Ill echo the thoughts above. The brakes are excellent, but you need to get used to them, same with the steering. This car is not trying to ape some imgined fictional ideal of an anologue car some journalist never drove, it uses the tech to advance the experience in a way that the tech allows. Thats different to tech masking dynamics and nannying with tech. At first the brakes felt too sensitive when going slow, and not "boosted enough" at speed Then your brain an miscle memory adjusts and it works great. Someone who knew what they were doing designed and enginered this car. Like all great talian vehicles you need to adjust to it, and when you do its all really makes sense, theres a linear transition between the two rates, you just need to learn it. If you take the wheels off you can see that car has awesome calipers and great discs. Compare that to a M3 which or any number of other fast sedans which will happily warp their rotors when used hard. Auto journalist are a tryrany forcing all cars to the "norm" all cotrolls working and feeling the same, all placed the same way etc. Even the infotainment on the alfa is imo excellent, its simple to use and evrything you need is right there. My wifes mercedes is a hodge podge of seemingly incoherant buttons and screens mostly taking a while to get vital info you might want as a driver. There are 3 cars I drive with some regularity. the Alfa the elise and the BBI. Frankly the Alfa covers most of the bases most of the time.I no longer need to drive the other two to clear my brain from being mind numbed in an appliance or just to have fun, it makes the time driving them more focussed purposeful fun on the ocassions when I do though. The alfa, fun more of the time all the time because you can just grab the fun anytime while you're out and about and one spends far more time out and about than on a planned sunday early am blast in the elise or BBi. The old M3s like the e36 were car that could do it all, and if you could only have one car they covered so many bases so well you were not missing much, this alfa is like that only better in terms of fun performance and relative comfort. Its what I thought the e46 m3 was going to be, but just never quite fully hit the spot. I bought the Alfa because winter with snow salt cold and no "driving" was depressing, while thats when roads most clear, I started the winter car quest thinking of a Honda Type R or a WRX, neither of which felt like they hit the spot dynamicaly and felt cheap, but would have worked because in winter I would have been happy to drive. I'm using the Alfa all the time cause its just so great.