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I wanted to post this to any potential QV buyers after having my car for a month and 600 miles.

I've owned a lot of cars including a few Ferraris, BMW M cars (M3 and M5), as well as Mercedes AMG (CLS55 and SL55), Porsches etc and have to say I'm so happy with my QV.

I had a deposit on an M3 with performance/competition pack, and I remembered how much I loved my Laguna Seca Blue E46 M3 and how lively and lightweight and edgy it felt. I felt like a Porsche, where my arms were an extension directly to the wheels and the asphalt. A feeling where driving is an experience.

I could not find a car with 4 doors that had that feeling. Mercedes are great, but too heavy. M5 too big. Porsche Panamera is a boat too. That left me with the M3. And while itr does so many things right, why they would not have a soft mode for the suspension is such a huge mistake. On California roads you can't be in a track car all day.

Those are just some of the things that make the QV so special to me. It makes the drive interesting. So interesting I'm burning up gas as I can't want to punch it, and I take alternate routes home to hit mountain roads. It's almost as quiet as my CLS55 AMG, and almost as comfortable. But while the CLS55 AMG is one of the best handling cars ever made it's still so so heavy. The single knob to change driving characteristics is VERY smart. I don't want sub-menus. The exhaust note rules. Everybody fawns over it...and they should. It's stunning.

I'm selling my Ferrari. Don't need or want it. This is more fun and LIVABLE.

So if you are a potential buyer...do it. It's really really fun.
 

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Congrats and Welcome

Congrats...you are exactly the enthusiast Alfa is looking to capture....Welcome aboard....Describe your spec and post some pics....D
 

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Kevin Deal, my English is pretty good but have no idea what facking means? A British Car Magazine review tester recently described the QV as a 4 door Ferrari. Sounds like the ideal car for you. Love your infectious enthusiasm!

Maybe this video is of you in your QV test drive? :D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=1oSnWq8yzBs
 
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Welcome to the forum, Kevin! Looked at your website--I'm also a tube enthusiast as well. I am currently running a Woo Audio WA33 with Focal Utopias most of the time (I have children and live in a smallish space in LA), but sometimes I run KEF LS50's from the WA33 to a Nuforce STA200. If I saw your amplifier, I might have gone for that instead!

But back to the car--list your specs! Carbon seats? Carbon brakes? Color?
 

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Welcome to the forum, Kevin! Looked at your website--I'm also a tube enthusiast as well. I am currently running a Woo Audio WA33 with Focal Utopias most of the time (I have children and live in a smallish space in LA), but sometimes I run KEF LS50's from the WA33 to a Nuforce STA200. If I saw your amplifier, I might have gone for that instead!

But back to the car--list your specs! Carbon seats? Carbon brakes? Color?
I bought the Tri-coat red and have everything except carbon brakes and Sparcos. I went back and forth on both of those options and decided it was fine like that. I'll be putting a JL Audio sub and amp in the rear as described in a thread on this site. Fortunately I have contacts at JL Audio as we sell their home stuff....but the sub box and amp are so inexpensive it's a must have for me at least.

I may put a laser upshifter and radar detector in it but haven't had time to drill down and find out if they are becoming a waste of time in California due to auto drive features causing false alarms and all that.

Ya we do a lot of tube audio here. For those that have never had tubes, you should at some point if you love music. It's very similar to driving the Alfa. There's just something about it that makes it interesting. I have a CLS55AMG and for anyone that knows Mercedes the supercharged V8 is the best engine they ever made, and it handles amazingly well given its weight. The power is fun, but not "tossable" like the QV. I drove the **** out of my E46...in fact the rear end fell off (they had an issue with that). It was so fun getting it sideways. Never thought I would get to do that again!
 

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I bought the Tri-coat red and have everything except carbon brakes and Sparcos. I went back and forth on both of those options and decided it was fine like that. I'll be putting a JL Audio sub and amp in the rear as described in a thread on this site. Fortunately I have contacts at JL Audio as we sell their home stuff....but the sub box and amp are so inexpensive it's a must have for me at least.

I may put a laser upshifter and radar detector in it but haven't had time to drill down and find out if they are becoming a waste of time in California due to auto drive features causing false alarms and all that.

Ya we do a lot of tube audio here. For those that have never had tubes, you should at some point if you love music. It's very similar to driving the Alfa. There's just something about it that makes it interesting. I have a CLS55AMG and for anyone that knows Mercedes the supercharged V8 is the best engine they ever made, and it handles amazingly well given its weight. The power is fun, but not "tossable" like the QV. I drove the **** out of my E46...in fact the rear end fell off (they had an issue with that). It was so fun getting it sideways. Never thought I would get to do that again!
Blind spot monitoring and automated doors are generally on K band, living in California ALMOST nobody uses K band (and of course no X-band) so the general consensus is turn off K, X and leave KA and Laser on and you will have nearly no false alerts. You're lucky there is such little K band usage there. Best windshield mounts are the V1 (configured correctly) or the Uniden R1/R3. Or, if you get ALP jammers (which are the best/highest rated) you can get NetRadar DSP which is a great remote mount. The Escort ZR5s are "wireless" which is really handy if you are looking for that as well, and is a good system that pairs with a Max 360, too.

