I understand where this U.S. mentality that Alfa ended with the last RWD cars comes from, but I think it's so myopic. The 155 and 156 won so many awards they must be great cars to drive, they certainly look great. Even the heavy 159/Brera looks great at least. Anyway, I'd die for a 147 GTA over here. Maybe in seven years when they can be imported. In the meantime I really miss my 164Q. Wish I had kept it, special car.Being based here in EU...I totally missed this point:
"A badge-engineering mentality quickly started to direct the development of new Alfa Romeo models; designs started to become compromised and watered down; the cheaper front-wheel-drive configuration replaced rear-wheel-drive; and soon the sporty, magical, and even sensual Alfa Romeo essence was gone. Sure, they continued to have a few design hits such as the Brera or the gorgeous 159, but underneath the beautiful skin there was little to differentiate the modern Alfas from other front-wheel-drive boxes with wheels. Gone was the magic of the Alfas from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s that rewarded your senses, connected you with the road, and simply made you feel alive. With apologies to my European Alfisti friends, then, we really didn’t miss much here in the US when Fiat pulled Alfa Romeo out of our market in 1995."
In 1989 the SZ came out, I drove a 1995 33 1.5 boxer for years, and it has been the best and most fun car I ever owned. Then I clearly remember the time when the 156 was launched...at the time it was mind-blowing in terms of the design from Walter Da Silva and represented the Alfa DNA as they were very fast aswell. The diesels came with supermodern turbo's and ran like hell. The 156 came in 'baby blue' - and with a 2.5V6 and beige leather was a true postercar. I remember the first day that I drove a 156GTA...what a phenomenal car! Then I remember the first time I drove the GT...which at the time brought super sharp steering, it was really amazing to drive. The 147GTA is a beauty and very collectable already by now...people overhere are already searching for nice examples in the market. The one car that doesn't represent Alfa DNA is the Brera, because it was a superfat GM product 0
But...love to have and own a 4C! I think it is stunning.
My few cents...for what it is worth.