My understanding is that after some spy shots on the Ring earlier this year the popular opinion is the GTA will be a 250bhp V6,not turboed 2!! Niiiiiiiice! Might be a bit heavy though,will sound good though! But there you go,previous thread says a 2!! Who knows!
Imho,the Golf gear change was its weakest link.Way to notchy.A high speed downshift was a nasty affair,particularly 5th to forth.Admittedly some liken the Alfa change to a spoon through custard,but overall its a much better box than the Golf.Its harder to get fast and smooth chages in the Alfa,which is more fun than the Golf imo.In the Golf you could simply plant your right foot straight away.Very boring!In summary,Golf very notchy,Alfa mildly soft but both have a long throw.So Golf imo definately NOT softer than the Alfa,just notchier.
As for the ride,well the Golf and the Alfa suffer from mild fwd understeer,but the Alfa feels a lot more alert thanks to a better balanced chassis,better steering feel and sharper turn in.My Golf improved immensley when I put So2s on it,but the suspension is still regarded as a soggy mess.Lowered sports springs do that car the world of good apparently (I know a guy who has taken a MarkIV to 400bhp !!).
In short,the Alfa is just a much better balanced car and so much more rewarding to drive.I don't advise the 17" Supersports though unless you uprate the springs.Those wheels are just to heavy but they do look the ******! Golf rides better over bumpy ground simply because the suspension is softer and the wheels lighter.Simply very few driver inputs coming back at ya in the Golf-some love it,some hate it.I'm in the latter! 147 walks it as a drivers car imo.
And the P7000s are sh1te in the wet! Eagle F1s the tyre for this car apparently.