...and exclusivity......and it's a better cruiser......and it's more comfortable....
But, hey, what does that matter when there are faster cars about that will beat you round a test track.
Its not just about the track, or out right performance it's the whole driving experience, as a diesel driver you should understand more than most about how the the flexibility of an engine can make up for a multitude of sins, but really what does the 2.2 offer?
Mediocre performance, check
poor fuel economy, check
poor emissions, check
hit and miss responsiveness, check.
Doesn't sound like the sales brochure at all
This is a car for the connoisseur, combining
excitement with maximum driving pleasure, style
with sophisticated technology, and uncompromising
performance with the comfort of a luxury saloon.
a car for the connoisseur....a connoisseur of what exactly, distinctly average autos?
excitement....really, how, if your the type who comes in his pants at the look of a car then maybe.
maximum driving pleasure....with above issues, don't think so.
uncompromising performance....come on, you're having a laugh now.
comfort of a luxury saloon....wobbly seats with zero support, hmmmm, OK somewhat addressed in the updates, but the wobbly suspension that doesn't want to settle until your out of a bend hardly uncompromising.
You can get most of the bullet points on Alfas sales pitch from a competitor and for the most part its right and works.
Minis: The Cooper is slower, you need to get the Cooper S, which is upward of £18K + options, and then you look in a plate glass window and realise you've spent £20+K only to look like an estate agent/university leaver
This mini is not the only supermini, there are plenty of others even one out from Alfa recently.
The Golf GTi/Scirocco are great hatches, but once specced up with all the things the Brera comes with as standard, plus leather, they cost a similar amount -and they're just hot hatches at the end of the day. Scirrocco is good though yes. The TT is faster but considerably more expensive when specced with Brera standard kit. And none of them get you the looks or exclusivity for that money, so to me they're pointless.
How does the Brera differ in this comparison then, its certainly not a bespoke sports coupe, its a three door hatchback just like the Scirroco and has the side profile akin to a Honda Civic, oh of course... its not hot and therefore can't be bundled in the hot-hatch category
You're right, it's definitely not the fastest for the money, but if I wanted fastest I'd have bought a Caterham!
It's all down to what you think is important. As I've never even driven on a trackday I can't say out and out speed is my priority, but I do like an occassional burn!
I know I'm right
For sure everyone's priority is different but nothing you've said has proven that the 2.2 is underrated, the fact you had to modify it to performance probably doesn't help, most people on here know what it is and thats a bit of filler from GM until Alfa could get some decent engines in the line up.
I've probably been incredibly harsh, in one of those moods today
I do like the look of the Brera inside and out and I was tempted by the S but I know that the engine line up lets it down and is being replaced.