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    Question on #Alfa-Romeo 164 Q4

    Having just come across an #Alfa-Romeo-164 / #Alfa-Romeo-164-Q4 for sale in the UK, I asked myself what on earth a 164 Q4 was. Apparently it’s a four-wheel drive version of the 164 – I never even knew that such a car existed! It’s not particularly cheap at £14,940, but I’m intrigued. Have you ever driven one? If so, what’s it like? And what might I be getting myself into if I take the plunge?
    • It’s not surprising you’ve never heard of the 164 Q4, as it was never sold in the UK. It hardly sold like hot cakes anywhere else, either – just over It’s not surprising you’ve never heard of the 164 Q4, as it was never sold in the UK. It hardly sold like hot cakes anywhere else, either – just over 1200 were sold from 1993 to 1997. Perhaps four exist in the UK today.

      Launched in 1993, the four-wheel drive Q4 system was unique to this car, sending power to the rear axle in a continuously variable rate. The suspension is unique, too, with electronic struts and a Sport setting. The Getrag six-speed manual gearbox was another never-before- used item.

      Sounding crazy? You’re right, it is – and that’s the biggest challenge to running one.

      We actually featured a 164 Q4 in our June 2017 issue, and we loved it. The 3.0-litre V6 24V engine is fabulous but it’s the handling we were really impressed with: “You really sense everything as you tackle each bend, and the turn in is sensational,” we said. “It’s so grippy that you have to be doing something silly to get it out of shape on bends. It’s a revelation.”
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