After flirting shamelessly with the GT Spec B, I decided to save some $$ and go with the 5 speed SE, but I want spoked wheels. Dealer will put Spec B wheels on the SE for $1,500 plus the cost of tires (I get to keep the old wheels and tires).
I am ready to go ahead, but it occurs to me there may be better after market alternatives. Don't really care about the 17 vs. 18 inches so much as the look of the wheels themselves. Anything that used the 17 inch tires that come with the car would be a big plus in terms of $$.
I was also thinking of keeping the old wheels and tires for winter.
PS, I am putting the $$ I am saving by not getting a Spec B towards a two seater for summer fun.