RE: Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Italia heads to US

RE: Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Italia heads to US

Friday 8th February

Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Italia heads to US

Just 15 examples of Modena's convertible are being made as production nears an end



It feels odd describing the Alfa Romeo 4C as a bit long in the tooth because it looks as youthful today as it did back in 2013. But the sports car is closing in on the final leg of production with no direct successor due, so forgive us if we begin to reappreciate its stunning form via a pair of rose tinted spectacles. Before we get all teary-eyed, however, Alfa's not given up on the pretty two-seater just yet, as shown by a new model, of which only 15 examples are due to be made.

The 4C Spider Italia - which we suspect is named as such to link the model with the supercars from Alfa's more sporting cousin from down the road - is a US-only model with some extra bits as standard to set it apart from the regular cabriolet. The Italia is finished in Misano Blue Metallic, a shade that's exclusive to the variant, and gets a piano black front air intake and rear diffuser. There are also Italia decals on the rear quarters.


Inside, there's an aluminium dash insert with the 4C Spider Italia logo and a numbered plate on the centre console, to remind your passenger that only 14 other cars are finished in this specification. And, well, that's all, because the rest of the car is standard 4C Spider, meaning Alfa's 1.7-litre turbo four lives just behind your head and produces 240hp with 258lb ft of torque. 62mph comes in 4.5 seconds and top speed is still 161mph.

That six years after the Alfa 4C was first launched it remains an exotic-looking package, both in terms of design and hardware, speaks volumes for the original effort. Although despite its compact dimensions and carbon tub-enabled lightness, it never managed to invigorate driving enthusiasts like, say, the Alpine A110. Sales for the 4C coupe weren't enough to ensure its survival beyond 2018, and the Spider's demise could be months, rather than years, away.

Alfa plans to indirectly replace the 4C with a coupe version of the Giulia, which could be a mighty fine thing indeed. The top version of that car will go toe-to-toe with the next BMW M4 armed, if we're to believe the rumours, with a V6 hybrid boosted by an energy recovery system. Quite the contrast to the comparably pared-back 4C, but as the Giulia Quadrifoglio saloon has shown, one that has much potential to thrust Alfa back into the enthusiast spotlight.



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Mafffew

Original Poster:

1,275 posts

49 months

Friday 8th February
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It is a shame it didn't get good reviews. I still want one though cloud9

Ruskins

193 posts

59 months

Friday 8th February
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All it needed was a suspension tweak and a better steering wheel...

kambites

55,876 posts

159 months

Friday 8th February
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I still don't get all the gushing over its looks. It has some nice details but overall it's just plain ugly to my eyes.

Crazy4557

181 posts

132 months

Friday 8th February
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I think they could have been a bit more imaginative about the colour. Seems they've asked what paint colour needs using up in the store because it doesn't sell well and seen a random pot of blue that would be enough for 15 cars.

underphil

1,007 posts

148 months

Friday 8th February
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these look so much better in real life compared to the pictures
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craig_m67

448 posts

126 months

Friday 8th February
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Hésus, they saved the best colour until last.

This is a bucket list item for me (an Alfa tragic)
I will have one, to go alongside my Misano Blue Duetto

Yeah baby!!

Richard A

173 posts

114 months

Friday 8th February
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kambites said:
I still don't get all the gushing over its looks. It has some nice details but overall it's just plain ugly to my eyes.
I'm with you on that. Like a lot of modern efforts, the designers got hooked up on details and bling and failed to shape a coherent whole.

The rear with it's funny little overbite bootlid and droopy, wavy diffuser detail is a case in point - it just looks a mess.

I also think that they tried to incorporate influences, e.g. Scaglione's Tipo 33 Stradale, without really understanding what they were doing.

In addition, it's too wide, too blobby from the rear 3/4 and only available as an auto, although I'll admit that the last point is not so much of an issue these days as a lot of folk are happy with the car doing a lot of the driving for them + it saved development costs (see also Alpine etc.).

big_rob_sydney

2,210 posts

132 months

Friday 8th February
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Much as I like the 4C, this just smacks of "runout special".

