The compact limo presented in Geneva in 1992, inherited the model 75, and it represents a sacrilege in the eyes of the fans, because it had left the rear drive. It was an unforgivable fact for the 155 model, and an additional shock was the sharing of the Type Three platform with Fiat Tempra and Lancia Dedro.
Though the angle design, it was quite aerodynamic. Even for today’s terms, the air resistance coefficient of 0.29 is a good result. The functional interior has followed the trends of the time quite well, and the 254 cm wheelbase offered a solid spaciousness. The biggest advantage was a 525-liter trunk.
But no one buys Alfa for the trunk or the knee area in the back. What’s important is the feeling during the ride, what it looks like and how it sounds, and according to these criteria the Alfa Romeo 155 proved to be worthy. Particularly interesting was the Q4 version with a 2-liter turbocharger and a constant drive on all wheels, borrowed from the Lancia Delta HF Integrale ‘the queen of the rally’. The gasoline range includes 1.7 to 2.5 liters, power 115 to 190 hp, and diesel 2.0 with 90 and 2.5 with 125 hp.
The Alfa Romeo 155 has achieved exceptional success in the DTM. The drive was powered by a 2.5 V6 engine that fired 490 bhp at 11.500 rpm, and the drive was constant 4 × 4. Alessandro Nannini and Nicola Larini have reached 11 wins in the season of 1993, and the same success was repeated next year.
The production ceased in 1998 with the introduction of the Alfa Romeo 156, which is the opposite. The embossed design is replaced by lined lines and many consider it to be the most beautiful Alf in recent history. We’ll talk about her further in another occasion.