Alfa Romeo 146 1.4 TS Review
The 5-door version of the Alfa Romeo 146, born six months after the 145th, was first equipped with an opposed 4-cylinder gasoline engine with a longitudinal layout, but soon it was replaced with a more advanced in-line 4-cylinder 16-valve capacity from 1.4. up to 2.0 liters. Model 146 with a 2-liter engine 150 hp it reached a speed of up to 212 km / h and could accelerate from a standstill to 100 km / h in 8.5 s.
Her sporty, well-holding suspension may seem somewhat harsh, but this is the price for the “male” image of the Alfa Romeo brand, whose expressive models are traditionally decorated with a V-shaped air intake label.
In January 1996, the launch of the top version of the Alfa Romeo 146 ti ("Tourismo Internazionale") with a forced 2.0-liter engine and advanced aerodynamics, 5-speed manual gearbox.
The upgraded version of the "146th" immediately became very popular in Europe, which did not slow down to affect sales. For example, in the UK in 1996 the implementation of Alfa Romeo increased by 100%. At about the same time, the 2.0-liter turbo diesel version appears.
In March 1997, the company releases new versions of the "145" and "146" small-sized models, equipped with 16-valve engines of 1.6 and 1.8 liters. These models also received a new transmission, improved interior and front ventilated discs. Since that time, the driver’s airbag has come standard on both cars.
Alfa Romeo 146 Ti in 4k
In May 1998, updated versions were released with engines from the Alfa-Romeo 156 1.8 and 2.0 TS 16v, a class higher than that of 114 and 155 hp. with variable intake path geometry.
External differences with earlier versions are as follows: new bumpers painted in body color, a new grille, now consisting not of two triangular grilles, but of six arc-shaped cuts of different sizes, a new pattern of rims, new plastic side skirts.
As before, the aggressive predatory "beak", topped with a company logo, attracts attention. The lines of the body became modern soft and smooth, stands out a high belt line with two stiffening ribs on the sides.
In model 146, Alfa Romeo embodied all the developments of RAT's own scientific research on suspension geometry in order to obtain good characteristics of the adhesion of wheels to the road surface and the excellent response of the controls to the driver's actions. Model 146 has built-in side impact protection beams in the doors, a driver’s airbag, a telescopic steering column crushed in the event of an accident, and other passive safety features.
In 2001, the hatchback series 146 was removed from production, it was replaced on the conveyor 5-door hatchback Alfa Romeo 147.