Picked up my Alfa Red Brera 2.2 SV JTS over the weekend
You can probably see from my sig that I have had a fair few 90's Alfa's and I must admit to being a little concerned about the new generation, mainly based upon a couple of test drives of brand new Brera's.
I spotted a used 2006 2.2 159 whilst up north and popped in for a quick test drive, genuinely surprised by the difference in the 2.2 unit with a few miles on it (40k), it picked up very nicely and had more character. Unfortunately it wasn't quite to my requirement (condition wise).
Further thought led me down the Brera path and I ended up going for a red one (with the 18" Elegance alloys!)
The engine in this one was even better, it has that metallic Alfa rasp, and the power delivery is very torquey for a 4 pot, more willing than my old 156 2.0 JTS's (oddly more straight six than 4) and the gearbox has the right level of crispness without being too harsh.
Build quality is a massive step up from the 156, the materials, the fit/finish and the real alu dash is a nice touch. An Audi A8 driver at work even commented on the levels of fit and finish (in turn a tad taken aback)
The steering is more direct than a 3 series imo, less so than a 156 but again better than the GTV V6 I used to have. It feels planted but has lost some of the 156 agility, still for a modern car the gearbox, engine, quick rack and feel of the car makes up for that.
Can't believe how much I love the skyroof!, what a nifty little feature...lovely at night (passing lights/moon) and during the day....and the boot "huge!"
Main point bugging me at the moment is the cd/radio, the tonal quality is just odd! It seems to mis-represent tones and all sorts of oddity. I believe someone has posted custom eq settings, so am hoping this resolves the matter. (Big oversight on Alfa's part to bring everything else but the audio up to spec!), oh and the MPG is around 29-30mpg on the motorway.
Typically had the odd niggle e.g. windows not doing exactly what they should, luckily a window reset resolved this.
Overall I am so glad I got behind the wheel of a Brera/159 with the engine bedded in....it has really transformed the car!
Oh and how much attention does this car get!!!..people I have never spoken to in the office before, suddenly approaching just to talk about the car!