very interesting replies gents, thank you!
spent today driving my GTV, to and from MOT (which it failed) http://www.alfaowner.com/Forum/alfa-...t-station.html
however when I drive it all is forgiven!!! it's just fun, and sounds great.. and seems to have enough for town, M-ways and its a B road charger for sure..
but as an everyday? not sure unless I spent a good few quid making sure its reliable...and I know it will just end up with fast road cams, a re-map and lowering springs..!!
funny enough the mentions of the Giulietta are interesting, I quite like the QV, my OH nearly bought one but couldn't get on with the TCT box, she went for a Peugeot 208 GT line in the end
its a shame as I could have lived wit that car had I inherited it from the wife at the end of a PCP deal, but not sure I would go and buy one for myself, especially over a Giulia.
thing is, its not the GT that is the problem, I just want a petrol engine and if the GT had been offered with a turbo charged 4 pot (like the TT) with 225 ponies I would probably be perfectly happy!!! the 3.2 is just a dinosaur (a beautiful one) but is to fragile to handle the kind of miles and types of driving I will be doing, is potentially problematic,plus the awful MPG, which is why I arrived at the Brera conclusion.
Sadly it would seem Alfa have repeated the same mistake twice..designing drop dead gorgeous cars and giving them **** poor engine choices!!! the V6's in both Brera and GT are of course the engines of choice but the HUGE gap in performance between these and the smaller displacement petrol's is unforgivable really...meaning the diesels are the only practical choice for most people.
but.. a diesel in a an Italian sports coupe is like a supermodel that talks like a market trader and i just can't go through another EGR,swirl flap and DPF delete and re-map..
on a happier note it seems with the Giulia they have finally sorted this issue with a fruity 275 bhp turbo petrol, so if I can't find a Brera I can live with it will go on my list of ''cars I thought I'd love but didn't'' (the Maserati 3200 is currently top of that list) and I will go and get a Giulia or if I want to avoid the monthly payment a SAAB 93 2.8 T convertible...and buy a Giulia second hand when the first lot are at the end of the PCP deals.
so in conclusion I would love to stay in the Alfa fold, and most likely will with the GTV as a weekend car, but it seems at this point other than a Giulia and a PCP deal, they don't make a car I can live with as a daily.