Wallpaper of the Day: 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider
Now that FCA has finally killed off the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, it has managed to find its way back into our hearts again. Okay, maybe not, but at the same time, we’re still kind of sad to see it go. We can’t help but wonder if it would have met the same fate had Alfa Romeo actually had the money and desire to even so much as give the 4C a mild facelift or any type of update at al throughout its entire lifespan. It just doesn’t seem like the proper end to a model that reintroduced Alfa Romeo to the U.S. market, now does it?
Of course, with the 4C delivering just 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque and no funds available to make any type of improvement, the 4C became largely obsolete and too expensive (for its capability) to even compete on the market anymore. So, with the 4C officially at the end of its life, we thought what a better way to send it off than to let it live on in our rotation of daily wallpapers. We’ve picked out our favorite and posted it below, but you can slide on down the page to find a rather large gallery with any 4C wallpaper you could ever want or desire.
2019 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Italia
Introduced in 2013 as the company’s first true-blue sports car in decades, the Alfa Romeo 4C soldiered on into 2019 with almost no upgrades. At the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, the Italian company launched the 4C Spider Italia, a limited-edition roadster with a handful of extra features. Although it doesn’t stray far from the regular model, it confirms that the 4C Spider will remain in production for the 2020 model year.
With the Coupe discontinued at the end of 2018, the Spider remains in dealerships for at least one more year, but the Italia is far from special. Finished in an exclusive paint and fitted with custom graphics and badges, it’s just a poor attempt to keep this bare-bones sports car appealing among newer products. Is it worth getting one? Let’s find out below.
The 2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Italia is Good News, Bad News at the Same Time
If you’re a fan of performance cars, the 2019 Chicago Auto Show must be really boring to you. Packed with trucks and special-edition SUVs, you have to dig deep to find some cool sports car in there, and most of them are actually classics. There is an exception worth checking out though: the 2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Italia.
A limited-series, special edition version of the familiar roadster, the 4C Spider Italia comes with good and bad news for both Alfa Romeo and sports car enthusiasts.
The 2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Italia Is the Best-Looking Debut at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, But Is It Too Little Too Late?
First introduced way back in 2013, the 4C was the first mass-produced Alfa Romeo vehicle for the North American market in the 21st century. And what a comeback - this thing ticks all the boxes when it comes to driving nirvana. Made from carbon fiber and aluminum, the 4C is lightweight, while the exterior dimensions are compact, which combine with the mid-engine drivetrain package to make for some seriously impressive driving dynamics. We love it, but in the six years since its debut, not much has changed, and sales have taken a hit. Now, Alfa is offering a special edition at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show that’s leaving us wondering - is it too little too late?
2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Italia is a final attempt from Alfa to stay relevant
Alfa Romeo showed up at the Chicago Auto Show with the 4C Spider Italia Edition. It’s the same 4C Alfa’s been selling in the U.S. for almost half a decade already, but the novelty is you can now have it in this nice Misano Blue Metallic paint job if you pay $5,000 more on top of the $1,595 destination tax.
The Alfa Romeo 4C was the second car Alfa Romeo brought Stateside after selling almost 100 of its wonderful 8C sports car in both coupe and roadster guise. The 4C is a much more compact version but, in true Alfa tradition, it looks really well and it drives well too. The issue is that the Italians haven’t really been all that interested in trying to refresh the car and, now, the 4C is a pretty but overpriced car that desperately needs a replacement worth of sharing the garage with the Stelvio Quadrifoglio and the Giulia Quadrifoglio.
A 600-Horsepower, Topless Alfa Romeo Could Be In The Works
Alfa Romeo’s plan to flood the market with 26 new and updated models is well-documented. We also know that at least two of those models will be the scintillating 8C supercar and the Giulia Quadrifoglio-based GTV Coupe. Now it looks like a third performance model is in the works, specifically a convertible version of the aforementioned 600-horsepower GTV Coupe that will be released more than a year after the coupe version drops and takes all our money away.
