2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo
The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider goes into the history books with the cool 33 Stradale Tributo limited editionby Sidd Dhimaan, on LISTEN 06:03
The 2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo is a special-edition version of the 4C Spider and the final production run of the nameplate for North America. Launched in 2013, the Alfa Romeo 4C arrived on U.S. soil in 2014, marking the brand’s return to North America after almost 20 years. With the coupe model discontinued in 2018, Alfa Romeo confirmed that Spider sales are also coming to a halt in the U.S. for 2021. But the small, lightweight 4C is going into the history books with a bang through the limited-edition 33 Stradale Tributo model.
2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo
Horsepower @ RPM:237
Torque @ RPM:258
0-60 time:4.1 sec.
Top Speed:160 mph
What makes the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo special?
- Exclusive red paint
- Gray-gold wheels
- Centro Stile badges
- Red-tinted carbon monocoque
- Suede/leather seats
- Numbered plate
- Extra options at no cost
- Numbered book
- Standard engine
- 237 horsepower
- 258 pound-feet of torque
- 0 to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds
- Top speed at 160 mph
- Limited to 33 units
From a distance, the 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo doesn’t look all that special, but take a closer look and you’ll notice a few exclusive features. The most obvious one when it comes to exterior design is the triple-coat paint called Rosso Villa d’Este. This bright red is exclusive to the 33 Stradale Tributo, as are the gray-gold alloys wheels. The classic five-hole rims measure 18 inches in the front and 19 inches in the rear. Look closer and you’ll also notice new "Centro Stile Alfa Romeo" badges. Options include piano-black front air intakes and rear diffuser.
But the biggest highlight of this limited-edition model is visible inside the cabin in the form of translucent red carbon-fiber monocoque chassis. Already spectacular in standard form thanks to the exposed carbon-fiber surface, the monocoque is now more striking thanks to a translucent red finish that almost glows in the dark. The composite sports seats are wrapped in black suede and tobacco leather for even more contrast, while the dashboard, side sills, and center console feature dedicated plaques with the model’s designation. The plaque on the passenger-side dashboard is also numbered.
The exterior paint, the gold wheels, the red-tinted monocoque, and the badges are all inspired by the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale of the late 1960s.
On top of all these unique features, the 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo comes with more standard features than the regular model. The list includes the Akrapovic dual-mode exhaust system with central pipes, a race-tuned suspension, bi-xenon headlamps, battery charger, car cover, rear wing, and Italian flag mirror caps. Alfa Romeo says a similarly specified 4C Spider would cost "thousands more" so you’re getting a deal.
Each car also comes with a matching, numbered book by Centro Stile that chronicles the 4C’s design concept, technology, materials, the Modena plant where it’s being built, and the history of the original 33 Stradale.
Under the hood, the 33 Stradale Tributo is a standard 4C Spider, so it draws juice from the same turbocharged, 1.75-liter four-cylinder engine that cranks out 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. While it’s not the most powerful sports car out there, the 4C Spider tips the scales at less than 2,500 so it benefits from a power-to-weight ratio of 10.4 pounds per horsepower. The roadster needs only 4.1 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing start and charges toward a top speed of 160 mph.
|Engine||turbocharged, 1.75-liter four-cylinder|
|0 to 60 mph||4.1 seconds|
|Top Speed||160 mph|
How much does it cost? The 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo starts from $81,590 U.S. including destination, which is a $12,846 premium over the standard model.
A similarly equipped 4C Spider would cost $85,595, so the 33 Stradale Tributo is actually saving you $4,000. The 33 Stradale Tributo is limited to 33 units, but given that Alfa Romeo delivered only 92 Spiders in 2020, they won’t sell out as quickly as this low figure might suggest.
Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale history
The 33 Stradale, the car that inspired this limited-edition 4C Spider, is one of Alfa Romeo’s most iconic classic cars. Essentially a road-legal version of the Tipo 33 race car (which won its class at the 1968 24 Hours of Daytona), the 33 Stradale was built from November 1967 to March 1969 in just 18 units. Penned by Franco Scaglione, who also designed iconic Maserati, Jaguar, and Aston Martin models, the 33 Stradale was the most expensive car sold to the public in 1968, fetching more than the Lamborghini Miura or contemporary Ferrari nameplates.
The first production model with dihedral (butterfly) doors, the 33 Stradale also features door windows that curve upward into the roof. The sports car came with a race-bred, 2.0-liter V-8 engine behind the rear seats. Rated at 227 horsepower and 152 pound-feet of torque, it pushed the 33 Stradate from 0 to 60 mph in less than six seconds and to a top speed of around 160 mph. Upon its debut, it achieved the standing km run in 24 seconds, making it faster than sports cars with notably bigger engines, like the Lamborghini Miura, Ferrari Daytona, and Maserati Ghibli. With five chassis eventually used for concept cars that Alfa Romeo built in the 1960s and 1970s, fewer than 18 units exist. Its value is difficult to estimate due to its very low production figures and the fact that it is hardly traded, but Alfa Romeo claims that the 33 Stradale is worth well over $10 million.