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I collected my new toy today and posted some pictures. Cue usual joke about the name.

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Pictures, thoughts? What do ya think? Is she everything you hoped?
Oh mate, an absolute dream! But also kind of a Jekyll/Hyde thing going on.
A friend of mine came with me to collect it, and we then drove up to the Peak District (a mountain range in the UK). I've had about 3 hours in the car on all kinds of roads.

I'll post better pictures in the morning. It's dark out now. So unfortunately this is your lot.

I like "All-weather Mode", which as far as I can tell is basically "eco-mode". Shuts off 3 cylinders and becomes quiet, comfortable and very civilised, with the only hint of the car's true nature being the burble from the engine when you squeeze the throttle a bit more.

Dynamic is probably what I'll have it in on the open/faster roads more often than not.

Race mode? Absolutely insane. That exhaust noise is phenomenal, to say nothing for the unbelievable acceleration. I'm actually a little afraid of it, but the more I drove it hard the more I realised it's actually a big friendly giant. I will run out of confidence before it runs out of grip. But I imagine once I've gotten used to it, i'll drive it a bit harder and more often.

Gripes? Actually a couple: The brakes at low speeds are quite 'grabby'. I suspect part of that is because it's a brand new car with brand new brakes, but it'll also be the fact that at the end of the day, these are huge brakes designed to stop a 1,800kg SUV from 180mph, so of course they might be a bit overzealous at 5mph.

Also: I've had paddleshift in a few cars now, and all of them have had the paddles mounted behind the wheel, not onto the steering column. That in itself is fine, except they've also put the indicator and wipers stalks behind the large paddles, so you feel like you're reaching around with your fingers every time you want to use the stalks.

But honestly, if that's my biggest gripe, it's a very small price to pay for what is honestly such a phenomenal car.


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In terms of Jekyll and Hyde I’d call that soul. It sounds cliché but Alfas just seem to have that which is missing from other brands.
Thank you for opening the cliché/anecdote door for me!
I absolutely get it. I've owned cars with 'character' and I've loved them, but they've always been older cars (MkII RX-7 FC3S comes to mind). It's increasingly more difficult to find new/modern cars that feel like they have their own personalities.

Something else I've noticed: Much as I've found 'little gripes' with the car, like the stalks and the BBW brakes at low speeds, there are also 'little things' that are an immediate win in my book.
Yes, I have made a list!
  • No stupid stop-start feature cutting the engine out just as you want to move out from a junction!
  • The Lane-Assist feature doesn't come ON as standard, which is great. And even if it does come on, it's gone at the press of a button. In my wife's EV you have to hold a button down for 5 seconds, and it's 'always on' as standard until you switch it off.
  • Rotary dials for climate control. When I saw pics of those I pointed at them and laughed about how those haven't changed at all since the early '90s. Then I got to using them during my drive home from the Peaks, and realised it's so much better than the modern touch-screen BS we get from most new cars nowadays. Like, what was ever wrong with how it used to be? And how it still is in the Alfa? It's great!
  • Slow-close on the cup holder cover. It's the little details, as I said. And this is one of them.
  • The seats are really comfortable. They're the standard seats, which I'm glad about because I'd heard horror stories about how the passenger seatbelt needs to be fastened at all times else the clip rattles against the carbon fibre backing, and in any case I'm not a big fan of CF anyway.
  • Speaking of CF: It's growing on me. I told my friend who joined me for the handover that I wasn't keen. He said he loves it. I appreciate CF is one of those love-it-or-hate-it things, but it's much more understated than it appears in the pictures, and with it being high-gloss as well it just gives everything a very expensive feel without being tacky. So, I'm warming to it now.
I'm running my wife to work this morning in it. As you say, I'll post more about it as I spend more time in it. :)
 
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