Push hard and live
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Carson City, NV
I've documented my work with the similar 102/2000 elsewhere. I'm happy that I've found a sweet spot with this car between power, handling, and comfortable touring. This car remained stuck to my tail during a very spirited run up Highway 50 from California to Lake Tahoe being driven by a partially deranged 19 year old red-headed English kid. I was driving a modified Montreal, and was following a 6.3 AMG trying desperately to run away from us. I would not have guessed that a Touring 2000 (much extra power) would have kept up with us. In spite of the Montreal's Alfaholics' fast-road handling kit, I was on the ragged edge of white knuckles during this drive.
The front end of the 2000 is lighter than the 2600. This is in an area where small amounts of additional weight will have an outsized impact on handling. My 2000 has a bone-stock suspension, but with Red Konis. These make a world of difference in handling without impacting the touring-car ride that is really the point of these cars. I suspect a 2600 would need more help in the suspension to make the same improvement in handling, and that any of these mods would be likely to make the ride excessively harsh, thus spoiling its GT ride. I would cheer anyone successfully proving me wrong.
If the car is used purely as a GT, then a little extra power for the 2600 would be nice just for passing. Otherwise, probably not going to add much to the experience.
Carson City, NV
59 102 Touring (first Alfa $500 running)
65 Sprint GT (2nd Alfa, $500 daily driver)
102 Sprint (never did anything with it, but wish I had)
74 Berlina (first new car - now certainly rusted into oblivion)
61 Giulietta Spider G-Prod Race Car (where is it now?)
84 Spider Veloce (rarely drove it, so sold it)
86 Quadrifoglio (Dull car - no more 115s for me)
1971 Montreal "The Full Monty". Fair winds and following seas
59 102 Touring Roadster - restoration complete, enough Alfa for any rational man. Or irrational, for that matter
Two 1946 Stampe SV4C (c/n 294 "Rocinante" - wife's favorite airplane. RIP), and c/n 235 "La Bon Temps Femme" (gone to a new home, but never forgotten)
Zlin 50LA (+9 -6 gees, titanium spar, 1200 lbs, 260HP rumored to now be in Brazil)
1946 Luscombe 8A
Starduster Too (recently spotted at the Nevada City, CA airport - over 20 years and an entire continent separating it from our stewardship in Binghamton, NY)
1955 Cessna 170B (wife taught me to fly tailwheel in this)
64 Mooney M20E ("Rambo". My faithful steed for over 30 years) Nearly 50 years old, and just returned from a trip to Argentina in him
Newest in the fleet
1967 Piper Super Cub on Wipline amphibious floats (a true "all terrain vehicle")
2010 Triumph Thunderbird
You can snap roll an Alfa only one time...