" For one, people aren't buying diesels for the driving engagement"
True enough, although once we got used to the diesel Giulietta with the 6 speed manual, it was fun to drive, since it had so much grunt at lower rpms. Have to admit, though, we kept bouncing the rpms off the limiter as we raced on some back roads, and used 6th gear only once on a deserted autostrada in the south.
You do have to get used to using the gearbox a little differently, still...
1989 Milano, Shankle Sport
1991 164S, stock
1994 164LS (~Q)
1972 Morgan 27
previously owned since 1964:
62 Morris MiniMinor 850, 67 Austin 1275 Cooper S (Downton 3/4 race), 64 Giulia Sprint GT (1st red one made), 72 Fiat 128 Sedan, 75 Alfetta Sedan, 78 Alfetta Sedan, 78 GTV, 81 GTV6, 86 GTV6