21.9 city and 35 highway. We know, though, that numbers are only one part of the performance story.

Let us put it to you very simply: We kept the Milano 3.O Verde for nearly twice the test period agreed on. Why? Because the car is a blast to drive. It's rare for a genuine 4-passenger car to have the verve and spirit of a sporting machine, but the Verde manages the trick with vivacious rear-drive handling, smooth V-6 acceleration and an ergo nominally sound interior.

The new 3.O-liter alloy V-6, also fitted to the 164, has excellent throttle response and pulls con brio through all five gears. Enlarged from the previous 2.5, the new V-6 turns the Verde into a first-rate sports sedan with its 183-hp potential. The factory-installed Recaro bucket seats for driver and passenger augment the Verde's sporting intent. These German competition-style buckets offer superb lateral support so the driver can concentrate on making the car work, yet, their orthopedic contours make them very comfortable over long distances.

Alfa's racing heritage shows where it counts most--under the hood. Twist the key in this Milano and you're greeted with a healthy, resonant exhaust note. Tap the slender gas pedal and the motor snarls up to its 65OO-rpm redline like an angry puma.

To get away smoothly, the Verde demands a light and precise touch from the driver, but it will reward that light touch with nimble and exact handling. There is a bit of understeer through hard corners, and some dramatic body roll at the front end, but even so, the Milano will track through a well-steered corner with stability and ease. Its balance is nearly ideal, due to the front engine/rear transaxle division made familiar by the Porsche 944 setup. This helps keep the Verde from being front-heavy and protects the driver from unhappy surprises. It turns in very nicely, and once the body roll becomes an expected part of the car's behavior, the handling is delightfully predictable.

A combination of twin "A" arms in front and a beefy DeDion rear axle located by two control arms gives the Milano Verde a ride that, though not harsh, has a taut, sporty feel. Suspension, front and rear, is supple and smooth, although it seems to react rather slowly during quick transitions, particularly on rough surfaces. This is more the result of long suspension travel than any lack of strength in the platform. That travel, though, contributes to an extremely adaptable system, which remains undaunted by potholes and railroad crossings other race-bred elements include the aluminum 5-speed transaxle and inboard rear brake discs to match the Milano's standard front discs. In this position the big rear discs receive a better flow of cooling air and are much easier to service.

Steering is a specialty in this flying four-door The car has a quick steering ratio and razor-sharp rack-and-pinion. The turning circle is large for a car of this wheelbase, but the car's long stride also gives it excellent stability all the way to the top end of its 135-mph potential. The thick, leather-covered wheel uses a tilt/telescope adjustment, which was comfortable for this driver, but even so the angle of the wheel is different from most others and is at first somewhat strange.

It took us a few days to relax with an unusual placement of gas, brake and clutch pedals, but once we did, and learned to heel-and-toe successfully, the Alfa took on an even more aggressive character. The brakes, with ATE anti-skid built in, were very well matched to the size and power of the Verde--a treat for the drivers (like us) who like fast driving but don't like using other cars, bridges and brick walls to slow down.

Generally, all controls in our test car responded beautifully to driver inputs only the shifter was a little balky, and this was as much our fault as the car's. When we learned to go gently, the gearbox thanked us by providing seamless shifts, even under considerable power.

Visually, the Milano is, well, a little bizarre. It has a strong wedge shape, accented by the slanting hood line and the up-kick from the back door to the rear bumper. The trunk is very tall and has a high lift over point, but offers storage for this size of vehicle. In the Verde model, a tasty and understated rear spoiler replaces the black bumper strip of the other Milanos. It's a tremendous improvement and almost makes the unconventional rear end treatment work. In any case, the Verde, with its deep front air dam and fender flares, is a more attractive and complete presentation than the previous Milano models.

Inside, the Verde is all business, with a higher level of comfort than might be expected from its sporty character. Its dashboard is special to this model and uses excellent, traditional round needle gauges with white pointers and orange numbers on a black background. Day or night, the dials are striking and very easy to read. Instrumentation also includes gauges for oil pressure, water temp, gas and voltage. A warning system with beeper and orange flashing light sits at the top of the center console, which alerts the driver to any major problems while monitoring oil level and brake pad wear.

Switches for the front power windows are located above the windshield in a top console, along with the sunroof control and a child safety lock out to disable the rear power windows. The least satisfying aspect of the interior is the location of the radio, which is placed down low behind the shifter. To borrow a phrase, its location is akin to strapping your wristwatch to your ankle before going out in the morning. Nor does it deliver high-quality sound. It's simply too thin to overcome the engine's healthy song.
its rather ugly
Oh common, boxy cars rule. Nice one again. cool.gif and its RWD... what else would you want?
sick.gif never really liked alfas.
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