I wonder if anyone from Porsche has jumped ship to teach them how to flog a few cars.

captJYossarian

6 posts

27 months

Friday 8th February
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Crazy4557 said:
I think they could have been a bit more imaginative about the colour. Seems they've asked what paint colour needs using up in the store because it doesn't sell well and seen a random pot of blue that would be enough for 15 cars.
You might be onto something. Mizano Blue was one of the posh colours on the Brera.

DeejRC

806 posts

20 months

Friday 8th February
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Which pillock wrote this twaddle?

bobo

1,640 posts

216 months

Friday 8th February
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the only sub 60k car that you can park next to an italia without it looking like a toy.....

goodwoood crowd around my black one with the bright orange exige v6 with big wing getting no attention next to it .... bit embarrassing .... true pics dont do these things justice.

shame about the dodgy setup from new though...

ocrx8

710 posts

134 months

Friday 8th February
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Simply stunning. Think I’m in the minority here but I prefer the launch headlights on the coupe.

Glade

3,254 posts

161 months

Friday 8th February
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I saw one in the flesh recently and it looked so much better than I thought... lower and wider.

I guess this car will appreciate.. for sure it's headline power isn't great, but I bet for the same reasons MX-5 have appeal, this will be an exotic version of that.

The people who can't afford a 458 spider, this will be access to carbon tub exotic fantasy world. Theres something a bit special about it it think

noble12345

277 posts

154 months

Friday 8th February
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What sank this beauty and stopped me buying one was the ridiculous service costs every 2 yrs and they said it could only go on a ramp at a very few alfa specialist dealers who had those special ramps. fk that when i get a puncture i want a tyre asap not to be held hostage, travel hundreds of miles on a trailer to get raped by a greedy bh.

What sank the spider was that some dumbass decided it was a good idea to leave the roof ontop of the windscreen, making it black didnt hide the fact the screen looked too high and too far back. Despite how good it looked in videos, in real life from side on, with the roof off, the opening is way too small and looks toy car like.

Shame as after getting out of a 650s this felt so much better to sit in and get in and out of. SO many people LOVED this car and like me didnt even bother to test drive it. And to think Abarth had their roadster canned for this, they had to rebody an MX5 which just looks like a kit car merc. Alfa just pissed this right up the wall imo.


MawsleyCarValeting

207 posts

122 months

Friday 8th February
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My Launch Edition of 3 years now sits in my heated garage waiting for summer. To understand this car first you must own one.

MawsleyCarValeting

207 posts

122 months

Friday 8th February
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ocrx8 said:
Simply stunning. Think I’m in the minority here but I prefer the launch headlights on the coupe.
Me too.

flight147z

455 posts

67 months

Friday 8th February
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kambites said:
I still don't get all the gushing over its looks. It has some nice details but overall it's just plain ugly to my eyes.
rolleyes Really?

Out of interest could you name some cars you consider "good looking?"


woody33

140 posts

46 months

Saturday 9th February
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I'm the same. Having seen it in the flesh, it looks amazing. Typical Alfa though, came out of the factory with a long list of issues......which once fixed..... becomes a brilliant car.

PeterGadsby

973 posts

101 months

Saturday 9th February
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Mafffew said:
It is a shame it didn't get good reviews. I still want one though cloud9
I have a 4c coupe and it's fantastic. It has its faults (very low so grounds out for example & moves around a bit on bumpy roads, however it gives it a personality that you really don't get with many cars.

I couldn't run it as a daily (have a Focus RS for that), however as a fun Sunday blast car it's lovely.

If you can afford one go for it,

- Pete

T5GRF

1,460 posts

202 months

Saturday 9th February
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I like that Colour very much but still prefer Giallo prototipo.
As some have said, the 4c looks much better "in the composite" than it does in pictures.
The nervous handling can largely be fixed with a £450 modification.
I love mine and will be hanging on to it for a very long time.