Re: Major Gt Dilema, Please Help!
I would have a look at the debate on the last page of the LSD group order thread if you are worried about handling.
In my experience the V6 (and 2.4 diesel, just as heavy) alfas handle a couple of percent worse than the lighter engined models. They are still very tidy handlers and personally I like their "feel". That two percent is really only valid for extreme on the limit handling by an experienced "hand", ideally on track, not a typical driver in road situations. The journos may bang on about it, I'm sure a typical keen road driver would get far more from the engine than they'd ever be likely to miss in handling. People don't even tend to get near the real limit on their first half-dozen or so trackdays, let alone the road.
Wheras, the noise and qualities of the V6 will affect you on every journey. From it settling to a smooth, low rpm idle from cold, its ability to move you smoothly from a near standstill in third, to the bassy throb it makes at normal traffic speeds then the meaty mid-range and wailing rev-happy top-end it will not disappoint. I would also argue that straight line performance is more useful than that last couple of percent of extreme handling ability, personally I use full acceleration in a few gears on most non-town journeys, you can't have too much power for accelerating onto motorways, overtaking, or just having fun. Don't underestimate how quick all the 3.2 models are, either, everything from 330's to all the current uber-hatches bar the pricey 130 to the likes of the RX-8 and TT are toast. It's top performance for the money.
Personally I know a 4 cylinder alfa would sometimes put a smile on my face when the road was clear, no-one in a hot hatch or 330 or whatever had burned me off that day, and I could enjoy the handling. The V6 models put a smile on my face every journey for their performance, noise, and if the road clears, handling.
Lastly, these sorts of engines may not be around for much longer the way things are going... If we are all driving 25bhp rice-powered greenmobiles in 20 years and you had the chance to own an Alfa V6 but didn't, how would you feel?