Mines on lowered Eibachs and kyb shocks,power flexed rear, 18 inch alloys and it not bouncy at all, it goes round corners like it's on rails. It does have some scuttle shake but most soft tops do. Plus they are all getting on, mines 12years old, Plus our roads do us no favours.
Sounds like a nice setup - I have Eibachs/Konis in my 156 and it seems to ride better the faster it goes, well-composed and 'planted'. Nice to get it the way you want isn't it!
JAO, I was amazed you knew what a Honda Beat was, let alone all the other cars you mentioned - very interesting. Yes, I had heard similar about the S2000 and yes, they are great value over here, quite a bit less than an Alfa Spider, probably less than you'd pay in the UK. Porsche Boxster on the other hand, I laughed out loud - crazy money over here, cheapest '99 model is over £20k in your money.
Well, today I drove a long, long way (for me) in my 156 (return trip to the far north was over 820km/500+miles) - I dread to think of the fuel bill - so that I could test-drive a 2004 Spider for sale. Really nice, clean condition - silver paint (boring!) but red interior (nice!), even the dash. I was surprised to find quite a lot less shake, felt almost solid - just a little up-down 'bending' but no side-to-side wobble. No creaks. Lovely sound from the 3.2V6 of course, gearchange like butter, easy to drive. Torque steer, however, was there! I know about torque steer because I have an early (pre-'90) 164 V6 and an Uno Turbo, both of which give a fair definition
The Spider was quite willing to change direction when I tried booting it away from a junction in 2nd.
Next week I hope to drive a TS version and make my mind up. Call me sad, but I like the TS engine in my 156, smooth and sounds nice, uses no oil after I fitted different piston rings, power is quite adequate really, gets up hills fine as it seems to have torque at just the right revs, easily hits the 100km/h speed limit and gives great average economy of 6.5L/100km. The V6 is a luxury but is it really necessary... The TS Spider is for sale at the other end of the north island, luckily I'm down there for work, you know you're an Alfaholic when a work trip turns into an Alfa-buying exercise. And when you stay up at night writing posts like this on an iPhone.
A major point in favour of the TS Spider is that it's Zoe Yellow and under 100,000km, has had the belts done and is around £5000 (half the price of the one I drove today), looks mint in photos.
Either car would be nice to own, but I think I might go for the cheaper TS after all, here's hoping it feels nearly as nice body-wise.