The Prodrive developed Alfa Brera S will have unique logos applied to both the 2.2 JTS and 3.2 V6 versions, with the individual badging being added to the cars to reflect the engine option involved.

More details about the official Prodrive-tuned Alfa Romeo Brera S project have emerged as Alfa Romeo UK prepares to introduce the new sporty model into the showrooms around mid June, and with the order books set to open several weeks before.

This project renews an association between Alfa Romeo UK and Banbury-based Prodrive which saw the English concern running the factory-built Alfa 155s in the British Touring Car Championship in 1995. Details issued by Alfa Romeo UK in recent days suggest that this will be a strictly limited edition model with a run of 250 to 300 special units, which are set to be split equally between the 2.2 JTS and 3.2 V6 engine versions, being planned. It follows a similar theme trodden with the Fiat Stilo Schumacher which Prodrive converted for Fiat UK three years ago in concentrating on handling and having the numbers limited; however if demand for the Brera exceeds supply the production run could be expanded further.

The cars will all be converted by Prodrive at its Banbury facility in Oxfordshire and will primarily focus on suspension improvements, weight saving measures and some cosmetic upgrades which will include new 19-inch alloy wheels, darker cabin glass, interior trim upgrades and individual 'S' badging for each engine specification version, positioned on the C-pillar.

Whilst this is an Alfa Romeo UK project the prototypes have been shipped to Turin where they have been tested at Balocco and signed off by senior management. A promotional campaign will accompany this option's arrival on the UK price lists and Alfa Romeo dealers are now preparing to slot these models in at the top of the Brera range.

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