It doesn’t have power steering, there’s barely any sound deadening, and the turbocharged engine roars like Earth, Wind & Fire. Not just the epic R&B, soul, funk, jazz, disco, pop, dance, Latin, and Afro-pop band but those combined mighty elements of the universe, too. It’s raw and direct and all the things those of us addicted to cars are supposed to love. Not that very many of us spent actual money to buy it. And now the Alfa Romeo 4C has gone out in a blaze of red carbon fiber and Rosso Villa d’Este tri-coat paint.
The 4C has been on sale since 2014, so it’s not like you didn’t have a chance to buy one. But you didn’t buy one, did you? You can’t have one of these final 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo models, either. All 33 for North America have already been sold. Considering the 4C’s microscopic sales through the years, that these last ones have been snapped up immediately is surprising, too.
To those of us with taste, a sense of history, and the courage of our convictions, Alfa Romeo’s original 33 Stradale is the most beautiful four-wheeled vehicle ever conceived. There isn’t a straight edge on it, the glass itself swoops and swirls improbably, and it was powered by a 2.0-liter V-8 that made sounds Verdi would have included in La Traviata had he been around to hear them. There’s some 33 Stradale in the appearance and appeal of the 4C, but only some. The Tributo adds sugar to the 4C in the form of gorgeous red carbon fiber that envelops the cockpit like a continuous ribbon of cherry Jolly Rancher candy. The Tipo 33 was beautiful in shape and form. The 4C 33 Stradale Tributo is gorgeous in detail and finish. For the full story, check out this article from Car And Driver.