The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider came in 2016 to pair the nimbleness and spunkiness of the 4C Coupe with the benefit of unlimited headroom. Of course, it didn’t come with its flaws, which included a weight gain of some 130 pounds thanks to structure changes required to keep the car structurally sound. It got its own look around back and even came complete with an elevated, carbon fiber roll bar behind the seats. It’s powered by a 1.75-liter four-cylinder that’s good for 240 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque – enough to get it to 60 mph in less than five seconds on the way to a top speed of 130 mph. Those are the fastest figures in the world, but they are fast enough for a car this size. Either way, it’s a sexy little beast, and we find it as the perfect addition to our Wallpaper of the Day Collection. Go ahead and download our hand-picked favorite or slide on down to the gallery below for more great wallpaper choices.
1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza
While there may have been 188 units of the Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 built for road use, it was initially designed as a race car. The “2300” in the car’s name was a reference to the 2.3-liter straight-eight engine that was hidden under its long hood. The 8C was built in several different series’ in its first few years of production, with some (the 188 road cars) serving as luxury vehicles and the rest serving as dedicated race cars. By now, you’ve probably noticed that the model here also sports the “Monza” name. This name was given to the shortened, two-seater GP cars after an early model emerged victorious during the 1931 Italian Grand Prix at Monza.
Throughout the car’s production, it was rather successful on the track, including four consecutive wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the consecutive wins at Mille Miglia and Targa Florio, and back-to-back wins at the 24 Hours of Spa. On top of that, the car also led to the development and introduction of the Monoposto Tipo B, which, as you may or may not know, dominated Grand Prix racing with 46 wins between 1932 and 1935.
The model you see here has had several owners, but was raced quite a bit between 1934 and 1948, securing 7th in Class at the Klausen Hillclimb in 1934, 3rd Overall at the Circuito di San Remo in 1947, 2nd Overall and 1st in Class at the Sassi-Superga Hillclimb in 194, and 1st in Class at the Cantania-Etna Hillclimb in 1948, among others. It is Chassis No. 2311218 and was sold new in Italy back in the 1930s. And while it changed hands on a somewhat regular basis, it’s racing DNA kept in on the track even recently as the owner prior to this auction used it to participate in Euro and US. Tours – this isn’t a car you just lock away in a dark garage.
This Monza recently went up for auction at the Gooding & Company Auction during Monterey Car Week, exchanging hands for more than $10 million. It’s only fitting that we do a full review of such an amazing car, so keep reading to take a closer look at it.
Updated 08/24/2017: We added a series of images taken during the 2017 Monterey Car Week.
Note: Official images copyright and courtesy of Gooding & Company. Photos by Brian Henniker.
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1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider
By the late ‘30s, Alfa Romeo was well established as one of Europe’s top performance marques, having enjoyed a huge amount of racing success over the years. From these myriad victories, Alfa developed a series of road cars that have gained legendary status amongst collectors, including the “immortal” 8C 2900. Sporting an advanced, tech-laden chassis, a powerful eight-cylinder engine, and impressive coachwork, RM Sotheby’s calls the 2900 “the ultimate Italian sports car of its generation.”
It would seem as though the collector car market agrees with that assessment – this particular example you see here made for a record-breaking sale at RM Sotheby’s auction in Monterey, trading hands for a jaw-dropping $19.8 million. That price reflects the not only the high desirability of this car, but also its rarity, as this example was the first of its kind offered at public auction this century.
So what makes this thing so remarkable? Read on for the details.
Continue reading to learn more about the Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider.
It’s Not Looking Good For This Once Promising Alfa Romeo Model
What was supposed to be one of Alfa Romeo’s most important models has turned into a dud for the Italian automaker. The 4C Spider isn’t doing too well these days and if a report by AutoForecast Solutions is to be believed, the 4C Spider may very well end up being a one-and-done model.
It’s been established Alfa Romeo never thought the 4C Spider would be a sales hit, but even with that realization, the company had hoped that the model would at least make an impression, especially in the U.S. market. Turns out, the only thing the 4C Spider can boast of is that it has sold 11 more models than the Dodge Viper this year (309 to 298). That’s the same Viper that’s going out of production in 2017.
