Swan Song for the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider in the U.S.
The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider is at the end of the road in the U.S. Unlike some cases, in which models are dropped with little fanfare, FCA has decided to send the 4C out in style with the roll out of the 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo, a salute to the ’67 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale.
Just 33 Stradale Tributos will be produced for North America, in Rosso Villa d’Este tri-coat paint, red carbon fiber monocoque, gray-gold five-hole 18-inch front and 19-inch rear alloy wheels, and a black suede and tobacco leather interior.
The 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo is powered by an all-aluminum 1750cc turbocharged engine with direct-injection, dual intercoolers and variable-valve timing, producing 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, backed by a six-speed Alfa twin-clutch transmission. Weighing less than 2,500 pounds, the 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo has a power-to-weight ratio of 10.4 lb/hp, and achieves 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 160 mph.
The 4C’s carbon fiber monocoque chassis appears for the first time in a red transparent finish. Much of the vehicle’s previously optional equipment is standard on the Stradale Tributo, including an Akrapovic exhaust system, race-tuned suspension, bi-xenon headlamps, battery charger, car cover, suede/leather seats and carbon fiber halo, rear wing and Italian flag mirror caps. Similarly optioned, a 4C Spider would cost thousands over its base price. Completing the refined exterior treatment are Centro Stile Alfa Romeo commemorative badges and an optional piano-black front air intake and rear diffuser.
Built in Modena, Italy, and designed by Centro Stile Alfa Romeo, in the cockpit, the Stradale Tributo has plaques on the dash, side sills and one which is numbered on the center console. Buyers also get a matching, numbered book that chronicles the 4C’s design concept, technology, and materials, as well as the 33 Stradale’s history.
Select dealers, and probably not your CDJR outlet in Kansas, will receive the 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo, with pricing starting at $79,995 US, excluding title, taxes, destination charges, and the usual dealer markup for a vehicle so rare. Interesting in buying one? You can contact firstname.lastname@example.org and they’ll tell you where you can find your unicorn.
Despite this statement from Tim Kuniskis, Global Head of Alfa Romeo, who said, “Since its introduction in 2014, the 4C has been a halo vehicle for Alfa Romeo, exciting enthusiasts around the world and spearheading the relaunch of the brand in North America,” the 2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo marks the final production run of the 4C Spider for North America.
[Images: Alfa Romeo]
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