Alfa Romeo 166 is comfortable front-drive sedan of sporting style of higher middle class with the transversal location of engine; model successor 164.Premiere 166 models took place in autumn of 1998. A design is worked out by a center Alfa Romeo Centro Stile under the direction of chief designer Walter De Silva. External registration of pastors is executed in the same style, what Alfa Romeo 156 - the back-end of a car pastors almost fully copies such at a 156 model.
An interior is executed in traditional brand name style: spacious salon, managed seats of sporting type, panel of devices with round analog clock-faces. Three variants of finishing of salon are offered: elegant - in warm beige tints; sporting - in darkly-grey and black tones; classic - with predominance of light gray colors.
It is possible also to order the leather interior executed in a red or blue color. Blue style is intended exceptionally for top-end versions - Super - 2.0 V6 turbo and 3.0 V6 24V with mechanical transmission.
On sporting modifications of pastors a mechanical gear-box and hard pendant are set; for comfort lovers versions are offered with an automatic transmission and pendant with megascopic motion of compression of springs at their diminished inflexibility. All motors in standard acquisition work in a pair from 5 - or by a 6-step mechanical transmission. At will of client a company can set the 5-range «automat» of Sporttronic.
This semi-automatic transmission allows to commute transmissions both by hand and to work in the automatic mode, when all functions are executed by the electronics tuned under the manner of management of driver. Each of types of PPC has the descriptions of pendant. A mechanical box is noiseless, exact and easy in a management.
The 5-speed versions of PPC are set on engines 2.0 TS and 2.5 V6. 6-speed gearbox with a power 6th transmission 2.0 is equipped V6 24V and 2.4 JTD, that improves divisibility and physicality of these engines. On 2.4 JTD can be set gearbox with an economical «overdrive» transmission that promotes divisibility and motor economy also. Safety of driver and passengers is provided two front and two lateral pillows of safety, front straps with a pre-pull, and also system of fire.
The car is equipped ABS with touch-control and with the active distributor of brake effort; by the system ASR - regulator of antis kidding; TCS – by the checking of traction system; by the system STR, that is included by means of the button STR at the lever of PPC, whereupon tuning of electronic pedal of gas and machine changes begins sharper to respond to pressure of accelerator.