So with little to show for all the time and resourced Alfa Romeo put into developing the 4C Spider, it appears that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is cutting the cord on a possible successor to the model as a way of cutting its own losses in the process. To be fair, FCA has given no indication of its plans for the 4C Spider – or the coupe version – moving forward. The report may end up being true, or it may not. But neither FCA nor Alfa Romeo can’t hide from the fact that from a sales perspective, the 4C Spider has been a massive disappointment.
If FCA ends up sticking with the 4C, it’s going to have a lot of work to do on the model. If it doesn’t, well, it’s back to the drawing board, right? Either way, it’s not a good look for Alfa Romeo, especially at a time when the automaker is hoping to make a new impression in the U.S. market. It hasn’t happened yet for Alfa and the lukewarm reception to the 4C isn’t making it any easier for the company.
Continue after the jump to read the full story.
Pur Sang’s Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza Is As Close To The Original As It Can Get: Video
Those who know of Pur Sang Argentina will attest that the company that built its brand on recreating the Bugatti Type 35 using period technology is as good as it gets for anybody looking to own near-perfect versions of classic race cars. The company has since expanded past building the Type 35, and as this episode of Tuned will show you, Pur Sang has proven to be just as adept at building an immaculate production of the 1931 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza.
Tuned host Matt Farah had the pleasure of meeting the commercial director of Pur Sang, John Bothwell, who happens to own a Pur Sang-built 8C. As Farah notes, this 8C may not be an original – those are rarely driven on the street because they can fetch a price of eight figures – but it’s also insulting to call it a replica. That’s because Pur Sang builds these cars with the same materials that were used on the originals, right down to the tiniest of details. Farah put it best when he said “it would take a nerd of epic proportions to spot differences from the original.”
And as awesome as it looks, the Pur Sang 8C’s true calling card is its drivability. Farah and Bothwell took it down for a test run and while it did prove to be a little complicated to get the hang of, even for a driver of Farah’s experience, the sound of the 2.3-liter supercharged straight-eight engine made the whole experience worth it. It is, in almost every way imaginable, as close to the original one as it could get.
2016 Touring Superleggera Disco Volante Spyder
At the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, Touring Superleggera unveiled the Disco Volante, a concept car that paid tribute to a series of experimental race cars built by the same firm in cooperation with Alfa Romeo in the early 1950s. A year later, the Disco Volante was turned into a production model using Alfa Romeo 8C underpinnings and a 4.7-liter V-8 engine. Three years have passed since the then and Touring Superleggera returned to Geneva with the Disco Volante Spyder — a convertible version of the same coach built sports car.
Created to celebrate the company’s 90th anniversary, the Disco Volante Spyder is actually a more accurate interpretation of the original car, which was also conceived as a spider drop-top. The vehicle is actually more of a targa due to the flying buttresses behind the seats, but it’s still an open-top that has more in common with the first Disco Volante compared to the coupe the Italians launched in 2013.
Other than that, the Spyder is just as sexy and employs the same sporty underpinnings as its coupe sibling. Touring Superleggera has confirmed that the Disco Volante Spyder will be built in small numbers, having already received European approval and support from Alfa Romeo. Don’t expect to see a Disco Volante Spyder in your neighborhood anytime soon, as only seven examples will be built. They will also be quite expensive and sold only to carefully selected customers.
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Wide Open Spirit - A Look Into The Soul Of One Mans Alfa Romeo Spider: Video
When it comes to talking about the best car to take to the open road, there is a long list of cars that comfortably fit the bill. Fortunately, we don’t have to go over that list today – it really can turn into a long drawn out debate. Instead, we’re here to look at just one car: the 1969 Alfa Romeo Duetto Spider.
