That's a fair point, but we own a Golf TDi and so I've been used to driving that for the last couple of years, and it's relatively quick. I've also driven diesels extensively in the past, but yes, the majority of my cars to date have been quite powerful petrol-engined (e.g. Saab Aero, Lancia Integrale, Golf GTi etc).
good man a 'grale! and someone who can spell it
i used to have an evo1 running around 300bhp at 1.7bar... clutch was the weak spot!
regarding the poor porsche comments - i used to have a 3.8 993 (last of the air cooled 911's) - believe me thats a proper porsche - the boxster is a good car but no 911!
993 was a handful (lsd made it drift as well as bob down the road) and i'd say that i can corner as fast if not faster in the q4 on the right road. More open sweeping stuff very different story... still ver demanding to drive - but get it right and wonderful machine (despite its obvoius design flaws... big lump of 6 cylinders hanging out back!)
The 'grale was quicker on normal roads than the 993 despite the porsches rs 3.8 power (sounded evil!) and lighter weight... but the porker was more of a challenge - i got rid of the porker when i realised that it cost a small fortune to keep on the road (tyres at £300 quid a pop! - £700 services!) - oh and the fact that everyone hates you - especially boxster owners
And yes porsches have reliability problems nearly as bad as alfa! fuel relays, water leaks, tappet failure, door check straps and believe it or not rust! - dont believe the fully galvanised hype. And the newer water cooled stuff is even worse! RMS failure being a main one.
as for the brera and 159 - not to be confused with a sports car - but can be a very quick and enjoyable GT car which looks the dogs danglies. I do 500 - 1000miles a week and enjoy all of them! just needs to be a little more powerful to make it a very good all rounder IMO
a remap would do wonders on the q4 IMO
if you want a sports car you buy a caterham IMO not very comfortable on the daily commute however