Finished the 166
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: New Zealand
Re: Twin Spark v V6.
Having owned both, I can also mke similiar comparisons....having owned cars with all three iterations of the alfa 4 cylinder, the most pur sang are the 8V twinsparks and old original 8V DOHC - they are lively, grunty beasts. The 16V twinspark is unbelievable - it is fast and quite furious, and barks like a demented dog, better even than the 8V twinspark, which growl like a bear.
but the V-6s....they are sheer power. Ihave owned a V6 164, the 3.0. Opening the taps at 3000 rpm is a demonic howl that lives forever in your memory. The beasts are scalded cats, and frighten M5's and AMG'ed Mercs something awful, and keep up with Ferraris enough to freak out drivers.....
But fwd alfas are very different in feel to rwd drive alfas. having had a go in a rwd GTV6, a rwd/4wd Alfa is going to go like stink with a V6 round corners, while the fwd twinspark is amazing in corners, just from the different inertial moments.
So.....depends what your doing.
Cross country high speed - get a V6
Ludicrous fun in twisty-turny bits - get a Twinspark
best of both worlds - Get a V6 on a 4wd system - like a 164 super or a Brera 3.2
Absolutely off-the-wall mental - 3.2 GTA 147, or nuttier yet, a 3.7 Autodelta GTA......