Alfa Romeo 75 Profile

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Alfa Romeo 75 General Information

The Alfa 75 was a fantastic and characteristic car that however seemed to struggle with the modern changes at Alfa Romeo. Alfa was in a massive re-positioning on the market while traditional model names made way for numbers. The 33 replaced the Alfasud and a brand new Alfa 6 was meant to be a 6-cylinder luxury car, later replaced by the 164. Next was the Alfa 90, which was basically just a face lift to the Alfetta. And the Alfa 75 replaced the Alfetta's little sister, the Guilietta. Out of all these, the Alfa 75 was the most characterful car. It had an unmistakable wedge shaped line that would increase to the rear, underlined with a black plastic strip along the site that would at the more sporty versions lead to a mini rear spoiler. However the stunning, unique 75 seemed to be dragged down by all its family sisters: Together with the traditional names the character of the Alfa range seemed to disappear. The numbers seemed to not really have a point and certainly had less character than names as Alfasud or Alfetta. Plus as a Giulietta successor the 75 was rather big, a bit too close to the Alfetta turn 90, which is why both these formerly very successful models were replaced by only one model with the even less characterful names 155, 156, 159.

In rallying the Alfa 75 was only seriously run by the French Gema team. And Gema at first only proved what the problems with the 75 were. For the Tour de Corse 1986, they long considered which car they should rally. Discussion went on so far that they transported one each, a GTV6 and a 75, both in groupA, both with identical engines, both ready to go in full Rothmans livery and entry numbers, onto the island. With minutes to go Yves Loubet decided for the more traditional and sporty GTV6. When in a mysterious move the FIA withdrew the previously granted groupA homologation for the GTV6, just as groupA became the top category, the FIA nearly made Gema a favour: Now the 75 development hadn't gone to waste and the decission which car to use had become easier....

Actually, the decission which car to use had not become that much easier. First was the lovely sounding Alfa 75 V6, which had an engine identical to the GTV6. But then an Alfa 75 Turbo was thrown onto the market and as well homologated into groupA. Now Gema, or all Alfa customer teams for that matter, had the choice of the same car with two very different engines. To make matters worse, both engines had the same power, only rather different characters - actually you see a difference in the groupA engine data below, but seeing the GTV6's successes the 218BHP figure from a 2500cc engine seems a bit of an understatement. And rather strangely as a road car the 1.8 Turbo had 155BHP and the 2.5 V6 had 156BHP! However the turbo had a slight advantage in weight and torque while the V6 was more driveable. This left the choice of car down to event characteristics. It all made things rather interesting as well. However, the Alfa 75 was a regular in French and Belgian championships, not so much at WRC level.

NOTE: as only one such version existed I didn't make a seperate file: If you spot a Gema Alfa 75 Turbo (changing drivers) in our database registered 232 GJR 75, this is actually a groupN car, not groupA!

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Alfa Romeo 75 Evolutions

Model & Evo. (Activity)
Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo (88-92) 240/7900 280/4600 4330.1660.1400 1075 (4.6) RWD (2510)
Alfa Romeo 75 V6 (88-92) 218/7500 240/6000 4330.1660.1400 1100 (4.6) RWD (2510)

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Alfa Romeo 75 Results

This is an unofficial Car Results list and may be incomplete.

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego hh:mm:ss
14th. 1990 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo P. Jenot . "Slo" #98 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
8th. 1988 WRC Tour de Corse J. Rouby J. Martin #16 [UNKNOWN] 7:44:59
13th. 1987 WRC Tour de Corse L. Albertini A. Pasquali #46 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00

Alfa Romeo 75 Retirements

This is an unofficial Car Model Retirements list and may be incomplete.

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego Reason
Ret. 1991 WRC Tour de Corse P. Baroni P. David #12 [UNKNOWN] SS3 crash
Ret. 1991 WRC Tour de Corse C. Driano M. Lallement #22 [UNKNOWN] SS99 differential
Ret. 1991 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo P. Jenot . "Slo" #36 [UNKNOWN] SS16 crash
Ret. 1990 WRC Tour de Corse L. Albertini A. Pasquali #20 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1988 WRC Rallye San Remo G. Noberasco M. Cerrai #28 [UNKNOWN] SS99 crash
Ret. 1988 WRC Tour de Corse J. Panciatici P. David #24 [UNKNOWN] SS3 engine
Ret. 1987 WRC Rallye San Remo G. Noberasco G. Cerri #14 [UNKNOWN] SS11 crash
Ret. 1987 WRC Acropolis Rally M. Moschous . Konstantakatos #86 [UNKNOWN] SS8 ?
Ret. 1986 WRC Rallye San Remo G. Noberasco M. Cerrai #23 [UNKNOWN] SS8 crash