The bare-bones 4C is offered exclusively in Spider form for 2020 as the hardtop bites the dust. The Spider does offer the same exact features, however. The exterior features solar control glass, body-colored side mirrors, halogen headlights, and LED taillights. Inside the cabin, you get a manually adjustable air conditioning system, a set of leather seats, and an infotainment system with AM/FM and Bluetooth capability. Most importantly, you get a full carbon fiber monocoque which keeps the weight down to around 2,500 pounds, and a turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 237 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a dual-clutch six-speed automatic transmission. Safety equipment includes an advanced traction control system and five airbags. The available Italia special edition package adds Misano Blue Metallic paint, glossy black trim on the front and rear bumpers, aluminum dashboard plate with the Italia logo and a number plate denoting its rarity, as well as exterior features such as yellow brake calipers and a performance exhaust system.
It's amazing how manufacturers manage to charge customers more for less. Flash a lightweight edition of a sports car, and people will throw money at you from all directions. This theory applies to the 4C Spider. For an MSRP of $67,150, you get four wheels, a carbon fiber tub, and manual air conditioning. To most that would sound like a bum deal, but to those in the know, every single cent of that asking price will be worth it. For comparison, the Porsche Boxster starts off at $59,600, which might be cheaper, but the Porsche can't match the exotic appeal of the 4C Spider. For an extra $5,000 you can get your hands on the Italia version which offers a couple of appearance changes and some fancy plaques inside the cabin. Alfa does not include tax, registration or a delivery fee of $1,595 in its pricing.
As basic as the 4C is, Alfa Romeo will allow new owners the luxury of kitting their cars out with a healthy number of appearance and performance options. Starting with the exterior, you can get a set of carbon fiber side mirrors for only $800, or why not go with the 18-inch dark fan spoked alloy wheels for $2,700. The brake calipers can also be painted black, red, or yellow for $550. We love the $3,000 carbon fiber halo, and would most certainly go for the $250 leather and microfiber steering wheel. For those who are in it purely for the driving, the $800 race-tuned suspension setup and $3,100 Akrapovic dual-mode exhaust are must-have items.
First thing's first: the only paint color to go for is obviously the Rosso Competizione, but silver will also do. For wheels, we'd go with the 18-inch dark five-hole wheels, and get the calipers painted red. We'd also get the summer performance tires while we're at it. Inside, we'd go for the red and black microfiber and leather seats and the microfiber and leather steering wheel, as well as the carbon fiber halo. We'd skip out on the stiffer suspension but would definitely get the louder exhaust. There you have it: the perfect 4C Spider, according to us.For those looking for some more exclusivity, the Italia edition does offer some nifty extras such as a performance exhaust system and painted brake calipers, but we feel that it's more of a gimmick than anything else.