Q2 or not Q2? Help me sort out my final spec..
I've been looking at Alfa GT's for a while now, and although I've still not made a final decision on whether to chop in my 75 (Rover, not Alfa!), I think I'm coming close to finding my final spec of my "ideal" car which is one step closer to actually buying the thing.. I've been googling and searching the forums but I've still got a couple of questions that I've not been able to answer; they are:
1) I'm considering a GT Diesel in either Lusso or Q2 specification. According the UK Alfa site, the Q2 specification is essentially equal to or greater than the Lusso, but with the addition of the Q2 LSD and "sports" suspension. Having driven other cards with LSD I wouldn't be without it again.. However; my concern is about the "sports" suspension. Given that I'm looking for a motorway Cruiser that won't disgrace itself on roundabouts or slip-roads, I'm worried that the suspension "upgrade" may just be harder springs, making the ride crashy for very little actual benefit, “sporting driving” or not.. However, if the suspension is genuinely better in the factory fit (i.e. they've used better/more expensive dampers) then I'll get it. So my question is: what is the general ride quality like in the Q2 compared to the Standard Lusso? Are there any differences? I notice that I can have the Q2 LSD fitted to a standard Lusso at around £500; the same as the price difference between the two (obviously minus any other bits). Given my requirements, would I be better retro-fitting or buying from the factory?
2) Given my general concerns on the ride quality, I notice the Q2 comes as standard with a set of 18” alloys (which I’m not a big fan off) compared to the 17” on the Lusso (which I am). Would I be better of with 17ers as anything bigger is going to be a bit pointless; Volvos and BMWs always seemed to be pointlessly hard with 18” alloys.. Does anyone have any views to impart on this?
3) Should I be considering the black line or any other model and upgrading that instead?
I apologise if these questions have been answered or discussed before, but the search engine on this site won’t search for “Q2”, 18”, 17” or LSD as they are all 3 letters or less!
Thanks in advance!
Future Alfa-Owner (maybe!)