I hope these pictures of my new bella may be of interest. She's an Italia Independent 1750 TBi, and the photos were taken on Dartmoor. (I notice that I can't use IMG tags - perhaps too young an account - so the larger photos are available at the Images Gallery, Member section)
The unusual finish is much, much nicer in real life. The sun really brings out a satin sheen that invites a gentle stroking. (I fear arrest may be imminent...) The black wheels were my biggest worry albeit that they are growing on me and seem much a better fit on the Brera than the Spider. I may still have them re-done in silver or anthracite, but one can't deny how striking the car looks in the daylight, and much more attractive than when I looked at one in the showroom.
The car attracts a ridiculous amount of attention - I've had complete strangers wander up and start conversations. After taking these pictures, I climbed away from where I'd parked the car to enjoy the sunshine. Looking back down the tor, I could see several walkers and visitors buzzing around the car and taking photos themselves!
The TBi engine is really enjoyable to drive, especially around the lanes and windy country roads. Fuel consumption is disappointing though - only a few mpg better than the 2.2 JTS and on the long run back from Shropshire at a very steady 70 mph (I drive like a bat out of hell on the country roads, but see no point in doing so on boring motorways) she registered a fairly poor (IMO) 34.4 mpg over the 200 miles. It's a much nicer 'feeling' engine though.
The big oddity to me was the lack of an SV roof. I mean, there's an enormous lump of black glass weighing the car down, but no blind to open, just a very dark roof. Perhaps it was an option to order, but it does seem bizarre to me to put everything but a blind in the car. If they wanted a solid roof, surely they could have replaced the glass with metal or carbon fibre for less weight (also in theme)? Ah well.
I'm also much more impressed by the standard satnav than I expected to me. It's much higher definition than I thought, though not a touch screen. It recognises pretty tiny B roads too, which is useful for this neck of the woods.
I'm very happy overall. She's a cracking drive. I hope the pictures do her justice.