Alfa Romeo 166 TS

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Description: Today is May 22nd, 2006, and I literally just realized this website is now 2 years old. Cool. Very cool! What am I doing about it? Well I'm not having any party. Uh, no champagne or girls, not even

Today is May 22nd, 2006, and I literally just realized this website is now 2 years old. Cool. Very cool! What am I doing about it? Well I'm not having any party. Uh, no champagne or girls, not even a bonghit! ;) I'm just lying in bed waiting for sleep with a couple homeopathic Hyland's Calm pills down my throat. And instead of a party, I have a question: What has your Gran Turismo experience been lately?

Most of us are no doubt exploring GT4. Me? I've been plugging away at the long list of races in GT3. a full 4 years behind the rest of the world. Not only that, but lately I even went back and did several races in GT2! How's that for regression?

So the latest car I drove is (get ready) the Alfa Romeo 166 2.0 TS 16v. Not exactly the cream of the GT crop, I realize, and I know you just can't hold your enthusiasm any longer, but just bear with me. I've actually been curious about the 166 (and the slightly smaller 156) for awhile now. After all, they are loser cars in GT2. and to me ‘loser’ is just another word for ‘challenge’! Rarely do I back down from a true autonomous challenge (at least in videogame driving sims).

For my latest foray, I took the 2.0 to the Trail Mountain Enduro. Seemed appropriate since Alfas occasionally make an appearance at this event, and perform no better than bagpipes at an Ashram. Watch them as they sluggishly make it around the track's fifteen curves. taking a pit after a miserable 8 or 9 laps! Ooof. Well guess what? I didn't lose! I didn't think I would, but I was also surprised at how driveable this car actually is. especially when compared to the lighter 155. I even raced against the leading Lotus sports car a full 16 laps till my front tires were going red. Why is it that the drones can't do this? I also recently raced the biggest, baddest 166 of all: the 3.0 V6. Please. hold your applause. and ladies. keep your panties on till after this thrilling review. But stick aroudn till. after the review. ;-D

Like other ARs, you can buy the 166 and have it your way with many different colors to choose. But beware: these are heavy models and not suitable for many. Some of them can be race-hopped, but for the purpose of this review I drove with stock body parts or (at the most) a Stage 1 weight reduction. Which is almost the same thing in Gran Turismo 2, unlike any other GT where Stage 1 removes a significant amount of weight.



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