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It’s not quite a 147 and not quite a 156; it does, borrow bits from Alfa’s snappily named GT is a vehicle in the truest sense, a member of the clan that’s hard to pigeonhole. It’s a but it’s also a hatchback.

In its it wants to compete against the BMW coupe, yet lacks the marketing (though not necessarily the dynamic to tackle such a rival in terms of price.

The GT is also to be a more practical coupe the lower-slung Alfa GTV, an for those who fancy a bit of Milanese but need to stick family or in the back. But although its rear is larger than that of its cousin, the GT is only just a Those in the back must the courtesy to be less than tall, and while it does a hatchback, it really doesn’t much of a boot.

As we said when we reviewed the V6 version (issue 063), one you need to be aware of with the GT is (and with the greatest to the snapper) photographs seldom it. Odd but true, it’s just one of sort of cars. In the tin, it has an comment-inspiring elegance that’s worth a visit to your Alfa dealer to check

Of course, some of this know if you read our piece on the car, but the reason for revisiting the new is that we’ve now had a chance to try the new injection 2-litre unit, actually arrives here Sure, at 165bhp it’s 75 ponies compared with the V6, but in its is a reduction of weight in the nose with a bit of luck will the turn-in.

Unfortunately the 2.0 JTS we drove was with a Selespeed gearbox, take on the fashion for paddle-shifting. is one of those systems that you hoping will get better the time you drive a car with it trouble is, you keep being And, sadly, the GT is no exception to the Even when you dial up the shift program, the ‘box its upshifts with an annoying and an irritating vibration through the

Downshifts are more acceptable, but is all they are.

Fortunately 2-litre engine has enough to banish your disgruntlement the gearbox to the far corner of your It’s not stunningly gutsy at times you’ll be jumping up and in your bucket seat to spur the GT on, willing it to go quicker but it has that spirit-lifting four-cylinder to compensate, to make you believe punching on faster than you are. Alfa’s old boxer sound better still, but are few modern four-cylinder engines are as aurally charismatic.

Another reason to forgive the unit’s modest 165bhp is that it’s so keen to everything it’s got. It freely and with zest, shy to make the acquaintance of the redline and ill-mannered when it does. an engine that invites no, implores – you to drive it

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The chassis is up for it, too. We’re not to get too carried away and claim it has the of a 3-Series, but its handling balance is a or two above what you get in either a 147 or With less mass the bonnet than the V6 model, the nose is more agile, and you more access to the benefits of the steering rack.

What you’re still with is a lack of ultimate

There’s a hint of understeer to with, but nothing too upsetting, and for the part the GT simply latches a given line and follows it The chassis does have a side, though, and if you pitch it a tight corner and lift-off the tail responds with a twitch out of line; drive moderately and the rear wheels follow the fronts.

Some for the brakes, too, which are and impressively resistant to fade, much appreciated on our test which comprised for the most a succession of short straights and corners. A firmer pedal go amiss, though.

We said it before and we’ll say it – the Alfa GT makes an alternative to a 3-Series coupe, actually bettering it in any way. you should have it as a V6 or a 2-litre JTS on whether you’re prepared to the pace and delicious engine of the former for the extra nimbleness of the But whichever you plump for, make sure it’s not a

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