Alfa Romeo Brera: from concept to production

Production Cars 25 Jan 2006
Alfa Romeo Brera: from concept to production

t’s probably the most acclaimed Alfa of the latest years: presented as a stunning concept at the 2002 Geneva Motor Show, today the Brera is a procution reality. But it is not the same car: there are few but significant changes…

Designed by Giugiaro, the Alfa Romeo Brera was one of the most successful concepts on display at the 2002 Geneva Motor Show and, for the first time after a long time, Fiat Group decided to give this prototype a production future.

Alfa Romeo Brera Concept
Alfa Romeo Brera Production
The original Concept Image post-processed by Car Body Design

The Brera was recently awarded the “Most Beautiful Car of the World” prize, and we, in partnership with the Italian Magazine AutoViaggiando, took this chance to speak about the passage from the Concept to the series model.

The Brera production model is undoubtly one of the best Alfa Romeo cars of the latest years: yet it has lost something of the fantastic appeal of the Concept.

The Brera Concept headlight
The Brera production model headlight

The dimensions are a bit different: the production Brera is slightly longer (+25 mm) but has a consistantly shorter wheelbase (-70 mm). This soften the sporty and aggressive look of the Concept, that rested on the 20 inches wheels placed at the corners of the car and had minimal overhangs.

This “quieter” character of the car is stressed by the smaller width (-64 mm) and the greater height (+84 mm).

Another significant change can be seen in the profile view: the side window is split in two parts by a small B-pillar; the door profile is completely different: it is shorter and has a more conventional line. The space left in the rear portion of the side panel gives the production Brera a heavier look.

Furthermore, the door opening system changed to a conventional one.

Alfa Romeo Brera Concept profile
Alfa Romeo Brera Production profile
Alfa Romeo Brera Concept rear
Alfa Romeo Brera Production rear
The original Concept Image post-processed by Car Body Design
Alfa Romeo Brera Concept rear mirror Alfa Romeo Brera Concept production mirror
Alfa Romeo Brera Concept front grille Alfa Romeo Brera front grille

from the general proportions and the side profile, the Brera is still very close to the Concept in many details.

“Minor” changes include different rear mirrors, the conventional opening system of the doors, the bonnet that incorporates the upper edges of the front grille and the necessary side direction indicators.

Needless to say, the Alfa Romeo Brera still represents a design success and has deserved all the awards it won.

We just found interesting to point out some differences that at a first glance make the Brera production version appear less breathtaking than the 2003 Concept.

Brera Concept
Brera Production
No. of seats
2595 mm
2525 mm
-70 mm
1894 mm
1830 mm
-64 mm
4388 mm
4413 mm
+25 mm
1289 mm
1372 mm
+83 mm
Technical Features
Engine layout
front longitudinal
front transverse
rear wheel drive
front wheel drive

Pax System 245-690R520A /

Pax System 285-690R520A

215/55 R16 – 225/50R17 – 235/45R18

(Images credits: Alfa Romeo, Italdesign)

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  1. GianMarco Tavazzani

    Great job, THANK YOU! 😉


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