. . . Very often people don't realise that the first settlers in the colonies named their towns and cities after where they were escaping from. . . .
Well, usually I'm quite aware of that. Reading the map while driving through the US was quite fun, finding little cities like Berlin or Syrakuse. But for some strange reason, in the case of Boston I didn't consider this.
And although I even discovered the hint "Alfa 156 in USA = unusual", I didn't draw the right conclusion. Maybe my subconsciousness just wanted to brag with my US holiday.
. . . A close friend/colleague of mine has a 350Z and his only negative comment is that the engine doesn't "Sing" like my GTA V6. I've not driven it but have ridden "shotgun" a couple of times and I've found the engine noise to be flat and uninspiring. The suspension is very firm but it appears to handle and corner like it's on rails. . . .
I still have respect for the Z engine, because it's very gutsy and can also be relatively economical, but it's true, that if revved it just gets louder without any special sound.
If the road surface is perfect and the speed isn't to high for the seat to hold you, it corners like on rails indeed, but that's what I experience as boring (on a country road that is - on a race track that kind of cornering could be a good thing).
And if the speed is so high, that the grip of the seat isn't enough, it gets very uncomfortable, because the side cushions make it (for me at least) nearly impossible to support myself with the knee on the central console and lean my upper body into the bend, which works perfectly in an Alfa 156/159.
So although it sounds strange, despite the much more "sporty" seats in the Z, the seating position in the Alfa feels much more secure.