Last weekend I dropped by my local dealer to see if they had any info on the Mito GTA as I have been looking for a replacement for my 156 GTA as I am getting slightly itchy feet, I love my GTA, but I feel it is time for a change. I have been toying with the idea of an Alpina Roadster, which I really like, but it aint no Alfa!
The dealer said that they had heard nothing of a February release date for the Mito, and couldn't tell me anything other than its on indefinite hold.
I happened to mention that I liked the look of the Brera S & he said he had just had a V6 come in, so out we went for a drive...
And rather predictably I absolutely loved it, it looks just gorgeous in the flesh, with a sumptuous interior , and although I never thought I would like a red car, I have fallen head over heals for this!
I'm not going to be in a position to buy one until next year, but the only thing that is making me hesitate is the performance/engine.... I know that the old Busso vs GM debate has been covered countless times and I don't want to open that up again, however I realise that the engine had only 1600 miles on it and it will loosen up, but coming from the GTA in the Brera really highlighted the differences. The GM lump does feel lazy, and didn't really come to life until over 3-3.5k revs.
The car felt like it could handle more power than what was on offer, and I also don't like to take a step back in performance when I get something new, one thing that I really missed was the urgency of the GTA.
I know that Mangos can chip, and that Autodelta can supercharge the V6. I also know of the power gains from Autodelta, but does anyone have any rough guides to power hikes from the mango's work?
Also does anyone know of any other companies who would be able to tune one of these? it seems like such a capable car that has had most of the essentials done already (Suspension/Brakes etc) but just seems to be missing the last few goodies to turn it into the car that it promises to be.
I would also be willing to buy a supercharger and relevant bits and have my local trusted alfa specialist fit as although I know that Autodelta work is highly regarded, for what you are getting I do feel personally it is a little on the expensive side, and if I am going to spend £20k+ on the car and then a further £7k with Autodelta I may as well start looking at Masarati GranSports for similar money.
Although not a deal breaker, if I did buy one I can't help feeling that I would always be left wishing for just that little bit more. I hope I'm not coming across as a power crazy idiot, but I just feel that it's just not quite there!