<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:<hr /><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Damon:
<strong>Don't get all despondent just yet...
In Australia anyway you still have the option of the 156 V6 Manual...
I have just got a six speed one today and it is brilliant, only downsides are less precise handling compared to the 2.0 and no Selespeed.
I had a ride in a new BMW 325i today though and I was unfortunately impressed, not my kind of car but the interior presentation definately showed the age of the 156 design...
As for straight line squirt though the 156 V6 has plenty enough for the local traffic light grand prix.
A friend of mine has bought a new 156 GTA (his 5th 156) and a VY Holden SS Commodore Ute (manual) I have driven both and while the Commodore is certainly performance value for the money, the GTA is so much easier and satisfying to drive quickly and belies its smaller engine capacity.
Anyway the 147 GTA isn't far away now so I wouldn't go shopping for a bowling hat just yet...
</strong><hr /></blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Considering that even the Hot Holden HSV Maloo R8 is only 2/3's the price of a Alfa 156 GTA then I would expect the Alfa to handle better. If it did not handle better than a hot ute then Alfa should pack it in immediately eek!
NB the Holden Ute SS is less than 1/2 the price of a 156 GTA.
Also Considering that the Station wagon AWD is near to release I suspect a performance AWD Holden cannot be far behind
Actually what would be nice I think would be a 147 with the new GM-Fiat V6.
I do not want a GTA as I think that the tacked-on-bits do not suit the original design.
Holden HSV Maloo R8 http://www.hsv.com.au/images/cars/vx/maloo/front34.jpg
Holden SS Ute