This month we get behind the wheel of an Alfa Romeo 164 Cloverleaf, equipped with a throaty V6.
To celebrate, we thought we'd pull together a selection of our favourite Busso-engined cars for you to drool over...enjoy!
The Busso unit is one of the prettiest engines, and sounds as good as it looks.
Appearing in Issue 1 of Modern Classics, we tipped the Alfa Romeo 156 GTA for stardom.
Its torquey V6 sports 3.2 litres and you’ll be zinging towards the horizon with one of the best soundtracks in the business. It’s truly beautiful too, and practical to boot. We were right about the car’s star quality – mint, low-mileage examples are pushing £15,000 thanks to the car’s relative rarity.
Appearing in Issue 3 ofModern Classics, we pitched Alfa Romeo’s sports saloon, the 75 Cloverleaf against the mighty Mercedes-Benz 190E Cosworth.
The 75 isn’t what you’d call beautiful, but it’s fascinating to look at and utterly of its time. If you love brutalist styling along the lines of the Lancia Delta Integrale, Audi Quattro or Maserati Shamal, you’ll love the 75. It was also the last RWD Alfa saloon until the brand-new Giulia Cloverleaf.
In Issue 4 we got behind the wheel of one of the finest-looking coupes of the 1990s – the Alfa Romeo GTV V6.
With beautiful, mini-Ferrari styling and a great leather interior, this is a supercar for supermarket money. It’s not great for those over six foot, but if you can fit in it, you’re unlikely to want to get out. It’s also affordable – for now – with prices for decent cars starting at around £5000.
Issue 6 saw the ultimate big boy V6 hot hatchback grudge match, with the Alfa Romeo 147 GTA up against the Volkswagen Golf R32.
Though the VW offered crushing pace, it was the 147 GTA that won our hearts with its rev-tastic engine and innate ability to get the driver giggling manically. It’s also a car that’s shot up in value, in line with its big brother, the 156 GTA. Could you be tempted?
This 156 GTA is juicier than most.
It was a thrashed and neglected ex-Alfa Romeo UK press car, which once had Vicky Butler-Henderson behind the wheel, but specialist Autolusso nursed it back to life – and went much further. With the engine pushed to 3.8 litres and a Quaife sequential gearbox installed, this is a car that can take on a BMW M3 E46 – and win.
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