Well, after a few weeks of ownership, I am as 100% pumped as when I first bought the car. When my wife and I pulled the trigger on the purchase, it was almost an impulse buy, and I had my doubts - we were having a great year and were fortunate in that we comfortably and responsibly afford the car as a luxury purchase, but as a lifelong Toyota driver it was such a departure from my world, both financially and from the image/driving perspective, and we weren't planning on buying a car for a few more months. But - the joy it gives me while driving is incredible, and I love that a) no one knows what it is , and b) you NEVER see anyone else driving them.
I life in a well-off area, and performance Porsches/Audis/BMWs are a dime a dozen. I see these cars all the time on the road. But I can count the number of Alfas on one hand, and the number of QVs using a big fat zero.
My only regret is that much of my daily drives I can't give the car a workout due to traffic - but even then, having that much power effortlessly on tap is an amazing sensation. For me the analogy is like a HiFi stereo - if you have a 1000W system, even if you never turn it up to capacity, you have so much power and support throughout all volume levels that it is always a joy to listen, and that much better for the power. The car is the same - merging, passing, cornering, are all a blast, even at normal speeds. ****, even in "A" mode!
Was looking at other nice cars - Audi RS5 was the primary competitor - and I'm so pumped we were able to get a more practical vehicle that not only gives me the thrill I was looking for, but that beats the other cars, even performance sedans, on so many aspects of drive quality.
If the car holds up I may become an Alfa convert! Anyone have a 4C they're looking to get rid of?