Living the dream,
driving an Alfa
Join Date: May 2009
Location: United Kingdom
Horses for courses, I have owned a 2.4 159Ti and now have a 2.2 Brera S with Mango's Mod4, both good cars. It's true, there isn't much power available below 2000rpm from the diesel, but neither is there that much from the 2.2 which can hesitate especially when cold. The diesels power comes in a big elastic band glob, and then you have to change up while the 2.2's power delivery is very linear and just builds all the way to the red line, which obviously being higher means longer between shifts so, all in all, similiar accelaration times but, where the 2.4 really comes into its own is in medium speed overtaking.
The 2.2 with Mango's Mod4 now keeps up with cars which have a 0-60 time of 8 seconds so, a nice chunk off the normal quoted figures, and returns around 28 - 29mpg while the 2.4 has a similiar 0-60 and returned around 32 - 33 mpg. The 2.2 being an S has a superior soundtrack, while the 2.4 can be a bit rough and noisy at low speeds, and has a noticeably heavy nose which is really only overcome by pure mechanical grip from the sticky tyres, tyr pushing one hard around a tight corner and you will understand as you can almost feel the rubber being stripped off them hence the 5 - 10k lifespan although all that torques doesnt help. The 2.2 is obviously lighter, tracks truer, handles lighter and mine now has 8k on the clock and the tyres look good for another 4 - 5k. Don't forget post 2008 cars had 100kg stripped out of them as a fat reducing exercise. It all helps.
Good luck with making the decision, its not an easy one.
Ex 164QV, 145QV, 156 2.0TS Modifica, 159Ti, Maserati Ghibli GT.....sob, I want it back mummy
Brera S Modifica