When I sat in my first Alfa, it felt special (164TS), and the feeling didn't drop through ownership, even though reliability-wise it was a lemon
When I drove my 2nd Alfa, it felt special (155v6), and the feeling didn't change, just the dealers & various other mechanics letting the experience down
When I sat in my 3rd Alfa (166), again it felt special, when I drove the dealers TS version, it felt nippy-ish, when I drove my car (3.0 v6 manual) it felt really special, and that feeling hasn't dropped off, just the age of the car being against it now (sorry, but when I bought it as a 2yr old I said another 5 yrs max before trade in & I have had it nearly 6 yrs now)
When I sat in a Brera, GT, 159, 147................nothing.
They are light years away in luxury terms - and I can no longer kid myself that the sportiness can outweigh this (I could justify my 155 on those grounds).
The 166 feels a grade above (in general ambience), yet is a 12 yr old design, so it is disappointing that Alfa haven't been able to upgrade.
Unfortunately, I believe this is one of the reasons that Alfa depreciation is still high.
As I said earlier, I actually liked the MiTo better than any, so maybe there IS short term hope for a renaissance
roll on 169,I am getting a 'filler' car in the meantime