I know what you mean Damien,
a sports diesel is a contradiction in terms, an italian sports diesel even more so.....
having owned both a JTS and a JTD I can say with authority that the derv is a better engine in every way but the sound and rev range....and both can be be something you become accustomed to..I don't want to bang on with the same old crap but the fact the diesel is the best choice is down to alfa offering poor choices in the GT.
as pud syas though a 2.0 twinnie with a turbo..
that would have been a lovely engine, the twinnie sounds awesome for a 4 pot and forced induction would have given 180+HP easy on the 2.0.
bottom line, I love my diesel, but i'm not quite sure that i'm entirely comfortable with the fact I love it..
it requires a redefining of your idea of what makes a desirable car...lets be honest we are most of us a petrol generation, diesel is for taxi's, lorries and buses..not sports cars!
but it seems car manufacturers have a different idea, having the flexibility to emabace new ideas ansd run with them is a plus and in fact the diesel is the best choice.
3.2 lovely but juicy
1.8 ts underpowered
2.0 JTS underdeveloped hence many problems and terrible economy for a 2.0 4cyl
1.9 jtdm the clear winner
so for all diesel owners, more power to you for choosing the best all round engine despite the fact that it flies in the face of conventional thinking when looking for a sporty coupe.
it has taken a while for me to warm to my derv, but the 500+ miles a tank and the unbelievable torque are very persuasive arguments, and now I have the quaife and eibach arb's it handles very nicely..