Alfa Romeo 4C Spider
Driving the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider is a bit like listening to Prince. It's mind-blowingly good, but sometimes it’s just staggeringly inappropriate.
The 4C, especially with the top ripped off, is a snarling, rasping, wheezing monster. I don't know how this car passed the noise regulations, and frankly I don't give a damn. Some engineers at Alfa thought that installing the tiny, rev-happy 1.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder Italian engine inches behind my head was a great idea. They were right.
Sitting at a red light is an exercise in restraint. The engine is a bit like that saber-toothed cat in Ice Age whimpering, "I wanna maul!" It’s barely restrained lunacy unleashed with the slightest touch of the throttle. Then you stomp the gas for the most exciting 0-35 mph run in history up to the next red light. Then you do it again. Drivers on motorcycles and in other sports cars, some way more expensive than this $85,000 astonishingly-cheap-for-what-you-get budget exotic, give you an enthusiastic thumbs up.
A BUDGET EXOTIC THAT PUNCHES ABOVE ITS WEIGHT
Are you brave enough to drive the 4C Spider?. This is a weekend rocket ship, with enough room for you and the spouse to tear off to Napa for some wine and a trip to French Laundry. Or, if you are adventurous , on a longer road trip Lake Tahoe.
The 4C is the cheapest sports car you can get with a chassis made from carbon fiber. This is a luxury usually seen on super cars at a 500k$ price range. It sits just shy of 2,500 pounds, which means the 237 horsepower engine can get you from 0-60 in 4.1 seconds. It's an engineering marvel, and astonishingly gorgeous to boot. And, with only around 1,000 brought into the US each year (split between the coupe and ragtop), it's so rare that even in jaded San Francisco it commands constant attention.
This awesome car inspired by Ferrari engineers is similar to the Ferrari 458.The Alfa Romeo 4c Spider makes its home in winding roads, just make sure your heart is healthy for the rollercoaster ride your about to experience.
The trunk space is 3.7 ft