Well, I've had the car for a year and a half now and have been eyeing up Autodelta's
products for a good few months while digesting the feedback from numerous experiences on the Alfaowner forums.
Finally took a plunge in the 'shallow' end and opted to see the difference remapping and the sports intake/filter would make.
The car was dropped off with Jano on Friday afternoon for the remap and fitting of the intake (decided to forgo the hassle of fitting myself and get the experts to install it) while I went for a potter around Holland park ...
So what can I say...
First, the Autodelta experience - Jano and his team, while rushed off their feet with numerous 147 turbo conversions (Dougie, I imagine one of them was yours - what colour's the car? Were you going for the full J12 EVO bodykit?), work on a rather lovely GTA sportswagon and such like, found the time to fit me in. It was a pleasure to see enthusiasts passionate about the marque at work and was thoroughly enjoyable to pass some time chatting with Jano about the various work they have on for customers, the possibilities for my car and some of the ideas they (AD) have for the future. If you can get over to visit them in person, it's worth the effort!
The work was carried out superbly - and I could feel a difference in the car as soon as I'd left the garage, even though I had the delights of a highly clogged A40 to contend with
. Obviously no judgements were going to be made until I was able to hit some open road ... which was a long time coming!
Saturday was the first chance to really try the changes out, on a relatively quiet M5 and some glorious roads in the cotswolds on my way to a good friends wedding. Well, what a difference a day (and a remap) makes!
I find the car now pulls with more vigour, from lower revs, meaning while the enjoyment of using the twin-spark higher in the rev range is obviously still available when you want to make more rapid progress, it's no longer necessary to always drop a gear to access some power. Nice for more relaxed cruising on Britains rather overused motorways. The response from the throttle is more immediate and, as previous reviews have noted, the engine appears to rev more eagerly (and provides a more noticable kick)!
To top it all, I seem to be using less fuel, which with my heavy right foot is a good thing
. A run from SE London to the South West which would consistently use a half tank now seems to guzzle an eigth or so less - I guess a result of being able to use higher gears for longer on the motorways ... but it's early days so the jury's still out on this one!
All in all, after conversations with sceptics on the merits of spending money on something that, on paper, amounts to a relatively small power gain (approx 8% quoted in the blurb I believe), I'd say I find the change in driving characteristics worth it. It makes a car which is already great fun to drive that bit better!
Now, where did I put that spare few thou. for some high-lift cams, sports exhaust ... oh nooo... wink