you chose the better car in my opinion. welcome
Thanks Alfapud, I really do hope so!
Since I'm here I'm gonna tell u a bit more about me and my "Alfa experience":
I always thought that Alfa drivers were a bunch of frustrated *****, in fact my family has quite a good Alfa heritage
We used to have a Giulietta 1.3 which was just fantastic (I still remember my first driving lessons in it when I was 10!!), then we had a couple of GT Juniors, one of them a "scalino" model with an improbable (but fashionable back then) beige finish..
Alfa 33 SW 4x4 was the next step (helluva weird car!), Alfa 75 (loved it!!!), Alfa 155 (which my uncle still has! It's incredible how actual that car still looks!), Alfa 156 (nicknamed "gattone"-"big cat" for the purrrrry 1.9 petrol engine), Alfa 159 and now it's my turn, with my very first own Alfa, the upsaid Brera 2.4 JTDm SV
I went to Motorvogue Northampton with the intention of getting the MiTo Veloce: the 155HP engine together the 8C inspired lines made me think of it as a really well made combination (even if my wet dream would still be the GTA..), so I thought "why not?".
When I got there for a test drive though the car was not available for a test, so since I was there and there was a Brera, I was offered a "consolation ride" on it.
It's a 2009 model 2.4 the one that I tried and at first I was quite disappointed: really cramped sitting position (i'm 6'1" and a bit on the lardy side of things, this together with the new seats which are cool to look at but a bit unconfy and my left foot which kept on getting stuck on a piece of plastic right on top of the brake pedal), suspensions a bit stiff and a surprisingly loud aerodynamic noise left me with a bittersweet feeling about it..but crickey what a car!! The interiors are better than many luxury cars I sat in, the car is a real head turner (particularly here in the UK) and the engine is real fun!
But there was another Brera there, an earlier model in tip top conditions and not too many miles on the counter, and above all at a price that would be inferior to a new MiTo!!
I made some quick considerations:
a) which one looks better? Little MiTo, you are cute, but a bit on the cartoonish side..
b) if I don't buy a coupe now that I don't have a family I will have to wait until my midlife crisis..
c) it's cheaper (yes, older, but still!!)
d) the Brera looks FANTASTIC!
e) the Brera feels FANTASTIC!!
f) the Brera (the older one) drives FANTASTIC!!!
so, it was a no brainer really! Went for a test ride of the other one, and surprisingly the older model seats were more comfortable, there was more headroom, my foot didn't get stuck and there was no noise (apart for the 5 cylinders growl!)! Yes, it's 10 HP less, but honestly, our Alfas are not about performance, they're car for purists, for people who appreciate style and design, people who believe that no matter how many HP you have under your bonnet, your Super Golf GT/R32 will always look like just a Golf...
So I went again, signed all the papers, and tomorrow I'll go out for my first romantic ride with my new lady (hoping for the weather to be clement!). I can already see it: a soft promenade romantically lit up by our Xenon lights, my ears lulled by the Bose HiFi, my eyes enchanted by the stilish interiors (and what about the curvy side of the car crowned by the door handle that you see reflected on the wing mirrors?A unique view that only Brera owners know! Priceless!!).. I know, it's not always gonna be roses (all in all it's an Alfa), but I'll go back to the feeling that was the concept of an old Italian Alfa Romeo advertising, where the best bit of our day is when we sit in our car and drive it towards the horizon (or the closest Alfa garage..)..
Viva Alfa Romeo!!!
Pics of my first romantic escapade with my beau will follow soon :-)