Originally Posted by splashalot2000
Hi Stori. I've heard this too. How very, very sad it would be. Apparently Alfa's input will be limited to softwear (for throttle response) and tuning the intakes (for the sound). If this is true, I will never, ever buy an Alfa with a GM engine. A large part of what makes an Alfa unique is the Italian engines.... GM? Ptui!
Well I do not quite see it that way.
Alfas are about dynamics and drivability.
Currently they are "Tarted" up FIATS , ie chassis and engines are FIAT not Alfa with the exception of the the V6.
Obviously the use of GM based motors and chassis developed by Alfa from GM base is a concept that is hard to imagine.
But once you drive one and it actually drives and feels like an Alfa then it is an Alfa.
In reality the current FWD Alfas do not feel like a traditional RWD Alfa and not like a Alfasud .
They are excellent for a modern FWD and fun to drive but really not as good as the Alfasud was in it's time.
I will wait and see and I do not expect to be dissapointed. The only worry is the ribbing you might get from Holden owners
But I expect the Alfa version to be a better engine overall and the car will be a better drive.
Obviously it would be better if the car was all Italian but in reallity even the All Italian car is a misnomer with parts coming from Germany and other countries as well as Italy.
Hopefully Alfa can build the Italian world car that is special