Spider pays tribute to Alfa legend

Riley Riley

Just 33 examples of the 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo will be produced, inspired by the legendary Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale.

The 1967 33 Stradale is an iconic Alfa Romeo that made its public debut at the Monza circuit on August 31, 1967, on the eve of the 1967 Formula One Italian Grand Prix.

Italian for “road-going,” and boasting a top speed of 260km/h, the 33 Stradale was a hand-built Franco Scaglione-penned mid-engine exotic based on the Tipo 33 race car that won its class at the 1968 24 Hours of Daytona.

To this day it represents a singular blend of leading-edge technology, racing mechanics and inspirational design — a fitting forebear to the 4C Spider.

Only 18 chassis were ever produced, with most completed cars painted in Alfa’s signature red, with gray-gold wheels and black-and-tobacco interior.

Fast forward to 2020 and in a first for 4C Spider, the 33 Stradale Tributo uses a red-finish carbon-fibre monocoque.

Designed under the direction of Centro Stile Alfa Romeo, the 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo comes with commemorative badging, plaques and book.

It will be offered exclusively to the North American market, priced from $79,995 — about $106,000 Aussie dollars.

“Since its introduction in 2014, the 4C has been a halo vehicle for Alfa Romeo, exciting enthusiasts around the world and spearheading the relaunch of the brand in North America,” Global Head of Alfa Romeo, Tim Kuniskis, said.

“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.”

The Tributo comes exclusively in Rosso Villa d’Este tri-coat exterior colour, with gray-gold 5-hole alloy wheels (18-inch front/19-inch rear) and composite sport seats covered in black Dinamica suede and tobacco leather.

Prominently displayed in the cockpit, it features dedicated plaques on the dash, side sills and centre console, the last of which is progressively numbered.

Customers also receive a matching, numbered book designed by Centro Stile (Design centre) that chronicles the 4C’s design concept, technology, materials and Modena assembly facility, as well as the history of the 33 Stradale.

Tributo’s advanced technologies include a 6-speed Alfa twin-clutch transmission and all-aluminium 1750cc turbocharged engine with direct-injection, dual intercoolers and variable-valve timing, producing 177kW and 350Nm of torque.

Weighing in at 1134kg, it delivers an impressive power-to-weight ratio, sprinting from 0-100km/h in 4.1 seconds, with a top speed of 257km/h.

The 2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo marks the final production run of the 4C Spider for North America.


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