Newbie here !
I've just sold my Honda S2000 and have always fancied the look of the Brera. I sat in the S at Goodwood and made my decision.
So I have a few inevitable questions:-
1) Are they as thirsty as rumoured ?
2) Which is the best ? - (I have a daily commute of 16 miles so frugal is not by biggest priority. That said, I'm told the 3.2 is too heavy and too thirsty and the 2010 road tax will be stupid
3) Should I buy a 56 plate now or wait until next year for a 'previously enjoyed' S version which does look fantastic.
I don't buy new, and have always loved Alfas (my Dad has never owned anythig else) and I'm delighted to the them come back as things of beauty. I had a widebody 155 with the sport pack back in P reg days and loved it...although it was obviously a FIAT Tipo inside.
Any guidance on a Brera would be gratefull received
1. Yes they are thirsty, and the diesel doesn't deliver the economy you would expect from a diesel. They will all feel slower than the S2000.
2. IMHO the 2.2 is the best allrounder, its the lightest and is only slightly worse than the diesel in terms of economy and seems to have less problems than the diesel engine. Forget the 3.2 I think its too thirsty and will be too expensive to run in the next few years.
The diesel might be a bit quicker than the 2.2 but its heavier, won't handle as well as a 2.2 and the diesel appears to eat the front tyres.
3. Don't buy new, depreciation is not the best, if you want buy an 'S', its no quicker and will cost more in tyres (19"), not sure what the ride quality will be like but its got to be slightly worse than a 2.2.
Reliability with the Brera appears to be very good in comparision to other Alfa models. There are some minor issues with rocking seats.