I finally did it. After owning a long list of German cars, I bought an Alfa Romeo. Specifically a Brera 3.2 Q4 [above].
Now before I get shot down, let me explain. I’d recently sold a Golf R32, but money was a bit tight and I wanted something with all-weather traction and within budget. After looking around at a few boring Audis that were not a patch on the VW, I came across the Alfa. The Brera Q4 is not the fastest car – it’s adequately quick, I would say – but it has
a lovely shape, a great interior, a fabulous engine note, and is pretty rare, too.
I was only planning to keep it for a year and then buy a new Golf R. The Mk7.5 R is a fantastic car, but is it £25,000 better than the Alfa? With the money saved I could easily afford to keep my BMW E30 fun car for Sunday blasts and the odd trackday.
Am I going mad? Or does this make sense to anyone else? Andrew Philippou