Re: Why the 2.2JTS is underrated
Car buyers and for that matter consumers in general have become what I call "specification ponies". Meaning they make "blind" purchasing decisions pretty much based just on hard written specifications.
With easy access to information on the internet, consumers are evermore obessively trawling through spec sheets worrying about kWs, Nm, bluetooth, No. of speakers etc. The problem is that hard specs only describe a fraction of a product's characteristics and qualities. Many times specs can be downright misleading. Furthermore there are so many qualities about an Alfa that cannot be conveyed on a spec sheet. That's why it is important (for me anyway) to forget the specs and rather "experience and feel" the product to be purchased.
Many years ago I learnt a hard lesson after spending good money on a suit which I ended up wearing only a few times. Knowing little about suits at the time I fell for a superfine 150s suit. The fineness of the fabric was somthing I could safely and easily quantify. In the end I've learnt there is much more to a suit - and in fact a superfine 100 suit can be a much better suit. The lesson for me? "experience, feel and see" a suit by wearing it and ignore the specs ,the price tag and the media.
So the car I drive? It's a 2.2 Alfa 159 Ti and I love it. It's fast enough for me and the engine sound is geourgeous (I was sceptical at first but they indeed do sound better with age).
But it's the intangle things that I really appreciate. The materials used (eg. seats, brushed steel dash, lovely chrome door handles) and the shapes and ideas employed.
It's a work of art. You either "get it" or you don't.