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Great to look at, but nowhere near as special to drive
1 December 2008

What’s new?

It’s a limited-edition version of the Alfa GT. You get leather upholstery, lowered suspension, 18in wheels and a bodykit, mated to a 168bhp version of Alfa’s 1.9-litre turbodiesel engine and, intriguingly, its Q2 limited-slip differential.

What’s it like?

First, the good stuff. The Alfa GT still looks stunning, particularly in the Atlantico Blue of our test car; it’s possibly the only small coupé that can compete with the Audi TT on styling.

The LSD does a half-decent job of coping with the diesel’s 243lb ft, with only occasional torque steer. The gearbox is slick.

And, er, that’s it. The cabin packaging is poor, the dash ergonomics are patchy at best, the ride quality on those 18in wheels is marginal, the diesel engine is peaky and far too vocal for its own good, and fit and finish are too hit-and-miss to be convincing.

The Alfa GT might look great in your office car park, but it’s nowhere near special enough on the road. Alfa’s website blurb says: “Nuvolari would have been proud of it.” Somehow, we doubt it.

Should I buy one?

At just shy of £22k, the Alfa is usefully cheaper than a diesel Audi TT – which is just as well, because it’s a lot rougher round the edges.

However, the Alfa GT is a few hundred quid more expensive than BMW’s 120d ES. Unless looks are everything, we can’t recommend it over Bavaria’s finest.

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Overdrive 17 February 2009

Re: Alfa GT 1.9 JTDm Cloverleaf

WildBill wrote:

...Anyway what do i know, i travel around 50K a year (with-in my job) and i'm really looking forward to be an Alfa owner... the last post was class.. i don't want some fat bird who's great between the sheets.... i want some stunner who makes me work for my prize...

Mate, there's nothing with fat birds. For one thing they keep your nice and warm between the sheets (especially in this horrible weather we've been having).....only j/k.

Hope you enjoy the GT ownership experience. The 50k a year mileage will definitely test the mettle of this coupe, so it'd be great to hear back from you on how the car is holding up.

WildBill 16 February 2009

Re: Alfa GT 1.9 JTDm Cloverleaf

i've read all of the above, and i've been test driving a few cars that have been mentioned, and i've decided to go for the Alfa GT Cloverleaf Q2, it was the best of what i drove, the best looking, the most eqquipped (no optional extra's), and handled very well considering all the stick it has received, i'm usually in a Golf GTi but i'm moving over to diesel for one reason or another, and the Golf Diesel is pants, the A3 wasn't much either (S-Line eddition 170bhp), the 120d Msport was ok to drive but the interior has just terrible considering the amount of money there asking for it (leg room in the back as well was a joke, and that so called boot). i know it's an old argument now but i've been looking for reviews to give me some guidance and i found the best review is your own personal experience, i thought the interior was really good, i like to look at a car dash not a dash from the star ship enterprise, so why has the ergonimics been so lamented i don't know.

Anyway what do i know, i travel around 50K a year (with-in my job) and i'm really looking forward to be an Alfa owner... the last post was class.. i don't want some fat bird who's great between the sheets.... i want some stunner who makes me work for my prize...

CarEon 13 December 2008

Re: Alfa GT 1.9 JTDm Cloverleaf

Russian_dude wrote:
To many... nay MOST car fans, the way a car drives is more paramount then how it looks, for as they say beauty is skin deep. I bet many Alfisti would scoff at a blond, permatanned model with room temperature IQ... yet they go out and buy their automotive equivalents

So I can understand your analogy - You are saying that you would marry an ugly woman just because she is good in bed ?

Life is a compromise!