Originally Posted by nero
Great looking Beta,always wanted one,the cool early seats sunroof and colour are great.Have you thought of changeing the bumpers to the smaller euro style they are a lot cleaner.Try googling Rideau lakes rally lancia beta,if i remember correctly, should be some neat pictures of race/rally Beta coupe.Now that you have driven it for a while,how does it compare to a gtv,give us a seat of the pants roadtest report.
I think this question was aimed at both TX907 and I, so here's my answer:
This is always embarassing to say but I've never driven a GTV so I can't compare it to one. However, I imagine it's pretty close, minus the FWD vs. RWD thing.
I really like the way it drives. I gave it the good ol' Italian tune up up Emigration last Saturday, it did great. Fast it ain't but it's not a car you need to go fast in to enjoy. The wheel is small but it's just right (makes the one in my Corolla feel like it's out of a Kenworth). The shifter is kind of sticky at times, maybe it just needs to be adjusted. The gauges are hard to read because the steering wheel blocks out everything on the speedometer from 20 to 80. I'm 5'11" and 150 lbs and the interior is fine for me but for anybody bigger then me, I think it'd start getting to be tight. The backseats are useless but that's a given. The brakes feel good, as does the clutch. I don't know what kind of exhaust it's running but it sounds great!
My biggest complaint is that it's really rough in the cold. It's been getting quite cold here in the mornings and it's always a hassle for the first few miles until it warms up. I can tell you I won't be driving it much this winter.
That's about all I have time for this morning, feel free to ask questions though.
I found some rally pictures, thanks for the heads up.