preachin' to the converted. i love mine. one of 43 manual facelift v6s in AUS, adds to the allure.
As a mate on a road trip said, "it feels like it hasn't even hit it's stride, it's just loping along." that was entering into coastal bends @ 80-90km/h .
As others have said, the engine is such a jewel, something that does not translate to facts and figures. Its just 'so right' in practice, sod the theory. Smooth and civilised when you want it to be, but a banshee wail and rapid progress when called on. It's a real engine
The other things people have mentioned - spot on steering, slick 6sp, and with q2 makes it all the better. To have that level of driving performance out of a car that, gasp, looks that good
is truly immense. A privelge to own.
there are drawbacks in standard form of course, but easily remedied. Stock dampening is truly awful, and my 6yo car in good condition had totally collapsed rear dampers. A full eibach/pro kit upgrade does a great job of tightening things up, but does not remedy the crashy nature of the suspension design. The q2 is a massive boon. An off the shelf alfa torsen diff, both addressing the achilies heel of the model, yet at the same time offering a large measure of added grip, stability and steering feel on the limit. There is no drawback to the modification.
i have the eibach sway bars coming in to subtract a lil more roll...
IMO, the engine ought not be touched.
It's epic from birth.