This is all Euro factory spec, with no options ticked. The 147 GTA being much cheaper than the rest will probably explain why it is so light, by the time you get it to Alfa UK spec with leather, Bose, winterpack, comfort pack etc then it will probably be up there with the 156 GTA saloon.
Obviously, the GTV is NOT lighter than the 156 GTA saloon, as some claim
But the weigth difference is negligible, same as the power difference. Yet, the far more advanced suspension of the 156/147 will give it a slight advantage.
Id like to try a gta to compare
to be totally honest im happy as a pig in the proverbial with my gtv, its rare its stylish and its fast but docile around town
but id hate to be out done by one of its sisters who are saloons and hatchbacks and some how it doesnt seem right if there quicker
no offence to the gta but the gtv looks as though it should be faster
No, it's actually not. It's a multilink design, based on an adaptation of the Chapman strut for the non-driven axle.
On the other hand, the 916 rear multilink design is more primitive, with only 2 large links.
Not trying to bash the 916, as I love the car, but objectively speaking, the 156 is better, suspension wise, at least.
The Chapman strut is often confused with the MacPherson strut, as both use a near-vertical upper strut, The distinction is that the MacPherson strut always requires a lower track control arm[note 1] where the Chapman uses the drive shaft and a light radius rod.
As it requires a drive shaft, the Chapman strut can only be used at the driven end of the vehicle. For the Lotus designs to which it was applied, this was their rear. MacPherson struts are most commonly used for front suspension and the strut axis forms the kingpin bearing, for steering movement. There is little reason why a Chapman strut could not be used similarly, although there is no record of this being tried on a front-wheel or four-wheel drive car. Both designs are struts, where the strut base is rigidly attached to the hub carrier.
Chapman did use MacPherson struts for the front suspension of the Lotus 17. These were unsuccessful, owing to the stiction problems that Chapman had worked to avoid with the sliding drive shaft joint. A wishbone conversion kit was later developed by ex-Lotus engineer Len Terry.
at the moment i fit a JTDm turbo (55214063) on a JTD 8V 115.
I don't find any picutres of such conversion, so i'll show all my pictures here, to help other people they want also do this conversion.
First: GT1749V vs. GTA1749V (or GT1749VB)...
Hi, I hope I'm not doing this in the wrong section or anything as I'm not usually active on forums in general.
Long story short, I finally got my own 156 which I always wanted (first car) and currently it's semi-stock. Over time I want to replace the front bumper and maybe some other body parts...
Just before Christmas Autolusso upgraded my car with Quaife LSD differential and it turned out to be a dream Xmas present :)
So far it has proven to be a fantastic little thing, makes cornering faster, you can apply the power earlier than you would expect and the car goes exactly where...
Just really checking to see if this is possible?
I would assume if you had a Q4 this would probably be an easier conversion, but would it work?
Could the rear drivetrain handle 100% of the power going to the back wheels?
Currently have a 'normal' 159ti (in other words, it isn't a Q4)
I cannot find "Ducati Corse injectors" - 0445110341 in Turkey Bosch, they say this is discontinued product. Is this right? I've asked distributer of Alfa Romeo. He cannot find any part with given Alfa Codes, FIAT 55218067 - FIAT 55218785 - FIAT 55221019 . They are asking for chassis...