Alfa Romeo first showed the 75 in ’85. It replaced the Giulietta.
Alfa Romeo’s in-house styling department handled the exterior and interior which explains the marked eccentricity. It does have a lot of lines down the side (not much parallelism) and most versions had a black plastic strip running along from nose to tail. I’ve only seen one 75 with no plastic, a base model French-market car.
In 1987 Car magazine tested the 2.0 twin spark and the 3.0 V6, giving both the thumbs up despite the odd ergonomics. “Every bit as good as equivalent BMW models,” wrote Gavin Green who is always a bit wrong about most things. He said the BMW 325i lacked the control and fail-safe handling of the 75. Balance and feedback were the 75’s other handling attributes, he said.
The 325i is a bad car to compare with in regard to dynamics as it was a markedly untrustworthy steer. Lift-off oversteer, for example. What headline did Car put on its front page for this: “Alfa Romeo is back. With good cars, we mean. These new 75s fully recapture the Alfa spirit.”