Series 1 Alfasud Ti 1.2
A while ago I said that I had the chance (and was hoping to take it) to buy a series 1 Ti1.2. Unfortunately, this hasn't happened but the guy who owns it, being a good mate of mine, asked if I'd like to have an afternoon chuntering around Hertfordshire lanes in it. Errr, yes! was the answer so yesterday I spent a couple of hours driving a mint, original, 38,000 genuine miles Ti.
Now, we've all driven a lot of suds, modified, tweeked and fettled but there can't be many left like this and to say it was wonderful is an understatement. Slowish, but wonderful! The handling on 165 section tyres was so supple and responsive and when wound up would scoot along effortlessly at 80+mph. The 1.2 'sud did all this and put a bloody great big smile on my face with a total of 68BHP! That's 312BHP less than my 355GTB and the 'sud is more fun to hustle down a lane anyday of the week!
Now, the point of me preaching to the converted is this: Why can't Alfa Romeo build a cheap, small, (most importantly) light, revvy, fun hatchback/small saloon again? Look at the size and weight of the Mito and Guilietta. I was told that a Guilietta is higher and wider than an Alfa 164! No wonder they need powerful engines to get them moving. Surely, with modern technology a 900Kg car with circa 120BHP and NOT massively tyred would be fast, really responsive, economical and inexpensive. Airbags can't weigh that much or do they?
What does everyone think?