Thanks for all the comments and questions. Herewith a few more clarifying points:
Right from the outset with the Brera I tried my best to properly bond with the car, but that just never really happened. My very 1st Alfa was a 1.5 Sprint Veloce many years ago, and as of then I was hooked by the quirkiness and character that was nowhere else to be found. Thereafter followed a string of great Alfa's but as the family grew up and more space was needed, I eventually ended up buying an Alfa 166, but that was the biggest disappointment ever. It was slow with the most terrible auto gearbox (no manual available at that time) and that eventually made me do the German thing for quite a few years until I bought a Land Rover Discovery 3 V8 as family car and the GTA as my re-entry back into the Alfa world and to use it as my daily transport to the office and back.
Since then and a few year later, the Land Rover got traded on a new Discovery 4 V8 as the family car, the GTA underwent a huge amount of work and moved into semi-retirement (to allow more time for more development work) and the Brera arrived as my daily driver.
As far as the Jaguar is concerned, it is also a brand that I always loved, but in almost Alfa type fashion went through a patch of building some questionable quality cars, but over the recent few years they managed to restore their place of old in the motoring world and are now building some absolutely stunning motor cars. The XKR in particular has always been on my “drool” list, and I almost by accident stumbled across this one, and once I saw and drove it, it was game over...
It is definitely (as mentioned above) in a completely different class to the Brera, but what a car. It is just unbelievable, the power, the V8 sound, the fit and finish. I would have preferred to buy something like an 8C, but there are none available in SA, and they also only come in left hand drive. Thereafter the XKR made perfect sense, and thus far I am glad I did it.