Let me remind you that colour is extremely subjective (and that is not even delving into the psychology of colour here)and from an emperical standpoint, after owning 2 Breras and countless other Alfa's; I can honestly say that the Paint Job on the new Italia Independant is extremely user friendly and vastly easier to maintain that any other car I have ever had. Although like any good paint job, prevention is key, so like any other car I have had it has been wrapped in strategic locations to help protect it and it has already paid for itself by protecting agaist stone chips, water stains, bird poop etc etc. Its done 4000kms with zero issues with most of those kms done via long distance travelling with washing and cleaning the car less of a chore and more of a car-caress. Next I will be using the "Frost wrap" so that it retains its matt finish but that will be next year after all the updates i have planned.
Several other members from the Japan Alfa club with myself have even parked our cars along the street in Repongi as well as Ginza to show them off so to speak in comparative terms (something I dont car for) and 85% of people were asking and paying far more attention to the Brera-ii from a positive perspective as well as wow factor. It is defenitly a "Guys" car and as a result, has given it so much more masculinity with a more subtle show-pony aesthetic with excellent individuality. Everywhere I go people turn their heads to look at it because it is simply unlike anything on the road today...unless you count the backside perspective of the porsche 928's.
It's not everyone cup-o-tea and certainly not with a lemon if you get my inferred meaning...!
The car has so much more subtle presence without having to visually yell out to all that its there and the sleek factor alone is just awesome. The only other colour I would own in this model now after having the Brera-ii would be either black, that slightly metalic pearly white special edition (here in Japan) and that it.
Honestly though, Alfa could have/SHOULD have done so much more to this to make it a winner and a timeless classic worth its weight in gold, but the typical arsess who ordain themselves wisely incharge of the whole show, penny-pinched the numbers to the point of slow death. It has had immense rave reviews from so many contexts that, if were not for the following nameless factors that we are all too familiar with, Alfa would be in a different possition now. But to put it simply, they just seem to take short term gain over the long term investment...!?
The only sad thing is...I was so seriously hoping that Alfa would update and make MUCH more sleaker the Brera with the new Pentstar engine or the maserati mill WITH a turbo or even TWIN - yeah right!!!; lighten the whole show up as well as tweek the AWD system and Q-4, improve the interior fit and finish as well as tweek the exterior body, if then only to rival the group it finds itself in. My god...I would sell the missus to get that.
I just worry that there will never be another coupe worth getting below 100-g's in this marque before its demise. With forcaster punting in that direction given the future market changes...
There is a Spider Independent for sale at my local dealer.
Apart from the finish I did comment that the Spider had the odd 'blotch' and even stain on the 'paintwork'. Apparently that's how they go out - no encouragement to clean them at all.
I'm sorry but if I want a used appliance that appears to be covered in marked 'teflon' I'll reach for my cooking utensils thanks. Producing a car with this kind of finish looks ridiculous.
It also looks revolting imho
Sorry for the Typos...morning coffee is just not hitting the right note