<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:<hr /><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Justin Fox:
<strong>I think you guys are wrong.
I don't think he's using the handbrake at all. Japanese drifters don't use the handbrake as they use rear wheel drives. The Alfa 156GTA has the ability to oversteer.
The 147GTA is renowned for UNDERSTEER. Sure you can do it with a handbrake but you can do that in any car and it would feel stupid doing it.
Do I have to post up a video that TOPGEAR made on the 147GTA here? To PROVE to you all hw badly the 147GTA understeers when on the limit?
</strong><hr /></blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">The simple answer is to ask the owners. I also see there is a 147 GTA series have their own series - How do those cars behave?
I'll confess I think the car looks pretty composed on the Top Gear test. Sure there was plenty of plough when the ASR was switched off. I suspect someone decided to make a point, or in media speak, put a spin on it understeer. I understand the 147 GTA has stability control, like the 2.0 147s. This should allow slight oversteer and control the amount of plough. No evidence of that in operation in Top Gear test.
While the 156 video is impressive the car is slow - it simply loses momentum after sliding around each corner. The driver is just showing off, enjoyable as it is for the rest of us.