Hmmm - I know that there's a time difference between UK and Oz but not sure how you arrive at a Brera 3.2 taking "a number of seconds longer" than a GT 3.2 to 100KM/H !
For some people this is important I grant you but frankly it's not the be all and end all - if it was I'd probably go and practice more often at the traffic lights and then walk around in cycling shorts with an aerosol can down the front just so that everybody can see that I really have got the biggest **** in town......
I'm absolutely baffled by the number of Brera bashing threads (and occassionally 159 bashing) that I see on this forum. Very often they appear to come from people who have had little or no experience of driving the vehicle in question. Sometimes it feels as if the poster in some way feels he needs to convince himself that the car he has is better than the vehicle which is now on paper the flagship of the mainstream Alfa line up. Who cares ? You enjoy your part of the Alfa world and I'll enjoy mine. As for nonsensical comments about fuel consumption and insurance frankly it's none of your business - If I can afford it then that's my business mate ! Even if I can't it's still my business !
In the end it's horses for courses. I chose my Brera for a number of reasons, above all else because I just liked it ! I continue to like it even though it has a few foibles - there are things I would like to change about it and in common with other owners these thoughts are shared elsewhere on the forum. It's not the fastest car I could have chosen and it's not the most economical either but it is importantly (to me at the least) the car that I chose because I wanted to experience ownership of an Alfa Romeo rather than go down a path more frequently travelled. If I'm honest the most disappointing feature of ownership to date has been the attitude towards the car from other Alfa owners.
Hang on while I finish strapping on my codpiece.
Don't take it personally. I think if you look closer at this thread, (and plenty of others), you'll see the feelings towards the two cars are a twoway street. I very much enjoy my GT and certainly am not going to change liking it based on people's opinions. You have your Brera and you rightfully like it... I have my GT and honestly prefer it to any other current Alfa model . Shoot me.
One of the biggest criticisms of the Brera from my point of view is the fact that it runs basically a Holden engine built in Australia.
If you could see the typical knuckle dragging yobbo in Australia that is obsessed with Holdens you may do everything you could, to disguise the fact that the Brera V6 engine is not Italian. It's an effront to the Alfa tradition IMO. Forget the global trade thing. I don't care.
If you think I'm harsh about my feelings regarding the Brera you would be taken aback and a little perturbed if you found out what the slack-jawed yokels that live and breath Holdens here think about italian cars in general.
As for the Brera being the flagship of the Alfa models. I don't agree. Not here. The GTs in Australia are currently very much in demand and whether new/second-hand are in VERY short supply. The dealers tell me that they just can't get their hands on enough of them and as I said in another thread, mine is insured for $15K more than I paid for it and that's the insurance company's figure for the market value ... not mine.
Anyhow enjoy your car. It's an Alfa and that's the main thing. Stay cool man.
I believe that in South Africa, the Brera was voted having the 'rear of the year' in some poll. On the other hand my model GT was described as having rear tail lights that looked like the eyes of a wild boar. I find that amusing, not an insult.