Alfa Romeo has revealed a limited edition version of its 4C Spider as the sports car approaches the end of the line.
Just 33 examples of the 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo will be made for the North American market as part of the 4C’s final production run, with an unspecified number coming here next year.
Pricing has yet to be revealed for Australia.
“The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider is such an iconic car. We are excited to confirm a limited number of 4C Spider Stradale Tributos will arrive in Australia next year and we look forward to sharing more details with you in the coming months,” said a Fiat Chrysler Australia spokesperson.
As the name suggests, the special edition is a tribute to the original mid-engined Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale, of which just 18 examples were produced between 1967 and 1969.
Naturally, the 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo is painted red – Rosso Villa d’Este tri-coat, specifically. The carbon-fibre chassis also has a transparent red finish.
There are grey-gold five-hole alloy wheels, measuring 18 inches up front and 19 inches at the rear, plus Alfa Romeo Centro Stile badges.
A piano-black front air intake and rear diffuser are also available.
Inside, the composite sport seats are finished in black Dinamica suede and tobacco leather.
In addition to the expected commemorative plaques, buyers will also receive a matching, numbered book from Centro Stile detailing the 4C’s design and production.
It comes with equipment that’s optional on the regular 4C Spider, including an Akrapovic dual-mode exhaust and racing suspension.
The wheels are an upgrade, too, with the regular 4C Spider using 17 and 18-inch wheels front and rear.
None will be made for Europe as the 4C Spider is no longer sold there. Nor, for that matter, is the hardtop 4C.
Alfa Romeo discontinued the sports car around 12 months ago, leaving it available only in export markets. The 4C coupe was also dropped in the US.
While Alfa Romeo hasn’t officially announced its discontinuation in Australia, the brand’s global head has signalled the end is nigh.
“The 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo is an instant Alfa Romeo classic that passes the torch to the next generation of iconic Alfa Romeo vehicles, including the upcoming Tonale PHEV crossover that will start production next year,” said Tim Kuniskis.
The powertrain is unchanged from the regular 4C, with a 1750cc turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 177kW of power and 350Nm of torque. It’s mated to a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Alfa Romeo claims a 0-100km/h time of 4.5 seconds.
The original 33 Stradale was a hand-built mid-engined sports car based on the Tipo 33 race car – Stradale means “road-going”.
It used a 2.0-litre double overhead-cam V8 engine producing 169kW of power and 206Nm of torque, propelling the Alfa to 100km/h in under six seconds.