Alfa's are classic Italian cars with classic Italian styling. The traditional Alfa colour scheme was always red with natural (tan) leather. Honestly
if this scheme was so "yuck" or untrendy etc etc then trust me, the Italians wouldn't have come up with it and you certainly wouldn't be able to spec it on order, for example, not being allowed red with blue leather! I've had nothing but positive comments with regard to the colour scheme from people who've actually seen/sat in my car!
Sure, everyone has their own tastes (I actually quite like the 159 in black) but can we pleeeease all realise that this is what makes us individuals and gives us personality....
... After all, the last car we'll ALL end up in will be a black estate with black leather
22 Alfas since 1991:-
21 with cloth interiors, 1 with leather.
2 red cars, the rest silver, blue, black, white, beige and brown.
It seems a fairly recent notion to me that Alfas should have tan leather (or any leather at all). It's a sales spin thing from the last few years.
Best Alfa interiors for me were the Sud Ti with red carpets, black cloth seats with red Ti logos, and the Sprint QV with green carpets, black cloth seats with green (can't remember if it was spots or what).
What benefit is there to leather? It's purely visual. It's a trend like leather sofas. Nice to look at but not really as nice to live with.
It's another example of modern Alfas being all style over substance.
Thank goodness their addressing this now with some new engines (TBi, Multiair, etc).