In May 1985, Alfa Romeo celebrated its 75th birthday with a launch of a new sporty saloon, a status symbol car whose job was to repeat the success of the Giulietta and Alfetta. The new Alfa Romeo 75, also known as Alfa Romeo Milano in the US, was designed by the Alfa Romeo Style Centre.
The styling of the Alfa 75 reiterated the wedge-shaped line of the Giulietta, with a few aerodynamic changes. The interior was particularly well appointed and included a height-adjustable steering wheel, diagnostic unit, digital clock, electronic rev counter and heat absorbent windows. Milano models had different upholstery and better equipment level than the European cars. Alfa Romeo 75 was the last Alfa Romeo sedan with a rear-wheel drive. The five-speed gearbox was fitted to the rear axle providing excellent weight distribution between front and rear. Automatic transmission was available for the US-versions.
At launch, the engine range included four-cylinder 1.6, 1.8, and 2.0 -litre petrol versions and a 2.0-litre diesel. At the top of the range was a 2.5-litre, 6-cylinder narrow-V engine with electronic fuel injection, which made the 75 the fastest and liveliest saloon offered by Alfa Romeo. Milano models were powered by the 2.5-litre engine. The 75 Turbo was introduced in 1986 featuring a fuel-injected 1779cc engine. With the Garrett turbocharger, the 1.8-litre engine produced 155 horsepower. Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo could sprint from zero to hundred km/h in 7,7 seconds.
The 2.0i made its debut at the 1987 Geneva Motor Show. It was the first mass produced car to adopt a technology that had previously only been used on racing cars. Twin Spark electronic ignition with 2 spark plugs per cylinder optimised combustion, improved performance and curbing emissions. The 2.0-litre Twin Spark engine produced 148 horsepower. In 1987 the 2.5-litre engine was replaced by the new 3.0-litre V6. Alfa Romeo 75 was updated in 1989, when it also got a new 2.4-litre diesel variant.
Alfa Romeo stayed in production until 1992, when it was replaced by the Alfa Romeo 155.