I agree but it is also peakier, running out of puff much sooner. I also think the 2.4 has bags of character on full chat, whereas the 1.9 just sounds like another engine. The big advantage the 1.9 has is, of course, the economy; but, then again, it's like choosing between a 2.0 and a 2.5 petrol - performance over economy. Which, incidently, is the reason I went for the 2.4 JTDm over the 2.2JTS - more useable real-world performance.
A remapped 1.9 may be the best compromise of the lot. If you can get the power up to 190bhp it would live with a 210 bhp 2.4 on the straights and handle the curves better. I think I would miss the sound track though.
What RPM does your 2.4 stop pulling then? I thought the 2.4 had a long stroke, so wasn't a revvy engine?
After a lot of deliberation and not knowing how bad the UK fuel situation would get earlier this year, for the first time ever I put my sensible hat on, and for primarily residual value reasons I bought a 1.9.
It's not particularly refined, but gets the job done, and with a re-map it's actually quite lively. It also seems to get quicker with mileage, having done 3600 miles, it's much quicker now.
I've not experienced any DPF stuff yet, although when I hoof it, it sounds like soot is being injected into an empty coke can, is that the DPF?
I probably average 35-37 mpg, I use it mainly for motorway journeys at relatively high speeds. Overall, I'm happy with it, some of the little alfa niggles pi** me off though.
Oh, and as for the soundtrack, that's what I wanted B&M for