No worries oz5000,
I'm sure we all have cars that we lusted and wanted for ages for being old enough, or having the funds to own one. You've made it, achieved your ambition as a 19 year old.
When I typed my response I was wondering how much car makers facelift cars just to help them shift off of the showroom floor, the need for new buyers to be seen in the latest and greatest and how hard it must be to get someone to part with £20K plus for a car that looks the same as it did when it was realeased.
I'm not sure how they could have refreshed the look without going for the corporate grille. Colours? Newer, different colours like the Audi lifestyle shades or whatever they were called? Some vents? A few subtle Honda Fireblade tailpiece like shark gill vents along the side of the front clamshell bonnet? Do vents feature in Alfa's past?
CAR Magazine did a front cover in the late 80s bemoaning the face that the front of many cars looked the same because they were straight jacketed into having the company face, and it seems brand identity means that cars again are having to conform to have having a corporate look whether it works or not.
What comparative cars were facelifted? The Fiat Coupe? The Peugeot 406 Coupe? The Ford Cougar? The Honda Prelude? The VW Corrado?
Some cars can't be facelifted. When the 308GTB went from Fibre Glass to Metal Ferrari didn't alter the styling.
I wounldn't worry about your choice, your GTV will still turn my head and perhaps seeing one pass by would get me to reconsider my opinion?