I am fortunate enough to have secured a production slot for late 2014 (UK) and need to finalise spec soon. If I am completely honest, I am probably not going often to be in the position to enjoy the extra % gain from the sports suspension, but will enjoy a better ride more of the time. Likewise the exhaust. Do people think that will affect my ability to sell the car further down the line (much further down the line I hope)?
Had a long discussion with the dealer on this. I will be using mine to replace the GTV6, which means strictly hooning on the sunday morning. So sports suspension for me, but the dealer have ordered one for themselves without it so that they driver around town a bit more. Neither of us think this will have a big impact on resale values. It's only a matter of time before Autodelta and/or Prodrive and the lot offers something similar. Also I am convinced the smaller wheels are lighter and better. Note the Nurburgring car had the smaller ones (although not in all press shots
). But I just love the teledials so specced them.
On the exhaust : not so sure. From what I hear the car has no Certificate of Conformity but some kind exemption paperwork. I know that on the CoC what is not specified is not allowed (where I live) so I took the open exhaust so I have all options open to me later.
Secondly, I am not even that bothered about the carbon lights: I am thinking of having black anyway, so figure the standard lights may look OK with that. Any thoughts would be welcome.
I ordered black with standard lights. The carbon ones are silly expensive and perhaps some aftermarket will come out that is nicer. Actually the lights have grown on me in particular on a black car. After all they are not totally unlike a Zonda. I saw some standard ones and they are actually more like medium grey. Truly hideous. If they are like that on mine I will have them either wrapped or I'll spray them myself (I know my limits but this I can do).
Finally, if people think that standard lights is a absolute no-no, I may as well go for the full luxury pack, and spec leather seats too. Any thoughts on whether leather seats are a must anyway? (Also, if I go for carbon, the argument for black car recedes, so may go for the red - it is an Alfa, after all)
No leather seats for me. Leather makes me sweat like an otter. Perhaps I will have them retrimmed in oxblood or tan Alcantara later on some time.