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Is there a difference in the handling / performance of the 145 and 146? Apart from the obvious body difference what else is different? In particular how does the 146 Ti stack up against the 145 Cloverleaf?

The 146 is often a good chunk cheaper....
 

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That's because the 145 is a whole chunk more attractive ;)
Dynamically though, there's nothing in it really. There was a 146er on here who used to love to tell us that the 146's top speed is 1mph better...
 

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I have had 3 146Ti's and 3 145 QV's and the 145 is marginally better to drive. It accelerates better as it has slightly shorter gearing and is lighter.
I also think the 145 looks better because of its design quirks, although this is open to debate.

Other than the gearing they are very similar to drive.
 

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I have had 3 146Ti's and 3 145 QV's and the 145 is marginally better to drive. It accelerates better as it has slightly shorter gearing and is lighter.
I also think the 145 looks better because of its design quirks, although this is open to debate.

Other than the gearing they are very similar to drive.
I always thought both 145 & 146 had identical gearbox ratios. The 145 is definately the sporty one (better inside triming, upholtery etc). The larger boot space & 4 doors made it for me, although it was a tough choice. If I were single then maybe...

The 146ti feels to me like the 4th & 5th gears are way too tall.

The tops speed is probably a tad higher on the 146 because the boot serves it better aerdynamically ;)

How fast from 0-60? Both are rated at 8.5 seconds but the 145 should be faster both from the weight & gearing

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I think the 145 is rated as 8 seconds 0-60 although in the top gear mag they managed 7.8 secs.

My QV sits at 4000 rpm at 80 mph my Ti's used to sit at around 3600 at the same speed. They also seemed to bog down slightly more when pulling away in second gear.

have a look here www.alfa145.com I think the mag article is posted there somewhere.

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I tested my car today on my way back from work. To my surprise it seems to have the same gearbox as the 145. Exactly 80 mph @ 4000 rpm :)

At 3000 rpm it's doing 60 mph

Still wish it had higher 4 & 5 gears...

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I've been to a few Alfa championship races and seen plenty of 146's, but never a 145 racing.

I assume the 146 has a better weight distribution.

HTH :)
Maybe it is easier to get a roll cage fitted due to the extra doors. :)
 

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