My most urgent question is: What does the TBi sound like?!
Was at Western in Edinburgh last night dropping off the 2.4 for a service when the salesman who 'sold' me the 159 (knowing that I'm a total Alfa-nut) came over and asked if I'd like to see and hear the 1750TBi 159Ti that had just been registered as a demo car a couple of hours earlier.
Appearance-wise, it looks like all the other recent Alfa engines - a big flat slab of silver and red plastic concealing everything,
. Then he fired it up and gave it a 'bit of welly'. To say that I was underwhelmed........
. It just sounded, ordinary - bland even
OK, I've been spoiled by having firstly an Arese V6 'up front' for the best part of 7 years, then a fairly mean-sounding 5-pot for the last year, and my good lady's 'Twinney' has pleased the aural senses for the last 2 years or so, but this new engine just sounds characterless - SORRY!
When I went back tonight to collect my 'baby', the salesman did say that it sounded better out on the road when under load, and that performance-wise it is like night and day when compared with the 2.2JTS (just a huge smooth wave of power throughout the rev-range was how he descibed it,
) but he had to agree that it did lack that certain Alfa-ness in the sound department. Come on Alfa, get an injection of noise organised ASAP, p...l...e...a...s...e !!!