Haha, you are right about that! Thank you for responding to my private message. I am glad that you responded, as this is not a topic that I wish to discuss in the general forum area.
The reason for my thread is that I believe that somehow, the Alfa Romeo factory mistakenly installed an S engine in my wife's boss's 164L. I don't drive to work, so my 164 L only has 45,000 miles since new. My wife never seems to take any interest in it. My wife's boss, a 35 year-old Ferrari guy, saw my car at the company picnic and thought that it was 'rad'. So, he went ahead and bought a nice 91 164L. The thing is, my wife, who never liked my 164, suddenly loves her boss's car.
What really gets me is that she asked why my 164 isn't as fast as her boss's. Both being L models, I must assume that his car has a 164 S engine. Can we be 100% certain that the Alfa Romeo plant wasn't swapping engines by mistake?
And, if he doesn't have an S engine, can I be certain that swapping an S engine into my L will remedy the acceleration issue? I have read about S cams - would those help?