Alfa bet­ter

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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

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