Originally Posted by sherrp
Tim, last I read you were after a 147 GTA
do you mind if I ask why the change of heart? What was the drive in the JTD like compared to the 3.2?
It's partly because the missus doesn't really like the 147, although she's never seen a GTA even just a picture.
I don't want to be controversial about the 147 but when we sat down and thought about our requirements we decided we were looking for something different to a hot hatch and even though I think the 147GTA looks fantastic at the end of the day it's still a hatchback body.
In addition I've read things in the car press about the GT being the best resolved out of it, the 147 GTA and the 156 GTA. Put all that together with a change in circumstances allowing us to expand the budget and a GT was probably a natural result.
Also, when we went to our local Fiat/Alfa dealer and discussed what we really wanted he just happened to have a black GT in his storage compound. Ah it was almost like a sign from God
If I tell you that we actually went in to the dealership to enquire about a Punto Sporting Multijet and just hang our noses over the GT as a dream I'm sure you'll be even more surprised.
I think it's quite hard to compare the drive of the 2 cars. The V6 we tried had 25 miles on the clock and was running on 17s whereas the JTD had 5k on the clock and 18s so clearly I took it easy with the V6 especially as it was 'mine'!!
The biggest difference is obviously the engine. I was impressed how lag free the JTD was and how smoothly it revved. It's only really a 16v version of the engine in my Stilo but it felt completely different in character.
The choice of V6 was made much easier by the fantastic noise it makes combined with the promise of a good free revving petrol engine (once it's run in) and also that we don't need to worry as much about fuel economy as we'll no longer be doing 25k miles a year in the main car.
I was surprised at the ride quality of both cars. The V6 is listed in the brochure as having 'sports' suspension (surely ALL Alfas have this anyway) so I expected it to be harsh and the JTD to be noticeably softer but in reality I'd say they were pretty similar - at least going by a relatively short test drive. I doubt the slightly larger wheel diameter on the JTD would make a huge difference.
Both are more comfy than the Fiat Coupe despite it being a standard setup.
Anyway to sum all this up we've decided that 18s are the wheel of choice and if the road noise is quite bad we'll just have to turn the stereo up a bit louder
Thanks for all your help.
Lookout next for a thread about running in.....