First shown in 2002 as a Giugiaro concept car, Alfa Romeo has finally taken the wraps off the production version of the spectacular Brera coupe.

First shown in 2002 as a Giugiaro concept car, Alfa Romeo has finally taken the wraps off the production version of the spectacular Brera coupe.

The Brera is scheduled to go on sale in Europe at the end of this year. As these pictures show, the dramatic styling of the concept car has not been altered much, except at the rear end where the production Brera appears quite a bit bigger to facilitate a larger cabin and boot.

But there can be little doubt that this will be one of the most striking cars in its class. The Brera is billed as a sporty and luxurious 2+2, and it measures 1,83 metres in width, 4,14 metres in length, and stands 1,37 metres high. The interior is said to mix Alfa's classic style with high quality materials. The Brera has a fixed glass roof that stretches almost the entire length of the cabin.

The Brera is available with three engine options, a 2,4 JTD turbodiesel and two petrol engines – a 2,2-litre four, and the GM-derived 3,2-litre V6 – coupled with either an automatic transmission or a 6-speed manual gearbox, depending on the version.

Suspension is by means of what Alfa calls a "quadrilateral" front and multi-link rear set-up. Along with the anticipated excellent driving experience, on some versions comfort is enhanced by the integral 'Alfa Q4' traction control system.