Not many replies to this thread perhaps because the answer for me is too obvious. The Busso V6 is widely regarded as one of the best engines of any make by many in the motoring world. Sorry for being the first to state the obvious.
I might also add that most Alfa engines over the years have left the rest trailing in their wake. The classic twin cams were giving power others could only dream of back in their day and the later Twin Spark engines only had their reputation spoiled by over optimistic service intervals.
Probably the real truthful answer to the OP is "Whatever engine is in your car". They are all awesome.
As stated above, the answer is kind of obvious. Probably more interesting would be "what is your least favourite engine fitted to an Alfa?".
Personally I have found that the most powerful version of an engine is not necessarily the "best". For example, the boxer engine: to me the best version was the 105bhp 1.5, as fitted to Sud, Sprint and mk1 33 "Cloverleaf" models. Likewise the much-loved Busso V6: the 3.0 12v cloverleaf version, as fitted to the late 75, SZ and 164 Cloverleaf, sounds sweeter than the 24v versions.
So good to hear so many remembering the boxer. The snap crackle and pop from the exhaust on over run never failed to make me smile, it loved to be thrashed within an inch of its life too! I loved my 33, happy days!
I'll wave the flag for the Nord twin cam, with a production life starting in the 50's/60's and carrying on, effectively for 40 years. A groundbreaking design in its time and for many, many years the most powerful mass market engine of it's capacity (until the advent of turbo's in the 90's).
In Carburettor form the best sounding 4 cylinder engine ever made. With a wonderful noise on acceleration and a burble and spit on the overrun. It's an engine which defined the brand for most of that 40 years. Numerically and financially much more important than the V6 engine
I've never owned an Alfa with a Nord twin cam - so I reckon I can't really call myself qualified to answer until I do - but in the meanwhile I think the 1.5 boxers fitted to my Alfasud Sprints had the most character. They just fizzed with individualism: gorgeous rasp, turbine smooth, pretty gutsy for a 1,490, instant throttle response, spine-tingling snap crackle and pop on the over-run, and just a joy to use.
Just starting them on a cold morning was an almost religious experience: a dab or two of throttle to squirt some petrol in, then close the throttle and crank the engine, they would usually fire immediately and almost cut out you'd have to be quick to dab the throttle a couple more times to enrich the mixture and she would shake herself into life. Brilliant.
The Bussos are class of their field too and I've owned three of them at different times. I know there will be another in my life at some stage
The last mechanic to service my 1.4MA Giulietta told me it was an exceptional example, immaculate. Then today... went to Screwfix to buy a drill bit (big spender); family asked me to drop them somewhere "on the way". On the bit of road I wouldn't have been on if I'd gone the direct route, a...
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With the 4C being cancelled, and the 8C and GTV being dropped from the product road map, the car media all over the internet are proclaiming Alfa is on its dying legs and are on their way to be being flushed down the toilet of history just like Lancia. Who knows at best they may end up like...
Just a thought, why don't we make a sticky thread for people to make personal recommendations for Independant Alfa Dealers/Services? Can one of the mod's make this sticky?
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Hello to you all.
Next week the Alfa Bat cars are being displayed in London, the link https://www.telegraph.co.uk/luxury/motoring/rare-glimpse-franco-scaglione-alfa-romeo-concept-cars-changed/
I have decided to have a look so hopefully will be able to take a few pictures to post here.