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Anyone have a new Giulia

Discussion in 'Other Italian' started by boxerman, Jan 14, 2020.

  1. boxerman

    boxerman F1 World Champ
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    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.
     
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  2. 95spiderman

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    alfa and elise is best combo!
     
  3. LightGuy

    LightGuy Three Time F1 World Champ
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    I bought that car for a smidge more after they serviced it.
    Good to meet you Big tex.
    Ride home to DFW was great 90 mph average and 25 mpg.
    Rock solid yet supple.
    The car oozes character.
    Looking into all the availble mods.
    Exhaust valve remote high on the list.
    Perhaps X pipe to replace center resonator.
    May chip it if it doesnt void warranty.
     
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  5. LightGuy

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    #80 LightGuy, May 27, 2020 at 8:54 PM
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    Sorry not for 300 bucks.
    I'm King Of The Tightwads !

    These cars come with scads of CF already.
    Wish the roof and hood were exposed with a UV proof clear coat.
    Should be a factory option. No brainer actually.
    Perhaps a CF rear trunk lid to complete the "stripe".

    In my romantic mind kinda wished it had a manual transmission.
    In my logical mind I know one wouldn't be able to keep up manually with an 8 speed with this kind of HP.
    6 speed manual ?
    Who knows.

    I have to say so far I'm completely in love with this car. It drives so smoothly yet firm. Power galore. Very good fuel milage.
    Wicked sound (but not like the V-8 M3's). I may ax the center resonator to replace with a magnaflow X pipe. The car comes stock with "straight through" exhaust via valves.
    Have no idea why customers buy expensive aftermarket exhausts.

    So glad I didnt choose an F80 M3 like 90% of the people do.
    This car is unique. I like unique.
    Only the cognoscenti get it.
    Which is PERFECT for my needs !
     
  6. Dai Baracca

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    the exposed CF roof is an option for $2k on 2020 models now. should be a no cost option like on an F80 M3.
     
  7. 95spiderman

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    Cf roof available on all giulia models now and not just qv? So much rather have sunroof than cf when its a tall sedan weighing almost 2 tons. No one will tell the difference weight driving it but sun and wind on nice day make it much nicer
     
  8. Dai Baracca

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    no this is for the QV, there is no option for a CF roof on the regular Giulias just like you cannot get a sunroof on a QV.
    the CF roof was painted to the car color prior to 2020. Now you can opt to have the CF roof exposed, like an F80 M3
     

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