<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:<hr /><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Nemesis:
<strong>Performance wise, the 147 1.9 JTD 16v is equal with the 2.0 petrol. In the mid range, the JTD simply blows away the 2.0 petrol.
Anyone who tells you different has not driven the JTD.
The 1.9 JTD even in 8V form has more mid range punch than a 1.8 petrol.
The 1.9 JTD 16v with 140bhp is actually quicker than the 2.4 JTD 10v with 150bhp because it is lighter.
That's what I'd have.....Alfa 156 Sportwagon with 1.9 JTD 16v, 140 bhp, remapped (untracable) for around £350 giving 175bhp.
Of course the best thing for you to do is arrange back to back test drives in various cars and make your own mind up
</strong><hr /></blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">I don't agree with you Nem.
The 1.9 JTD 16v is perfomance wise not equal to a 2.0 TS. The JTD 16v is a lot quicker then a 2.0 TS. Although the 2.0 TS has a slightly higher topspeed (1 km/h extra) the JTD 16v beats the 2.0 in the acceleration test and is way quicker as soon as the 2.0 has to drop some revs (for instance for a corner)
Compared to the 1.9 JTD 8v the acceleration from a stand still situation and topspeed you are better of with a 2.0 TS. On a twisty road you have to keep the 2.0 TS in high revs to stay ahead of the JTD 8v.
But I would opt for the 2.0 TS anytime since the music the engine produces between 4,000 and 7,000 rpm is really gorgeous.