Italian auto manufacturer Alfa Romeo unveiled their mid-engined, lightweight, rear-wheel drive sports car, the 4C at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Production of the Alfa Romeo 4C began in May, 2013 at the Maserati assembly plant in Modena, Italy and at the start of the 4C’s production, Alfa Romeo estimated that they would produce around 2,500 4C’s every year depending on the quantity of carbon fiber chassis that could be provided by suppliers. Despite having very high hopes for the Alfa Romeo 4C, the lightweight sports car hasn’t been the success story that Alfa Romeo wanted and many petrolheads predicted, sad isn’t it?
However, this didn’t stop Alfa Romeo from adding to the 4C range and in 2014 at the Geneva Motor Show, the Italian auto manufacturer showed off a pre-production prototype of the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider. The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider is the drop-top version of the 4C Coupe, as a result the 4C Spider shares an engine with it’s Coupe sibling but it features a host of different external parts, which include different headlights, exhaust and engine cover, as well as a removable roof panel, obviously.
Under the skin, Alfa Romeo also had to strengthen the structure of the 4C Spider, this had to be done due to the hardtop roof being removed. As a result, the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider is around 45 kg heavier than it’s Coupe sibling but the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider is still a lightweight rocketship and it offers a very engaging drive on the track and even on city roads.
As mentioned earlier in this article, the Alfa Romeo 4C was not the best seller that Alfa Romeo were hoping for, and the same can be said about the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider. In fact in the United States Alfa Romeo sold and delivered just 238 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider’s throughout 2018 and in January, 2019 the Italian auto manufacturer sold and delivered just 7, which is roughly a forty-two percent drop when compared to January, 2018. Once again, totally undeterred by all of this, Alfa Romeo has just released a special edition 4C Spider and we at Enzari like it alot.
This is it, what you are looking at is the 2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Italia Edition, and you probably asking what is so special about it? Well for starters the 2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Italia Edition adds more style to the already stylish 4C Spider and it will be offered by Alfa Romeo in extremely limited numbers. To be more specific, Alfa Romeo will offer just fifteen examples of the 4C Spider Italia Edition and all fifteen examples are exclusive to the United States, which is rather disappointing for Alfa Romeo fans located in other countries.
To ensure that the 2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Italia Edition looks the part, Alfa Romeo have given the Italia Edition an exclusive exterior paint finish. Known as Misano Blue Metallic, this shade of blue is not on any other variant of the Alfa Romeo 4C and 4C Spider. As an accent to the exclusive exterior paint finish, the 4C Spider Italia Edition features Piano Black front air intakes and a Piano Black rear diffuser. That is not all, because a special “Spider Italia” logo, which features the Italian flag adorns the rear fenders.
On the inside, the 2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Italia Edition’s interior remains exactly the same as a regular 4C Spider. However, this special edition 4C Spider does feature an aluminium “4C Spider Italia” plaque which is housed on the center console. Under the hood, Alfa Romeo have added no performance upgrades to the 1.75 litre, turbocharged four cylinder engine. As a result, the 2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Italia Edition has an overall power output of 237 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. All 237 hp is sent via a six-speed dual-clutch transmission directly to the rear wheels, this enables the 2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Italia Edition to sprint from 0-100 km/h in 4.1 seconds and on to a top speed of 160 mph.
The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Italia Edition made it’s debut at the ongoing Chicago Auto Show. The Italia package will cost an extra $5,000 on top of the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider’s $66,900 MSRP, thus taking the total cost of a 4C Spider Italia Edition up to a staggering $71,900. As mentioned earlier in this article, only fifteen 4C Spider Italia Edition’s will be available, so when order books open in the second quarter of 2019, we highly recommend that you act quickly. However the question has to be asked, is a few logo’s and a plaque worth an extra $5,000? To me I’d just save the $5,000 and opt for a regular 4C Spider instead.