Bought a GT - The 147 is up for sale!
I got myself a very nice JTDm GT last weekend in metallic Lipari Grey with full red leather interior - but that means I have to sell my 147 (see alfaowner.com classifieds), which is kind of sad, though somebody will get themselves a very nice Alfa with lots of potential to upgrade and enjoy.
Back to the GT. I decided to go for quite a high miler with good service history and recent new clutch & dmf as well as cambelt and water pump change, so that I can afford to spend on some upgrades that I have planned over the next few months. At the moment it would benefit from a front end respray, cause its peppered with road rash. The rest of the body is not too bad but will be touched up here and there. It has already been remapped post clutch change at AlfaAid, knocking out about 190bhp, so even more fun to drive! I plan to lower it with a Koni/Eibach combination, admittedly more for looks but at +100k I am sure the suspension has seen better days anyway, even though it feels well planted and handles well. At the same time I'll fit wheel spacers like I did to the 147 (despite dire warnings of it'll ruin the car it has not created any undue wear and tear). The front rotors are pretty worn, so like the 147 I shall fit some MTech items, which have been superb. The calipers will also be given a lick of makeup. Time permitting I hope to have some of the work done by the time I show it off at BIAMF in April.
So, how does this GT compare to my 147? Well, its definitely much quicker and very smooth. The power delivery has no where near the turbo lag of the 147 and revs really well. Quite a different animal and much down to the benefit of another 8 valves and a big boost in power and torque. The interior is pretty much identical but the red leather is very much my "inner pimp", I love it! Other luxuries are the climate control actually works properly and I now have heated seats. Heated seats is still a little disturbing - a bit like having a baby wee on you, not what you always expect but something you should expect. Cruise control is definitely a novelty but not something I anticipate I will bother with. The original putty Jetfin alloys were dumped in favour of a set of stronger 17" Team Dynamic Monza Rs. They look great but could do with at least restoring some chips and scrapes. The Teledials on my 147 are still immaculate and it breaks my heart to see neglected alloys. Ultimately, I want to restore and prep this GT to outstanding condition and turn more heads!