I'm sure there seemed to be quite a strong feeling on here that the Brera 3.2 Q4 was heavy and not that stunning to drive or am I wrong?
So Alfa go to prodrive, tune the running gear, lighten the car substantially (esp with removal of Q4) and shave a fair bit off the 0-62 (don't ask me for exact figures as they have not been confirmed) Add an electronic Q2 system (same as all 08 cars) so not adding further weight to improve the handling and acceleration.
And all this is not seen as a good thing?
A definite improvement
but speaking for myself (and possibly others) it seems a bit of a half baked attempt at trying to reduce the weight (ie: pull off the AWD, compromise it slightly by making it FWD)....rather than making the car lighter through technical improvements, what about this magical light weight metal that Alfa have developed?
I haven't driven the Brera/159 myself (in fact to stop me regurgitating what others have said...I am going to try and book myself a test drive this afternoon!), but the same problem seems to keep cropping up...weight !! and if Alfa are going to pull off the AWD and use FWD, why not use a proper mechanical Q2?...does that really add weight?
You want to know what I really want? (and what I have heard from so many of my friends who own prestige german cars).
1) RWD/AWD mix..(though I can understand from a business perspective, that they have had costly R+D and need to make use of the current platform...so keep in mind for the 159s replacement!)
2) Light weight and agile !! (the 159 has had great reports...but imagine it with the newly developed light weight Alfa metal!!)
3) Glorious Alfa engines, like the busso but re-incarnated with a modern twist. (Alfa have made the best of the GM derived units, but I think even Alfa have accepted that Alfisti are not 100% happy with them), there seems to be lots of problems with the mapping on the 2.2 as well - if Autodelta can fix it, why can't Alfa!
4) Build quality (IMO this is improving)
5) Improvement in Dealerships (I think Alfa are already part way there)
6) Design and Style (Alfa are 110% at this)
PS: What happened to the Alfa trademark - cowled dials!!