3.2 vs 2.2
I currently have a 2.2 JTS Ti which I am perfectly happy with. But, having owned a couple of Alfa 166 V6 models, I still have a craving for the raw power of a V6. The obvious drawbacks of the 159 3.2 V6 are IMO; it's a GM engine and not a Busso, the exhorbitant road tax, and the poor fuel economy. That said, with an annual mileage of 6k, I reckon the annual fuel and tax bill will probably cost me an additional £750 over what I currently pay. Servicing costs seem on par with the 2.2.
I have never driven a 159 3.2 so need some opinions. On paper it has 260 bhp versus 185 bhp for the 2.2. Does it feel that much faster ? Does the additional weight of the engine and the FWD layout make it a less driveable car than the 2.2 ? If there's anyone in the Manchester/Cheshire area that would be willing to take me for a spin in their 3.2, I'd be happy to buy you a drink at your convenience. I just need to scratch this itch and find out what a 3.2 is really like ! Thanks.