Well its been like finding an old friend. But a new experience, also as my cloverleaf 170 is slightly different to my old modded 2004 jtd GT.
First impressions are the car feels its 30k mileage, tight, rattle free, like a new car. So am well chuffed. I have the blue and me system which is a great feature i never had in my old Gt. Although not being able to use my ipod is a pain in the arse. I have ordered the ipod connector to connect my ipod and into the glovebox, and hope i can do this with the uprated newer unit?
Going back to a standard chassis'd GT is a bitter pill to swallow, my god i had forgotten how the standard car is a bit rolly polly without a decent set of eibach ARB's and decent suspension..
No worries as this was always the plan to upgrade the chassis.
Also the car feels a lot slower than my old mapped GT..The 170bhp is not that impressive..So really the button is a bit of a waste of money, if you will map the car anyhow. I was half hoping it would be enough for a while saving me a bit of money in remaps? But again no worries as i always intended to map.
Have not had a chance to really push the car hard due to the standard suspension being a bit rolly polly, so have not experienced properly the magic of the q2 yet. I am sure i will when i get her chassis sorted and can derive confidence in the chassis to drive her like i used to my old GT.
One noticeable difference from my old GT is how lovely the gear change is in my clover. My old box/ clutch must have been on its way out, because the difference is night and day.
Have ordered a few parts from alfa to get her looking as she left the factory...front satin whiskers and a new little clover boot badge, oh and the all important clutch pedal clip. Can you tell i've owned a Gt before..lol
Also have plans to have the wheels refurbished, in porsche silver with diamond cut outer rim. Should look class against her black paintwork. have already bagged a cheap set of GT 16's off ebay for when i have them done, and to use in the winter. :-)
Made a start at machine polishing her black paintwork a few days ago, and she is coming up beautifully. My aim is to make her show standard. I tend to do this with all of my cars, and my lovely new Clover wont be and exception.
Hoping to make some Alfa meets this summer, and to meet a few of you all along the way.