On the 17th of May 1985 Alfa Romeo presented a new car to the press. The car was introduced as the 75 - the number refers to Alfa Romeo`s 75 years of exisistence. The coachwork was designed by Ermanno Cressoni, head of Centro Stille. The design had the codename K-1 and was developed under the supervision of Domenico Chirico.The new Alfa had to be a true sports sedan without looking too aggressive or having a racy appearance. Ermanno Cressoni designed the wedge-shaped coach-work we all adore. The car`s mechanical layout was based on the
Guilietta, Alfetta and the 90, therefore it features the rear transaxle configuration as found in those cars.
Because the 75 (code named series 162B by Alfa Romeo) was introduced only six months after the introduction of the Alfa 90, the press spoke of cannibalism, but Alfa Romeo wasn`t concerned about that at all. They saw the Alfa 90 as a comfortable car for the traditional businessman, while the Alfa75 was more of a sport sedan. Alfa said that both cars would have their own buyers.