The Alfa Romeo 4C Spyder is everything I want in a car, right?
As a die-hard fan of the Lotus Elise, I look specifically at that car for obvious reasons. It’s lightweight. It has Lotus suspension tuning. It lacks power steering and gives the ultimate in steering feel. It comes with a 6-speed manual transmission. The engine is mid-mounted. It has an all-aluminum chassis. The looks are exotic. I can even justify the Toyota engine because at least I know that powerplant, if you want to call it that, is reliable. The Alfa Romeo 4C steps up on those features, so why don’t I love it?
Well let’s see. Instead of an aluminum chassis it comes with a carbon fiber tub. It is lightweight. It has, Alfa’s suspension tuning. But, can I trust the car to give me the satisfaction similar to the Lotus when it comes with a paddle-shift transmission? Do I really want a boosted engine when I’m looking for purity in a drive?
Mike Spinelli of Drive took the car out for a spin.
That Alpine system is not a nice touch. That’s a rough compromise to accept.
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I don’t even think the Alfa 4C Spyder has cubbies. It’s all about getting to point B. But, by my definition, it’s practical.
While it may not have the absolute purity of a Lotus Elise, it does retain the enjoyment of the activity of driving. The wind-noise, the cockpit, and the controls all goad the driver to go faster. The car builds on a driver’s confidence and gives the illusion of true control into the driver’s hands.
Control is an illusion. But, driving an Alfa makes that illusion worthwhile.