Alfa Romeo Brera S V6 Prodrive packs limited appeal

Odd thing, the Brera S. Back in 2008 Alfa Romeo UK spent £1m with Dave Richards at Prodrive, tweaking and shaving 100kg from the standard Brera, resulting in a much crisper and more fluent car. The £28,450 list price (a £1450 premium over stock) lost the four-wheel drive, and gained hollow anti-roll bars, aluminum uprights, Eibach springs, Bilstein dampers, new Brembo brakes, 19-inch teledial alloys, and improved interior detailing with red stitching.

VALUE 2012-2013  £14K

VALUE NOW  2018-2019  £12K

Forget the 182bhp 2.2-litre four-cylinder, but go for the 256bhp 3.2 V6 and you’ll see 60 in seven seconds and a 155mph top speed. It’s one of Prodrive’s best transformations and the front-drive Brera S V6 is much more adjustable on the throttle with strong grip and alert responses. The ride is harder but tarmac connection is much improved; drive one and you’ll wonder why it had four-wheel drive in the first place. Alfa UK claimed it just broke even on every car and the conversion was a flagship exercise. That’s good news for collectors because there were only 500 produced.

2008 Alfa Romeo UK spent £1m with Dave Richards at Prodrive

2008 Alfa Romeo UK spent £1m with Dave Richards at Prodrive

They’ve stayed under the radar for the last decade but I’m seeing prices tickle up. Make sure anything you buy has the all-important Certificate of Authenticity that lists the build number. A private seller in Devon has a black 2008 with 76k and six services for £10,495 while Auto Lusso in Bournemouth has a black 2009 with 64,000 miles and full history for £12,995. There aren’t many budget classics made in such limited numbers that are so quick and usable day-to-day or rewarding. The Prodrive Alfa Brera S V6 could be a shrewd buy for the future.

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