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Alfa Romeo V6 Busso Engine – Tribute to a Legend

Posted by Big Mac On November - 10 - 2011

In 2005 V6 production at the Alfa Romeo Arese plant ended, and with it the influence of the Busso Engine. Named after Giuseppe Busso, this technical designer lent his mechanical genius to Ferrari as well as Alfa Romeo. He began his work for Alfa Romeo in 1948, having a say in the engine production of Alfa Romeo right up until 1979. His passion could not be denied, however, since he maintained an input in following models such as  the 1900, Giulietta, Giulia, 1750, 2000 and Alfetta.

If technical achievement in performance wasn’t enough, in August 2011 the EVO magazine wrote the original Alfa Romeo V6 was the most-glorius sounding six cylinder road engine ever. A respectable legacy if there ever was one.

Used most recently in the 3,2 l Alfas of 2002 to 2005, such as:

  • 2002–2005 Alfa Romeo 156 GTA
  • 2002–2005 Alfa Romeo 147 GTA
  • 2004–2007 Alfa Romeo GT
  • 2003–2005 Alfa Romeo 166
  • 2003–2005 Alfa Romeo GTV & Spider

This engine and its designer will forever be remembered as true testaments to world-class Alfa engineering, by bringing goose-bumps to the skin when experiencing the power they possessed and helping to cement the passion for Alfa that so many people developed. They just don’t make ‘em like this anymore!

Giuseppe Busso passed away 3 January 2006. Just three days after production of his engine was stopped.

4 Responses to “Alfa Romeo V6 Busso Engine – Tribute to a Legend”

  1. Numen says:

    Busso FTW!!

  2. Werner Nel says:

    Awesome sounds! I still miss my 156 2.5 V6 but the Mito ia much more reliable and economical. The Busso engine was excellent though. It was the electronics and the rest of the car that didn’t work so well…

  3. Ian says:

    Best sounding engine by far…

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