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Alfa Romeo Brera S Prodrive news - A rarer Brera - 2008

Comely as the Alfa Romeo Brera is, we’ve
always wished the Giugiaro-styled coupe had a bit more bite in the driving
department. A bit more Prodrive, in other words.

So, with joyous serendipity, Alfa has just announced a
new ‘S’ version of the Brera, developed by David Richards’ Prodrive team and
promising ‘all the fun and engagement of a sports car driving experience’.

Available in 2.2-litre JTS and 3.2-litre V6 flavours,
the Brera S will be limited to 500 numbered examples.

So how do you Prodrive a Brera? By ripping out the
suspension and dampers and starting over again, by the looks of it. Prodrive
commissioned bespoke Eibach coil springs and Bilstein dampers for a stiffer,
lower ride which, says Alfa, ‘gives the car a more nimble, agile feel’.

Chopping out all the excess weight from the portly
Brera was the next step. Those serious-looking new 19-inch alloys are lighter
than the wheels they replace, while Prodrive also fitted hollow anti-roll bars
and aluminium suspension components to reduce the unsprung weight. All of which
helps to lighten the V6 Brera by almost 100kg. Which is nice.

Though performance figures remain identical to the
non-S version, the Prodrive Brera should at least sound lively, thanks to
rortier new rear silencers.

Wisely, Prodrive left the Brera’s lovely lines alone:
visual changes are limited to a couple of extra badges and a kinky new
red-on-black leather interior.

We’ll let you
know whether the Brera S is car for drivers as well as poseurs when we drive it
later this week.

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