I considered the additional costs on 19" tyres and what I wanted and instead bought a 2008 model year non S 2.2 and put the S bits on it that I wanted (exhausts).
That's exactly what I've done Ghosty! Bought my 2.2. for £7400, got the 19" rims & acceleras for £1750, and the S silencers bought and fitted for just under £375. That's £9525 for a car that IMHO looks 99% as good as the S and cost a fair few grand less, but with skyview, and the alloy dash which I much prefer to the red stitched leather.
I always get frustrated when people talk about mpg, you know what it is when you buy it, or at least you should...we all buy Breras for their looks not their economy! And equally we forgive the lack of feel and handling because we feel so damn amazing driving such a gorgeous car that you barely ever see on the road. I could buy a 3 series diesel and have much better mpg and handling, but I sure would miss that feeling of driving about in my Brera a whole lot more.
I was gonna say rant over but it kind of feels like a love letter as well!