I can't believe how this thread has turned to be honest, beggars belief?
some old scholl Alfa fans would say the Flat Four was the only real Alfa engine, helping put Alfa on the map with their unique Sud and Sprint formats, as everyone and his son could, and was making transverse fours.
the same could be said for the venerable Alfa V6 engines, which i think have a place in all Alfa enthusiasts heart surely, they are fantsatic, and in terms of a performance engine choice of the era the gtv stuff was way ahead.
so at what point did the Twinnie become the ONLY engine to considered a throroughbred Alfa motor choice?
I like the Twinnie, ive had loads of them, and in all honesty theyve enjoyed better times, as weve mentioned before, they are simply strangled now by emission control and DO NOT perfrom like they used to, FACT!
the figures are about to boast if you find the right thread or website, but the truth is they are not as exciting as they used to be, and i'm talking from personal experience here, not making it up to annoy anyone, but right at the top of the thread the guy asks for our help in chosing his next car, the best engine for a 147, and i dont believe the twinnie IS the best engine choice for the 147.
it has little to do with mpg for me personally, like i said before, if they did a 147 with a 2.5 V6 i'd have a rack of them, and if the GTA were more affordable and available, we'd probably all hanker for one.
but the fact is, the 147, with the 1.9 JTDm 16v, is a really good car.
It goes very well, not overloaded with weight so still handles well, and in the right model choice will have everything the 147 can get in it, and should be very financially rewarding too as far as value for money goes, so it has a rightful place to be recommended to the guy as a GOOD choice.
no-one has said it is the ONLY choice, and no-one else has been so dismissive of anything but one type and model, and i dont think that's being helpful to the thread starter either.
I'll defend the diesels as long as i have too, they are great engines, and the demand for them is evidence itself, and as a Fiat / Alfa development, the first common rail TDi to be fitted to a car, i believe they hold a place in Alfa factory history too, BUT this is not the thread to do it on.
n13, mitch, etc spot on.
lets move on shall we, and stick to the thread starters question.