[QUOTE=Spyder;2631718]I hope I'm not being too optimistic about the fuel consumption. According to the latest Alfa specs the 3.2 compares well to the 2.2. In fact the extra urban cycle is more for the 2.2 than the 3.2
35.7 mpg for the 3.2 compared to 30.7 for the 2.2
I know as I toottle about in the 2.2 I'm getting 30mpg on average, so if the figures are to be believed (and there's the rub) it shouldn't be too bad. I'm sure the first month or so I'll be lucky to get 10mpg as I test the big grin pedal out
but once I get that out of my system I'll be happy if I can keep it in the upper 20's. Most of my driving is cross country over some of the best roads in the country (Yorkshire Moors, Yorkshire Wolds, etc) so not much town driving. Will keep you posted how it works out.
I have the 3.2Q4 here in Dubai where its hot and aircon is on full time. Around town (stop start) I get 16-18mpg but I drive it in a lively manner. Longer runs mid to upper 20s. So I think your estimates are very accurate for driving around Gods own county of Yorkshire
I also suggest regular use of super unleaded (Vpower or BP Ultimate). The engine doesn't like standard 95RON fuel. Still with super being £1.25 per gallon here I know its easier for us
The engine is sensational and suits that great chassis. I have the qtronic and will never go back to manual.
Wishing you many happy and safe miles in the 3.2