This marks the North American debut of the 4C Spider

Claiming Alfa Romeo as the “heart and soul of the automotive industry,” Alfa Romeo president Reid Bigland showed off a $10-million 1967 Tipo 33 Stradale as part of a history lesson running the assembled (drooling) crowd through the successes of the past. Alfas from the ’30s and ’50s also joined the party, making for a trio of svelte sheet metal super models on stage.

Make that a a quartet: this marks the North American debut of the 4C Spider, the next step of the return of Alfa Romeo to our lands. Let me be the first to say: humina-humina. Having had a brief spin behind the wheel of the coupe version, a removable roof to let in even more of the noise of that boosty 237-hp 1.7L is just fantastic. It also looks amazing. Stunning. Yowza. Bigland suggested parking it in your living room and throwing away your TV, and frankly that sounds like a perfectly sensible plan.

With staggered 18- and 19-inch wheels, a twin-clutch gearbox (somewhat balky around down, but great on a curving road), and the same lightweight body as the coupe version, the 4C Spider should hit dealerships this summer. Just a few current Fiat outlets will be certified to carry the Alfa brand, and I regret to inform you that all of them will likely frown on licking the paintwork.

Another all-new Alfa Romeo product is planned for debut this year, with eight total rolling out over the next three years in what Alfa claims is a six-billion dollar refurbishment for the company. That’s good news indeed, but pray, start doing a few stretches. You don’t want to sprain your neck when these things start driving past on a regular basis.


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