The Alfa Romeo 164 was the company's last car ever sold in the United States for a long time. It first went on sale in 1990 with 1,549 units sold that year, replacing the 1987-1989 Alfa Romeo Milano.
The 164 came in three different trim levels -- base, L and S. This was the only model year for the base sedan.
In the U.S., Alfa sold less than 400 cars in the first half of 1994, and its 28-year-old Spider model was finally put out to pasture. That left the company with only its 164 front-drive sport sedan to be put on sale. It competed with the Acura Legend, Lexus ES 250/300, Infiniti G20 and the low- to mid-price European sport sedans from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz.
The 164 was unchanged for 1995 when it was released on or before October 3, 1994. It was available in two versions, LS and Quadrifoglio, which is Italian for "4-leaf clover", Alfa's early racing insignia. The beautiful 3.0-liter dohc all-aluminum V6 used Bosch Motronic engine management. The 230-hp Quadrifoglio version used larger intake runners to get its extra 20 hp. Other Quadrifoglio differences were sport seats, sport alloy wheels, electronic suspension, and a "ground effects" spoiler kit. All 164s had leather upholstery, air conditioning, power seats, cruise control and a power sunroof. The optional automatic transmission was limited to the LS, as was metallic paint and unique front sheetmetal.
Wheels for both Quadrifoglio and LS were 15'6 in. with 195/65 tires, wider wheels and larger section tires, further enhancing the already excellent handling. The Quadrifoglio V6 was the most powerful 3.0-liter available in a sedan, only the Acura NSX and Porsche 968 had more powerful 3.0-liter engines.
Sales of all Alfa Romeo vehicles ceased in the United States after 1995.
|Model year(s)||Trim level||List price||Effective date|
|1991||Base||$24,990||February 10, 1991|
|1991||L||$28,460||February 10, 1991|
|1991||S||$30,970||February 10, 1991|
|1992||Base||$25,865||February 9, 1992|
|1992||L||$29,456||February 9, 1992|
|1992||S||$32,054||February 9, 1992|