166 V6 v TS
Ive had the plesure of using a 166 3.0L manual for the last week.
I already use a 166 TS as a daily driver so it was an interesting comparison.
The V6 is a good deal more nose heavy and riding on 17's it doesent have the steering feel of it smaller engined brother. But it does benefit from slightly more power
For the first few days i just drove it back and too to work, gettting about 25MPG and enjoying the hush of 80 mph cruising in 6th gear.
The 24v engine needs 6 gears to keep it on the boil when pushing on, in total contrast to a 3.0L 12v engine which you can chuck in top at 2000 rpm and just cruise about on the torque.
After a few days i found and pressed the STR button. This changes the setting of the fly by wire throttle so that 10 % throttle input turns into 90% engine demand. It makes the car a little biut jumpy but also unleashes an awesome display of engineering under the bonnet.
Theres nothing much below 4K with this type of engine. At 4.5K all hell brakes loose as the engine trys to get to the red line before the driver looses his nerve. Its brillient
Driving this car was really enjoyable, the sheer theatre of the inside , cream leather, beutifull dash board, hushed engine, supremly comfortable seats and knowing that changing down 2 gears would scare any car near you with its acceleration.
In the end i had to give it back.
In reality i could get more use out of this car than i can my 155 V6, the 166 is wonderfully comfy and charismatic, the 155 is a totally driver orientated car that to be honest is hell for passengers. Im even considering selling the 155 on, this 166 3.0L is that good.
Unfotunatly its that good, and such an artwork in my opinion that i couldnt fit a towbar on it and drag the lane blocker about, so in reallity i need to look elsewhere for a car, it doesent suit my needs, well unless the 155 went anyway.
This car is for sale and i would heartily reccomend it.
If you love alfa's you must beg borrow or steal one of these for a few days, and simply cruise about... absolute theatre on wheels