1973 Alfa Romeo Montreal (Monte)
Last updated Feb 10, 2009
As you can see I went through an Alfa phase as well, owing the Montreal, a Guilietta and 159 at the same time. Still have the Guilietta and will add her to my stable shortly. The 159 is still, together with my E39, the most beautiful saloon cars of the modern era. Here is a bit of info about the Montreal, which I sadly do not own anymore:
The first production car, Tipo 10564, was shown at the 1970 Geneva Motor Show and was quite different from the original, using a 2593 cc 90° dry-sump lubricated V8 engine with SPICA (Società Pompe Iniezione Cassani & Affini) fuel injection that produced around 200 bhp (150 kW), coupled to a five-speed ZF gearbox and a limited-slip differential. This engine was derived from the 2-litre V8 used in the 33 Stradale and in the Tipo 33 sports prototype racer. The chassis and running gear of the production Montreal were taken from the Giulia GTV coupé and comprised double wishbone suspension with coil springs and dampers at the front and a live axle with limited slip differential at the rear.
Since the concept car was already unofficially known as The Montreal, Alfa Romeo kept the model name in production.
Stylistically, the most eye catching feature is the car's front end with four headlamps partly covered by unusual "grilles", that retract when the lights are switched on. Another stylistic element is the NACA duct on the bonnet. The duct is actually blocked off since its purpose is not to draw air into the engine, but to optically hide the power bulge. The slats behind the doors contain the cabin vents, but apart from that only serves cosmetic purposes.
The Montreal remained generally unchanged until it was discontinued in 1977. By then, production had long ceased already; as Alfa were struggling to sell their remaining stock. Total number built was 3917; none of them were sold in Montreal, Quebec since Alfa did not develop a North American version to meet the US/Canadian emission control requirements.
Engine: 2,593 cc (158.2 cu in) quad-cam 90° V8
Top speed: 220 km/h (137 mph)
0-100 km/h (62 mph): 7.4 seconds
(measured top speed 224 km/h (139 mph), 7.1 seconds 0-100 km/h (62 mph) by Quattroruote magazine)
Standing quarter mile: 15.1 seconds
Standing km: 27.6 seconds
Power: 200 bhp (150 kW) DIN (230 bhp SAE) at 6500 rpm
Torque: 235 N·m (173 ft·lbf) (24 m·kgf) at 4750 rpm
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