While GT 1.9 diesels are nice cars they take something like 27 s to get to 100mph.
That's an eon longer than a 2.0ts at 22s and Autocars time for the hrs was 21.5 I think, slightly quicker than the TS.
Nonetheless lots of people get swayed by the deceptive torque of the diesel.
It is quicker for lazy style driving for sure.
A remapped 1.9 would be faster than a TS sure, but comparing it to a GTA is just silly.
When I drive a GT jtd I actually can't even feel the acceleration to be honest above 70mph.
I am slightly spoilt though, I can bounce a passengers head off the headrest if I floor it in my own non-standard GTA.
I wonder if all these comparisons are really relevant for 'normal' everyday driving? If you need to compare the JTD 16v and a TS/JTS for the purposes of actually living with a car in everyday circumstances, then this kind of language here belongs to the mad, the bad, or the criminally insane
Not that you could behave like this anyway on the mad, bad, and criminally insane state of Irish roads
If you enjoy revving your petrol engine, are prepared to accept the usual 16v petrol characteristics of not much happening below 3,000 rpm then getting a little variator/torque/bhp surge somewhere in the 4,000-5,000 range, and put up with 30mpg in mixed driving, then buy the JTS (or if you're sensible, get a good TS, sounds better anyway). If you want more power lower down from 2,000 rpm, enjoy also a bhp surge up to 4,000 rpm, put up with a diesel rattle at idle but no rattle at all on the move, enjoy cruising on the motorway AT THE LEGAL SPEED OF 70 mph in the UK
at 1,950 rpm in sixth, and get roughly 45mpg on mixed driving and over 50 mpg on a long run, get the JTD 16v diesel (preferably 150 bhp on the last of the 156s, and of course 150bhp and even 170bhp on the GT JTDm versions).
I have both a 2.0 TS in the Spider, and the JTD 16v 150bhp in the 156 Sport. I enjoy both, for all the different reasons listed above. But if I were given the choice of only one, and given the amount of normal 'everyday' driving which includes long journeys on the UK motorway system, then my resounding and decisive choice would be the JTD 16v. It is a truly excellent diesel engine, and as Dan suggests if you change the timing gear/waterpump earlier than the suggested 72,000 miles/5 years, these engines are virtually bullet proof, and will see off all the TS and JTS engines to the glorious Alfa engine scrapyard in the sky
...... or the specialists workshops, where there is a roaring trade in trying to put together again these incredibly fragile and thoroughly outdated pieces of Italian engineering