I'll just add my opinions. As such, no-one should take offence to this, as it's just my own thought!
I do a fair few track days and I find the ESP system to be very intrusive.
It won't let you play on empty roundabouts either. - I had a stiffer rear arb on my old 156 which meant you could hold and balance it sideways on the throttle...
For track days, I can fully understand your desire to be able to throw the car around at-will, without the VDC cutting power. But for a street car, it's preposterous that you would wish to power slide and oversteer - it's unsafe.
Though, fair enough, you may be a seasoned track driver/race, and can handle a car nicely
. But 99.99% of people think they are better than they really are. On local streets, the mix of oil, dirt and bumps makes for a far trickier mix, and I would not want to lose control and run my GT into the gutter
It may also be different here where I live, but if caught doing such manoevres, our cars would be impounded, we would be fined, and if caught repeatedly, we face having our cars crushed! So, leave it for the track!
I prefer a GTA - they feel more special.
a GT 3.2 is just a GT with a big engine, a GTA is a much different car to the standard models, make you feel that little bit more unique and special.
A mate of mine has a phase 3 3.2 GTV.....which looks just like any other phase 3 GTV, despite the fact that the 3.2 sold in very low numbers in the UK. It's a rare model but you would never guess it, and that 'lack' of appreciated exclusivity is reflected in their low values. The GTA cars feel much more special because those in the 'know' are aware of the exclusivity of them, and those who know nothing about cars still appreciate that they look 'different' from their siblings
To a layperson, I don't think the 156GTA stands out above a normal 156 or GT.
It's a little contradictory to refer to people 'in the know' recognising a GTA, whereas they can't recognise a 3.2 Ph3 GTV!
There are considerable differences between a 3.2 GT and a 2.0 or 1.9 GT, just as there are between a standard 156 and 156GTA. Unless you're referring only to the bodykit.