Alfa Romeo 168


Produced from 1988 to 1992

The Alfa Romeo 168, a variant of the Alfa Romeo 164, epitomizes luxury automotive craftsmanship. Manufactured by the esteemed Italian automaker Alfa Romeo from 1987 to 1998, the 168 emerged in 1991 with a distinct purpose: to cater to select Asian markets where the auspicious significance of the number “8” holds sway.

Positioned as a formidable competitor in the executive car segment alongside the likes of the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the Alfa Romeo 164 boasted pioneering features. It notably introduced the transaxle layout to the Alfa Romeo lineup, enhancing both balance and handling. Additionally, it marked a departure for the brand, being the first Alfa Romeo model developed on a platform shared with other manufacturers—the Type Four platform, also utilized by Fiat, Lancia, and Saab.

Functionally akin to the 164, the Alfa Romeo 168 primarily differed in nomenclature. The rebranding aimed to resonate with Asian buyers, capitalizing on the cultural symbolism of “8” denoting good fortune and prosperity. Offering a range of petrol and diesel engines, the 168 strived to blend performance with symbolism.

Despite its aspirations, the Alfa Romeo 168 did not achieve the same level of success as its predecessor, the 164. Production ceased in 1995, while the 164 continued until 1998, eventually making way for the Alfa Romeo 166.

Today, the Alfa Romeo 168 remains a rarity outside of Asia, serving as a testament to Alfa Romeo’s innovative foray into tailored market segments. It stands as a unique chapter in the brand’s illustrious history, highlighting its adaptability and willingness to embrace diverse cultural contexts in pursuit of automotive excellence.

Trim Levels/Versions

YearModel NameFuelBodyWheelDrivePr.FromtoSpeedQOD
YearModel NameFuelBodyWheelDrivePr.FromtoSpeedQOD
1987 1987 Alfa Romeo 168 3.0 V6 Automatic Petrol SedanFWD 217 km/h 1


» Petrol Engines
Id.Engine2959 cc
Kind of EngineNaturally aspirated
Identificative engineBusso 3.0
Cylinders ConfigurationV Engine
Displacement2959 cc
Cylinders number6
Electric engine - kind
Battery kind
Peak Power (hp)
Peak Power (kW)
Battery power
Operating Voltage
Battery: Operating Temperature
Battery: System Voltage
Battery: Cell Configuration
Battery: 0-80% Charge time
Torque245 N-m
Torque @ r.p.m. 3000 rpm
Cylinders angle60
Maximum Power (HP)192 hp
Power (PS)195 ps
Power kW143 kW
Power @ rounds per minute5600 rpm
Bore93 mm
Stroke72.6 mm
Valve TrainSingle overhead camshaft SOHC
Compression Ratio9.5:1
Engine block materialLight alloy
Cylinder head materialLight alloy
Fuel SystemBosh motronic ML-4.1 fuel injection
Engine Data accuracy
168 3.0 V6 Automatic
168 3.0 V6 Automatic

Car body variants

Body styleSedan
Wheelbase2660 mm
Lenght4555 mm
Width1760 mm
Height1397 mm
Curb Weight
Wheel Drive
Engine LocationFront
ChassisPressed steel unitary construction with front subframe
Seating capacity (number)
Track Tread (front)1514 mm
Track Tread (rear)1486 mm
Luggage capacity (min)
Luggage capacity (max)
Weight distribution (FRONT)
Engine AlignmentTransverse
Drag Coefficient
168 3.0 V6 Automatic
168 3.0 V6 Automatic

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