Re: When is 160BHP not 160BHP?
You understand that the "pure" alfisti are not so many to keep such a company alive (remember that the FIAT Group was close to bankrupcy) and if the 159 was a failure Alfa could even close. It was a huge investment for them to develop this car, and obviously it was aimed to everybody, including BMW or Audi buyers. So built quality and safety was top priority, and then performance. It is heavy, and even the 2.2JTS which was the most I could afford, with 180bhp is not a sports car for sure. However with its amazing handling and good brakes you can drive fast. At least faster than VWs, Audis, Mercs or BMW at the same price. In addition it looks great and feels better than any Alfa ever did (quality wise). But even now almost everybody I know asked "are you crazy to buy an Italian car? Don't they have problems?" - and its 2007! I just hope with this car they manage to get over this and improve the "pride of ownership" of the Alfa brand. They deserve it, and I think they are on the right track, even though it seem they will loose some "alfisti" on the way.