How do you prefer to spec your Alfas?
I was interested to see that the new 159Ti, despite being loaded with some £4-5Ks worth of extras for a paltry additional £750, cannot be further configured, i.e., if you want Bose or Xenons for example, you'll have to get down on your knees before your dealer with a a large wad of cash and beg him to work some dealer-fit magic.
The Ti is a lovely looking car with a great spec, but I'm disappointed that there is no personalisation offered. At a time when most competitors and indeed, other manufacturers under the Fiat umbrella, are moving towards a personalisation model with numberous combinations of spec. available, Alfa persists in a limited choice route and non-configurable 'special editions' (Ti, Collezione, Blackline), which collectively don't seem to follow any particular theme or strategy.
I'm fortunate that, through my partner, I benefit from the Alfa Group purchase scheme, at the moment offering a whopping 20% discount on all 159 models (except the Ti, where discount is likely to be zilch). Financially, it would make more sense for me to spec-up a 3.2 Lusso to precisely what I desire but then I can't add the key Ti parts like 19"s, sports seats, body kit, etc., all of which I'd like.
Why can't Alfa offer the equivalent of 'Sport-line' packs for those looking for better dynamics and a more sporting look, rather than coralling those addendum within the confines of a special-edition range which precludes further personalisation?
Am I alone in this thinking?
Any idea how I add a signature?