Re: Modified, or Standard?
Everyone's got their own philosophy. Some people like Japanese cars that look like Airfix kits of Darth Vaders helmet with christmas tree lights and wings. Others like a blueprinted classic with gleaming chrome and original parts. Horses for courses really.
Me, I still think there's room for slight improvements once a car leaves the factory. All engineers, designers, stylists etc that are responsible for building a car have to stick to budgets and inevtiably, certain components will be compromised. Nothing is perfect in engineering, designs I send out can be improved upon but we don't have the budget to fine tune everything to 100% of its capacity and fit gold-plated, diamond encrusted knobs and buttons to a control panel no-one that will be visited once every 6 months.
Orange side repeaters on a black car look out of place so I replaced mine with black ones. Also replaced the standard aerial with a stubby one and had a remap put through the engine. The 147 looks like it needs to be lowered - too much showing between the wheels and the arches, especially at the rear but that's a job for when the suspension needs doing. I think Alfa have done a better job than most manufacturers to make a car look 'good' with their choice of materials and curves in the car but I still think it can be improved.
I don't see the point of replacing parts for the sake if it. When something breaks, uprate it instead of replacing perfectly good parts with better ones. After all, 99% of us will never take the Alfa on a track and adjustable suspension is lost on the road. Would like to change the 16" alloys for 17s but can't justify throwing away a perfectly good set of wheels and tyres for the hell of it.