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I wanted to post this to any potential QV buyers after having my car for a month and 600 miles.

I've owned a lot of cars including a few Ferraris, BMW M cars (M3 and M5), as well as Mercedes AMG (CLS55 and SL55), Porsches etc and have to say I'm so happy with my QV.

I had a deposit on an M3 with performance/competition pack, and I remembered how much I loved my Laguna Seca Blue E46 M3 and how lively and lightweight and edgy it felt. I felt like a Porsche, where my arms were an extension directly to the wheels and the asphalt. A feeling where driving is an experience.

I could not find a car with 4 doors that had that feeling. Mercedes are great, but too heavy. M5 too big. Porsche Panamera is a boat too. That left me with the M3. And while itr does so many things right, why they would not have a soft mode for the suspension is such a huge mistake. On California roads you can't be in a track car all day.

Those are just some of the things that make the QV so special to me. It makes the drive interesting. So interesting I'm burning up gas as I can't want to punch it, and I take alternate routes home to hit mountain roads. It's almost as quiet as my CLS55 AMG, and almost as comfortable. But while the CLS55 AMG is one of the best handling cars ever made it's still so so heavy. The single knob to change driving characteristics is VERY smart. I don't want sub-menus. The exhaust note rules. Everybody fawns over it...and they should. It's stunning.

I'm selling my Ferrari. Don't need or want it. This is more fun and LIVABLE.

So if you are a potential buyer...do it. It's really really fun.
Pretty much says it all, I was looking at an M4 and M3 until I drove the QV. After that 20 minute session the discussion was over. I've had the QV for 12,000 miles and not regretted it a single day .....
 

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Had an F80 M3 for two years. Great car, but not as perfect as the M3 Forum guys would have you believe. Had both the M3 and QV together for about 6 weeks, but quickly sold the M3 as the QV took driving to a whole new level. It is just so much more special than the M3. Currently, have about 12K miles on mine and it has been the most reliable car I’ve ever owned...and that’s saying a lot after the M3, 4 AMGs, a 500E, several other Mercedes, an Audi A8, and 4 Porsches. Congrats on the new ride, and enjoy it to the fullest!
 

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Congratulations on your Alfa!

I wouldn't go as far as selling your Ferrari.

Which model is it?

If you can afford it, keep it.

Ferrari's are the ultimate machine. I live and breathe Alfa's but you cannot compare them to a Ferrari.

I am more of a classic Alfa guy.

Next purchase will be early 60's Giulia to go along with my 92 Spider and 17 Giulia!
 

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Good point lgb, and welcome Kevin!

I wouldn't say there is NO comparison between Alfas and Ferraris. They are family! Whether you call them brother and sister or mother and child. It's so awesome having a Ferrari block and twin turbos under our carbon bonnets. I just checked Aldous Voice's market watch on 360s and while it looks pretty flat over the winter, mileage is not as big a deal for good cars recently. I kinda went to town on my insurance last year and added like 13% to cover appreciation after losing my 348 the year before. I am thinking now I may back that off to 5% and save a little since the market is pretty flat. But I am definitely keeping a cushion because the reality of distracted drivers on the road is potentially too traumatic to go "commando." ;)

My Quad is parked in the lot, basking in the sun here at work. Nice dash visor in the cabin. My 6x60 roll of Xpel arrived last night. I will add more wrap to the front of the rear fender flares. The stance and flare is so wicked that I picked up a chip on the drivers side last week. It's small and I filled it but it needs armor. My skirts and rear of rear wells were done already.

Enjoy! :D
 

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The other day I exited a Whole Foods parking lot in northeast Phoenix. As I stopped at the first light I encountered on Mayo Blvd., a gargantuan white Bentley pulled alongside. As the light turned green, the (female) driver decided to gun it. So I let my QV go and I left her in the dust. Granted, she may have bailed out, but oh, what a feeling!
 

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Congratulations on your Alfa!

I wouldn't go as far as selling your Ferrari.

Which model is it?

If you can afford it, keep it.

Ferrari's are the ultimate machine. I live and breathe Alfa's but you cannot compare them to a Ferrari.

I am more of a classic Alfa guy.

Next purchase will be early 60's Giulia to go along with my 92 Spider and 17 Giulia!

V12 Ferrari all day..550/575 even a 456GTM:grin2:
 

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:D Then there's the 599XX, but only on track hehe.


Do not fear the shift robot, whether F1 or ZF TC. :D
 
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