I've seen this sentiment a few times for plenty of different car comparisons but I don't get it. The mustang is also 800lbs more than the GT3RS and costs half as much. People generally have a budget to hit when they buy a car and then shop for the car that best fits their needs/wants on that price range. Automakers choose different methods to produce the best performance package. Porsche targeted low weight, refinement, and agility over power. Ford chose brute Force. At the end of the day they were neck and neck but you can buy two of the Mustang for the same price as the Porsche. So one automaker chose a more cost effective package to give the same results. Granted, this was one flying lap and the results are only valid for this track but it's still super impressive to see a Mustang that is keeping up with a GT3 RS on track.It has a much beefier torque curve and nearly 300 more HP. While impressive, not so much given the power difference
2 seat styles in Stelvio the base /Ti seats are pretty flat but the TiSport /Quad seats are heavily bolsterd and fit up to a 43-44 jacket 36 waist individual nicely. Ride/ handling ratio is a new benchmark thus all the awards. Motor has some of the best tech in the industry and weight is a key here.Do you see Geely buying motors from Alfa? I'm being cereal here. Mercedes....they have a stake there. And it's good brand cross pollination for sales. Mercedes engine like the big boys. But it will come from Geely in some form with Lotus tuning (as you say) and probably as it should. Maybe they'll build a motor or two just for Lotus?
Not saying the Alfa isn't a fine device. I've driven a 2L Stelvio and the Quadrifoglio and they were both really nice. The Stelvio (2 liter) was low spec and had what I thought were terrible seats, very bad fit for me. Otherwise dandy. I don't remember thinking that in the Q4.
I mean, all current Lotus have powertrains designed for FWD, just moved to the rear axle.Mercedes is at 416 yet only 369 Tq. Sorry germany....build quality in that baby benz is nothing to be that proud of IMHO. FWD based also. YUCK.