Nothing to do with the cost effectivenes or whatever of the Brera, I'll tell you about that next year. But, my accountant's office is in Carlisle, and I live in Newcastle. So, a nice long drive in the Brera
. Last time I did this I had the Merc 350 SLK in case anyone has forgotten.
The A 69 is a horrible road on the single carriageway sections and nearly always means getting stuck behind a truck of some sort. Patience is the key. About halfway there a person who most probably lived in the wilds of Cumbria and had to drive this government-forsaken road closed up behind me in a big 4x4. Like they do.
I was a late for my appointment due to miles of cones having been put out for no good reason on one of the dual carriageway sections and had to 'press on' so that when ever an oportunity to safely overtake presented itself I took it. The Cumbrian in the 4x4 did likewise.
At one point he tried to pass me on a 3-lane uphill stretch. Can't think why. But when he eventually turned off to his farm he flashed his lights in a friendly sort of way.
On the way back I took route through Alston as I always do. This is a fantastic 'B' road, even if it's actually an 'A' road.
The Brera loved it. They radio went off, the windows came down and it was one of the best drives I've ever had the pleasure of. Where the Merc ploughed straight on at a wide hairpin the Brera just gripped and gripped and gripped. On fast sweeping bends there was no limit (apart from NSL), and braking into corners just seemed to tempt fate. I was amazed how quickly this relatively heavy car can shed speed.
So I take my hat off to this car, despite what the journos & know-alls say, and its well documented weight problem, a well run-in (8K miles) car can really hack it.