Here I am!!
Mods: Bespoke remap makes a big difference. BHP figure might not be stratospheric but that's kind of missing the point, as the torque comes up nicely across the range, so the engine feels considerably more fun to drive. Remap does of course have a bigger effect after you've finished tinkering with the exhaust and induction. It won't be as fast as a GTA in a straight line though it will grip and I suspect corner better.
Oh yes and the car feels sooo much faster if you stiffen the suspension a bit. £180 of Eibach Pro Springs did the job for me, though of course you have to add 4 hours labour.
I have toyed with the idea of a Supercharger many times; some people say it's bound to make it less reliable (i.e. blow the head sooner or later), but I don't do many miles in mine... I still don't know. If I can't afford a 4C in 2014/2015, then I might just go a bit nuts on the Brera and not worry if I blow it up; after all I don't use it for anything other than fun. But then I think, there are so few Breras, it's going to be a classic one day and the NA engine is bullet proof, I can't really justify a mod that would risk blowing the head can I??
Anyway, if you're in 2 minds, why not start by spending £40 on a 76mm K&N Cone Filter and see how it runs. Maybe you'll feel the car is for you, maybe not, but these little changes all add up quickly; it's not quite what it should be out of the factory but it doesn't take much to sort that.
I'm happy with mine in terms of the combination of looks, exclusivity, handling, safety and performance, so would only ditch it for something along the lines of the 4C.
XF looks nice though! But somehow I don't see it as "me". Maybe cos my dad drives Jags I suppose.
I'm not sure I'd go for the Mito after a Brera. I've driven a couple (seem to remember setting fire to the clutch on one at Goodwood), and though you might get one with a higher 0-60 time, it just doesn't feel as premium as the Brera. It would be ace for nipping about town but seems comparatively flimsy/skittery at high speed. Guess it depends a bit on what you want from it.
Brat Pack no.8
Last edited by Commanderfish; 13-07-12 at 15:01.