Alfa Romeo Brera V6 | Group Test | evo

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The 3.2-litre V6 sounds Alfa, with a lovely growl at idle and into the

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At the close of his review (evo 92), Catchpole suggested that the V6 Q4 fare better. As a Brera I have no preconceptions, but I do have Visually, it’s not quite as and cohesive as I hoped.

The hawkish end looks superb, especially in the and the rear is similarly distinctive, yet the looks a bit dumpy, as if the wheelbase is a few too short, an effect not helped by the alloys which make the appear rather plump.

Peering in through a side the cockpit looks classically with pleated leather and two-tone colours – here blue and terracotta – that it the ambience of a convertible. It can feel like one, too, you wind back the blind on the glass roof. I confess my heart sank a little I spotted that it was a ‘Qtronic’ model (which costs a £1450) and that the steering paddle-shift option wasn’t even though it’s £100.

A fully adjustable steering and (optional) electrically adjustable offer just enough opportunities for those of average However, the driving position is a high and the seat could be a more supportive, so you feel a uncomfortable, like you do when you put else’s shoes on. It’s a that fades as the miles

The 3.2-litre V6 sounds very with a lovely creamy at idle and into the mid-range. decent low-down urge, yet it has a feel, and the auto ’box exactly crack the whip, very ‘old tech’ in with lazy and slightly upshifts and equally well downshifts on coastdown. Combine with a feeling of mass, a that’s firm and busy at a level and steering that is but lacks feedback, and it’s to tell whether the Brera to be sporting or cosseting.

The last few miles to the meeting offer the most interesting of the journey. Slip the gearlever into the shorter ‘+/-’ and you have more control the engine, and while the steering feels numb, there’s crispness and plenty of bite you point the Brera keenly a turn.

The sense of inertia starts to away a little and as you power out of you discover that the Brera its balance and holds its line while the four-wheel drive all the V6’s urge hooked up to the I’m beginning to warm to it.

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The Alfa’s the of the bunch but it stll manages 7.2 and for the benchmarks – respectable considering it’s an auto and one that feel particularly enthusiastic at although our 0-60 time is a few slower than Alfa’s

None of us expects the Alfa to the top of the table, and it doesn’t, but it does a hitherto undiscovered agility the lazy-sounding V6, slow-witted gearbox and steering would never you to discover. Tacking quickly the left-right-left at the first chicane, the response and whip-crack direction-change cause me to laugh out loud. A of 1:35.9 only hints at its

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