Originally Posted by r.robertson
What do you mean by " civilized"? Not being cheeky but, does it feel sluggish, a poor performer or as the build quailty has improved does it feel more up market? What did it feel like in the corners, how was its mid range torque??? Inquiring minds want to know.
By 'civilised' I suppose I mean a less overtly 'sporty' feel. By that I certainly do NOT mean it was sluggish; quite the opposite. It was extremely fast, but the power feels effortless - very much in the Grand Tourer tradition. The build quality is excellent, which adds to the feeling of a high class mile-eater.
I didn't drive it for long, and only briefly got out of traffic, but when I did, boy did it go : the mid-range overtaking torque is terrific, and I suspect a few points are going to be added to licences for the simple reason you don't realise how fast it's going. (Also, to get the best out of the exhaust grunt, you need to keep the revs up...)
I'm not experienced with Alfas, so I can't compare it to, say, the GTV. But I did test drive a GT (diesel, not 3.2) and I think in comparison the GT sounds and feels more aggressive, sportier (although the relative performances may be not that different) while the Brera feels more refined, solid and assured (particularly the exceptional handling), and certainly much better built. An Alfa Romeo grand tourer versus an Alfa Romeo sports saloon?
Or to use these horrible smilies, the Brera 3.2 is a bit more