This limited-run special edition Alfa Romeo marks the end of the 4C Spider production in North America.
The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider is soon to be dead in North America. Following on from the death of its coupe counterpart last year, the roadster version of Alfa’s sports car has too been canned by the Italian automaker for the 2021 model year.
There is however some solace to be found within this very sad piece of news, as Alfa Romeo have decided to send off this little roadster in style, with the launch of this new limited run 33 Stradale Tributo edition of the 4C Spider.
As the name suggests, this send-off edition of the 4C Spider is inspired by the 1967 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale, the brand’s legendary mid-engine sports car. Finished in an exclusive Rosso Villa d’Este tri-coat exterior colour, and complete with grey-gold staggered 5-hole alloy wheels, one has to admit that it does look pretty alike to the car which it draws its inspiration from.
Continuing on the topic of red, these special edition 4C Spiders also feature, for the first time ever, a red transparent finish on its carbon fibre monocoque chassis instead of the usual black. Other exterior enhancements on this limited run sports car includes a carbon fibre halo and rear wing, Italian flag mirror caps, piano-black front air intake and rear diffuser, bi-xenon headlights and some new “Centro Stile Alfa Romeo” badges dotted around the car.
Moving onto the performance aspect, the powertrain on this special Alfa Romeo remains the same, though it is spiced up somewhat with a standard Akrapovic dual-mode dual-tip central exit exhaust. Featuring an all-aluminium turbocharged 1,750 cc four cylinder mounted in the middle of the car, power and torque figures for this peppy little engine are rated at 237 hp and 350 Nm respectively.
Mated to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission, the 4C Spider is capable of a 0 – 100 km/h sprint time in a healthy 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 260 km/h (160 mph). Saying that, much like any Alfa Romeo, where this 1.1 tonne (2,500 lbs) lightweight sports car excels is when the going gets twisty. Now even more so, thanks to standard race-tuned suspension that is featured on this special edition.
Stepping inside, the 33 Stradale Tributo edition gains a few luxury touches within the typically spartan cabin of the 4C Spider. Most notable of which are the new black Dinamica suede and tobacco leather sport seats. Much like any special edition too, this limited-run Alfa Romeo gains the usual dedicated commemorative plaques on the dash, side sills and centre console, the last of which is progressively numbered according to the production run.
Speaking of the production run, only 33 of these commemorative roadsters will be made, and all of them are destined for North America. Arriving in February next year, each one of these special edition Alfa Romeos will cost from $81,590 (RM 332,000). Aside from the car itself, included too within this eye-watering price is a matching, numbered book designed by Alfa Romeo Centro Stile which chronicles the life of the 4C, as well as the history of the revered 33 Stradale.
PRESS RELEASE: Alfa Romeo unveiled the 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo, inspired by the 1967 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale, the brand’s legendary mid-engine sports car. Only 33 units of this limited-edition 4C Spider will be produced for North America.
“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,” said Tim Kuniskis, Global Head of Alfa Romeo. “The 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo is an instant Alfa Romeo classic that passes the torch to the next generation of iconic Alfa Romeo vehicles, including the upcoming Tonale PHEV crossover that will start production next year.”
The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo comes exclusively in Rosso Villa d’Este tri-coat exterior color, with gray-gold 5-hole alloy wheels (18-inch front/19-inch rear) and composite sport seats covered in black Dinamica® suede and tobacco leather. Prominently displayed in the cockpit, the 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo features dedicated plaques on the dash, side sills and center console, the last of which is progressively numbered. Customers also get treated to a matching, numbered book designed by Centro Stile (Design Center) that chronicles the 4C’s design concept, technology, materials and Modena assembly facility as well as the history of the 33 Stradale.
The 4C’s racing pedigree is evident in its state-of-the-art Formula One-inspired carbon fiber monocoque chassis, presented for the first time in a red transparent finish. Further, much of the 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo’s equipment, previously optional, comes standard, including an Akrapovic dual-mode center-mounted exhaust, race-tuned suspension, bi-xenon headlamps, battery charger, car cover, suede/leather seats and carbon fiber halo, rear wing and Italian flag mirror caps. A similarly specified 4C Spider would carry an MSRP of thousands more. Completing the refined exterior treatment are new “Centro Stile Alfa Romeo” badges and available piano-black front air intake and rear diffuser.
The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo’s advanced technologies include a 6-speed Alfa twin-clutch transmission and all-aluminum 1750cc turbocharged engine with direct-injection, dual intercoolers and variable-valve timing, producing 237 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. Weighing less than 2,500 pounds, the 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo delivers an impressive 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 2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo marks the final production run of the 4C Spider for North America.