Alfa Romeo 2000
1958 saw the introduction of a new, larger Alfa Romeo saloon, in a class above the relatively new Giulietta and older 1900. The 2000 used the 1975cc dohc engine from the 1900, albeit in a more tuned form producing 105bhp, and a similar suspension layout, with a longer wheelbase and wider track. A five speed gearbox was controlled by a column mounted lever, making the 2000 a true six seater.
At around the same time, the 2000 Spider was released. Using the floorpan of the 1900 Super Sprint, it was built by Touring and was fitted with the more powerful 115bhp version of the 1975cc engine. The gearchange was located on the floor, but until 1961 it was only a two-seater. In that year a 2+2 also became available.
At the end of 1960 the third variant on the theme, the 2000 Sprint, was introduced. This was effectively the Spider chassis (with a slight stretch) and engine with a new two-door four-seater body by Bertone, the actual designer being a young Giugiaro. It was also the first Alfa Romeo production car with four headlights !
Production continued until 1962 when all three versions were replaced by the 2600. Volumes were :
2000 Berlina : 2,814 2000 Spider : 3,443 2000 Sprint : 704
Driveline longitudinal engine at front with rear wheel drive Engine 1975cc (84.5x88mm) dohc 4 cylinder with 105bhp @ 5,300rpm (comp ratio 8.25:1)
Spider & Sprint : 115bhp @ 5,700rpm (compression ratio increased to 8.5:1)
Suspension front : double wishbone with telescopic dampers and coil springs plus anti-roll bar
rear : solid axle with upper trianguler links, telescopic dampers and coil springs
wheelbase : 2720mm (Berlina); 2580mm (Sprint); 2500mm (Spider)
track (front/rear) : 1400mm/1370mm
Brakes front : drums
rear : drums
Gearbox 5 speed manual Kerb weight Berlina : 1340kg
Spider : 1180kg (53% front / 47% rear)
Sprint : 1200kg
model max speed 0-60mph standing ¼ mile 2000 Spider 111 mph 14.2 sec 19.5 sec
Model No. Details Engine No. 102.00 2000, berlina, 1975cc, from 1958 AR00200 102.04 2000 Spider, cabrio by Touring, 1975cc, from 1958 AR00204 102.05 2000 Sprint, coupe by Bertone, 1975cc, from 1961 AR00205
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