Alfa Romeo killed the 4C Spider after only six years in production. But it died in style with a 33 Stradale Tributo edition, inspired by the 1967 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale. However, it’s too late to buy a new one because all 33 North American units are spoken for.
The 2021 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo retailed for $81,590, almost $13,000 more than the regular 4C. According to Car and Driver, the model’s outstanding performance makes it a worthy purchase. So why did American consumers ignore the Alfa Romeo 4C?
Driving the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo
The 2021 Alfa Romeo 4C packs a 237-hp turbo-four and a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Though some drivers might long for a manual gearbox, the 4C still feels zippy. Weighing only 2,500 pounds, it can dash from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds.
Its sporty suspension also works well in hairpin turns, but the 4C’s ride quality suffers as a result. Additionally, its lightweight carbon construction allows road noise to penetrate the cabin easily.
The transmission and steering wheel are also quick to respond to driver inputs. Unfortunately, the transmission is vocal about it, as are the brakes. The engine is also quite loud, reaching 85 decibels at full throttle, Car and Driver reports.
For a sports car, the Alfa Romeo 4C is also surprisingly good on gas. It gets 28 mpg combined city/highway. C/D still doesn’t recommend it as a daily driver, thanks to its small, noisy cabin.
But the Tributo’s exterior is beautiful. It flaunts an exclusive red paint job, complemented by Italian flag-patterned mirror caps and gold wheels. The interior boasts special leather and suede seats, along with special-edition badging on the dashboard and window sills.
Why it’s hard to recommend the Alfa Romeo 4C
Despite the Alfa Romeo 4C’s comfortable seats, the 4C’s tight quarters are inadequate. There’s room for only two riders, and the seats lack adjustment controls. Cargo space is minimal — enough for only a small backpack, according to Car and Driver. The tiny rear window also isn’t forgiving when backing out of parking spaces.
The center stack’s controls are easy to reach, but the 4C provides only the bare necessities. The weak base audio system is no match for the wind, road, and engine noise. Fortunately, an Alpine sound system is available, but that’s the only tech upgrade.
Expect no other infotainment features, and safety options include only a mandated backup camera and rear parking sensors. One might be surprised it even has power windows and remote keyless entry. But occupants will need a wall outlet connector to charge their phones because there’s only a 12-volt charger on board.
Is this sports car worth the money?
The Alfa Romeo 4C delivers on performance, and the lack of extra features actually enhances the experience. However, we’re still not surprised the now-retired Alfa Romeo 4C doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. Though exhilarating, its engine and exhaust noises definitely aren’t for everyone.
The lack of passenger and cargo space also means it’s far from a practical purchase. If you can borrow one from a friend for a quick drive, go for it. Otherwise, the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo is forgettable after you see the price.