Not quite true. The FD3 RX-7 was simply brilliant. It had a reputation for throwing itself at hedges, but that was because people treated it in a ham-fisted way. Driven with proper skill it was simply by far the best road car I have ever tried and very close to a race car in its responses (and I have driven a few with some success)
Other excellent handling cars I've owned are Porsche 968SC, Lotus Excel and sundry others. Current Alfas suffer from being FWD imo. But I like the overall character so I accept their limitations - but they are not the great cars they once were. The rot started with the Alfetta which was OK but not as good as the 105 series cars it replaced - got marginally better with the type 75 and then went off again with the 155s. The 156 rekindled my love affair with Alfa - beautiful and competent if not great.
All that said, I agree that the vast majority of people on here are probably not going to drive the car quick enough on most occasions or have the supplely of feel to really notice the lack of direction at the front with the V6 - but it really annoys me. It just feel ponderous. I also agree that the sound-track is one of the most fantastic there is - but the handling compromise is too great for me.
Saying that you find others struggle to keep up with you when you drive a tweaked V6 is not really a useful argument to say that the V6 is a good handler as you have clearly raced. As a former instructor I know first hand how low the skill set is of the average enthusiast driver. I don't mean that to be offensive - just that anyone who has raced with any sort of even modest success should be able to progress at a much faster rate than even a track day enthusiast and if they can't then questions should be asked about their competence/value of their opinion.
my current toy list includes an RGV250 VJ23 and my bike history includes RC30, TZ250 (GP bike) and a Z1000A2 (original version) so I know about poor and good handling motorcycles.
pity there wasnt a kit out there that you can put on your vehicle called "throttle control"
previous to my k6 was zrx1100r 4 (amongst loads of others)that handled well initialy for 500 miles (got to run a new bike in
)until you pushed its boundaries then its old adage of revalve ohlins cams ,akrapovic metamachex arms etc list goes on ,but basis of it was the chassis was its limiting factor
so gsxr was one to go for
and did same with that
i used to be on zrx owners club site for years and tyres was major issue ,and when i went on ride out with some of them ,they rode like they should have had side car bolted on the dam thing
i advised on jetting etc ,always fell on deaf ears ,until they seen how your bike performed,
ps;as much power as k6 thou had (set up on dyno),still argued on line about fueling,some never got it ,first 3 gears had ignition map that softened power but played havoc with fueling,and only when you put a tre on, that you got fueled right,not much fun cranked right over with on/off throttle,some used to say you dont need it ,engine is quick enough as it is ,but i was talking about throttle response and feel not power