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    Quote Originally Posted by 2b1ask1 View Post
    Reading that I think you have already talked yourself out of it Bertone; if it didn't impress on a test drive that won't change when you own it and face the bills. the engine really only came alive when they started on the V8 bi-turbos, get yourself into a 3200 and feel the difference

    Drive a ghibli or better still a cup and I think you will change your mind...
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    I love the biturbos.... But they have a flat plane crank which make the sound a bit odd... Just like many the PRV and Citroen V6s. On the Citroen XMs, the factory went from a 90 degree to a 60 degree V6, and suggenly the engine sounded like a "Ferrari". I (2,8 l.) and it was a very very good and reliable car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bertone View Post
    Sorry, no idea about the turbo pressure....i did the test drive 2 months ago....however I will go for a 3200 or 4200 models....
    Just need to save some more cash
    Where about's are you in Madrid, I used to live in Alcobendas in the 90's!

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    Quote Originally Posted by alfatwo View Post
    Where about's are you in Madrid, I used to live in Alcobendas in the 90's!

    Dave
    Hi, I live in the northen area, Mirasierra....

    BTW: The 224 is no longer available in the adds...it was sold a couple of weeks ago.

    But it looked great!!!
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    One day you will regret not having bought it...

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    Yes....perhaps.....only if the engine would have sounded sweeter (metallic sound when idle) and the test ride would have been more convincing.
    As a comparison, my 97 Boxster would get an 8 and the 224 only 4 out of 10 in overall car feeling...so a bit of a disappointment wth the maser....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bertone View Post
    The test drive did not impress me much....no super-car feeling at all...A bit akward with the dogleg shift...
    My biggest doubt/concern is the engine and how it sounds....It sounds like an "old sawing machine" when in idle, not like a nice smooth small 6 cylinder engine.

    My old 1997 Boxster 2.5 sounds awesome when you rev it....this one sounded like ****..

    Is this normal ???
    Remember that these are 90 dgr. V6's and they sound quite different to most 6 cylinder engines. Have a search on Youtube and listen :-) I think it probably sounded as it should and that you experienced the same as I when you first started and drove it. Not what one would expect - but after some miles it has its charm. It is quite raw sounding especially from inside the cabin and the exhaust note is also a bit unfamiliar. It's just how they are.
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    Quote Originally Posted by F456M View Post
    I love the biturbos.... But they have a flat plane crank which make the sound a bit odd... Just like many the PRV and Citroen V6s. On the Citroen XMs, the factory went from a 90 degree to a 60 degree V6, and suggenly the engine sounded like a "Ferrari". I (2,8 l.) and it was a very very good and reliable car.
    No,sorry. I also initially thought so but a V6 would work very poorly with a flat plane crank. These engines use a regular crossplane crankshaft. The design is loosely based on the older Merak engine - which again is loosely based on an older V8 F1 engine with two cylinders removed. The unusual sound it makes is due to its uneven firing order.
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    -1988 Lancia Thema 8.32

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