Our son was driving the 159 ti 2.4 jtdm automatic Sportwagon onto the freeway the other day when a guy in a new Holden SS V8 ute took off flat out in front of him. Tristan put his foot down and the 159 caught up quickly with no drama and the Holden couldn't shake him off. The speed limit is 100 KPH so they were able to push the cars up to that. My Alfa mechanic can now do a re-map after taking on a franchise for one of the big performance mod crowds that will give the car another 20 kw and 50 Nm of torque as well as cancel the EGR warning and stop the regens. We will save up and get it done one day. The 159 should be pretty quick after that and surprise guys in V8s even more! Tristan says the Holden would be heavier and have similar torque to the 159, so it was an interesting little drag and proves that low down torque counts for a lot. We love our Alfas in our family. My wife has the 159, I have my GT 3.2 V6, Tristan has the 3 litre 75 and our daughter has her 156 Twinspark.
2004 GT 3.2 V6, Grigio Stromboli
2008 159 ti 2.4 JTDM Sportwagon, Grigio Stromboli
1989 75 3 litre V6, black
1988 75 3 litre, red, (son's car now)
2000 156 TS 2 litre, Cosmos Blue, (daughter's car)