Only a small number of Alfa Romeos have carried its famous TI designation. Now it's the turn of the Alfa 159 saloon and Sportwagon. Short for Turismo Internazionale, the TI badge appears on several versions of the new model.
The range-enhancing Alfa 159 TI line-up benefits from a unique body kit, lowered sports suspension, 19-inch alloy wheels, red Brembo brake callipers all-round, plus chrome effect door mirrors and exhaust.
Inside these TI models, electrically-adjustable and heated leather front sports seats top the list of interior changes. They also come with new sports dials, aluminium sports pedals, kick plates and trim inserts. A leather-clad sports steering wheel and gear knob are included in the specification list.
There are three engines, two petrol units - a 2.2 JTS and 3.2 JTS V6 - and one diesel option, a 2.4 JTDM, plus a choice of manual or QTRONIC gearboxes. In addition, Alfa Romeo's Q4 4WD system, standard equipment on the 3.2 JTS V6, can be specified on the diesel version. And by offering only three body colours - Alfa Red, Stromboli Grey and Carbonio Black - Alfa Romeo is planning to keep the Alfa 159 TI models distinctive and exclusive.
Prices are attractive, with this extra equipment costing £750 more than the top-spec Lusso models.