Alfa Romeo farewells the 4C with the Spider 33 Stradale Tributo

A tribute to a legend, and il addio to the 4C.

The Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale is a historical icon. Often quoted as one of – if not the best looking car of all time, peak Alfa Romeo followed in the footsteps of the Lamborghini Miura to create one of the world’s first supercars, and subsequently the fastest car in the world for a standing kilometre. With prices soaring high above $10 million USD and ever-increasing, there’s not a great chance of ever seeing one on the roads, so where do you turn if you want a new car that draws inspiration from all-time greats?

Bring in the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo, a lightweight sports car with just a touch of 33 reminisce. Coming exclusively in Rosso Villa d’Este tri-coat paint colour with contrasting grey-gold teledial staggered wheels, the Tributo is spec’d to match the original colour of the historical Italian icon, harking back to the good ole’ days where timeless design took centre stage.

Brought to life in Ferrari’s Centro Stile Design Centre, the 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo comes with all previous optional-extras as standard, including an Akrapovic dual-mode centre-mounted exhaust, race suspension, bi-xenon headlights, suede/leather seats, a carbon fibre halo and Italian flag-badged rear vision mirrors. Additionally, customers will receive a matching numbered book designed by Centro Stile, detailing the design, engineering and facilities behind the production of the 4C, as well as the historical significance of the 33 Stradale.

The interior houses sports seats covered in black Dinamica suede and tobacco leather; and ‘Tributo 33 Stradale’ badges on the passenger side dash, side sills and centre console ensures you never forget the legend that influenced the brand.

Impressively, the Formula 1 inspired carbon fibre monocoque is presented in a transparent red, helping lower kerb weight of the sports convertible to around 1100kg, even with the added accessories and increased open-top rigidity.

Like a standard 4C Spider, 177kW (237hp) of power and 250Nm of torque from its 1750cc turbo 4-cylinder engine mated to a 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox allows for a 4.5 second 0-100km/h acceleration time, and a top speed of 258km/h.

Like all good things, the production of the 4C has reached its end. With a fitting 33 examples of the 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo to be produced and sold exclusively to the North American market, it marks the end of Alfa Romeo’s long serving sports car, as the company shifts direction towards PHEVs such as the upcoming Tonale crossover.

AutoNews Australia

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