We could probably talk all day about Duetto spider. It is a classic, with an exceptional but simple design, and elegance in a way only those who’ve had the pleasure of driving one can actually appreciate. Fortunately, in this video just released by Petrolicious, Keith Helmetag – the owner of a very well maintained, 1969 Alfa Romeo Spider – talks about his passion for the car, what it’s like driving it, simple modifications he’s made, and even why he chose that beautiful green color the car is finished in.
I won’t ruin the video for you, but I will say that it is definitely worth watching. In the six minutes of video, there are various clips of in-car footage and footage of the car cruising down some winding back roads. To be quite honest, I’m a little jealous of Mr. Helmetag. I wouldn’t mind owning a fine Alfa Romeo like that one day – especially one that has been so well maintained.
Some of the most beautiful cars in the world have come straight out of Italy. Take the Alfa Romeo Spider, for instance. It may have been considered a “poor man’s Ferrari,” but the classic Pininfarina design and its twin-cam engine made it legendary. Of course, there is also the Lamborghini Murcielago, Maserati Bora, and Ferrari Enzo, among many others. Ferraris, Lambos, and Maseratis aside, I’m here today to talk about another Alfa Romeo Spider, but this time, it’s not one that was built from 1966 to 1993.
I’m talking about the Alfa Romeo 4C, specifically one that was customized in collaboration with Garage Italia Customs. The company’s main focus for each project car is to focus on the personality of each client, making each car just as unique as the person that owns it. I’ve seen some pretty wild modifications made to cars in my day, but this one is flat out elegant in every way.
The Alfa Romeo 4C comes a 1.7-liter, four-cylinder engine that puts out 240 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. It has been on my wish list for years, but I never thought I would see one modified to the extent of the 4C by Garage Italia Customs.
The 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider made its official debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show and quickly found itself atop our wish list. Based on the 2014 4C, the 4C Spider gets a host of upgrades as it moves closer to its North American arrival in the 2016 model year. The most obvious change to the car is its removable top and additional bodywork rising from the rear decklid. A naked-carbon-fiber roll bar hoops over the passenger compartment, as does a similar windshield brace. Beside the lack of a sloping rear window, the car keeps a similar profile to its coupe counterpart.
There are changes underneath the bodywork, however. Alfa had to add structural supports to the carbon-fiber tub in order to retain the car’s rigidity. The new materials result in 132 additional pounds, but the Italians claim it the extra weight won’t affect the car’s performance. New, more traditional headlights replace the bug-eyed ones from the coupe, while new center-mounted exhaust pipes give the rear end a sportier look. Power comes from the same 1.75-liter, turbocharged, inline-four making 240 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. No changes are made to the only gearbox option, Alfa’s TCT twin-dry-clutch, six-speed automatic with paddle shifters.
Yes, it’s somewhat of a letdown that there’s no manual transmission, but at least the 4C Spider is coming to the U.S. as part of Alfa’s return to North America. That’s reason enough to keep us happy with only two pedals.
Updated 06/12/2015: Alfa Romeo announced prices for the new 4C Spider which will arrive at U.S. and Canadian dealerships this summer. Prices will start from $63,900 - excluding $1,595 destination.
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The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este has got to be one of the coolest and most unique car events in the world right now. Built 1568, the Villa d’Este Hotel on the shores of Lake Como in Italy is the backdrop for this extraordinary and intimate event, which welcomes classic cars and motorcycles, as well as modern concepts and race cars. Among others, 2015 brought out the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage concept, a 1961 Ferrari GT SWB California Spider that sold at auction for over $11 million, and Cameron Glickenhaus’s SCG003, fresh off its finish at the Nürburgring 24 hour race.
But, the best in show award went to this pristine 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Spider, owned by American collector David Sydorick and wearing coach-built bodywork from Zagato. The 8C was Enzo Ferrari’s race car of choice before he started building his own several years later. With a 2.3-liter inline-eight cylinder engine, Alfa Romeo never intended the 8C 2300 to be a road car, but eventually decided to sell it as a rolling chassis due to high demand. Wealthy owners then took their 8C chassis to Carrozzerrias (coach builders), like Pininfarina, Touring, or, in this case, Zagato, to have them fitted with bodies of their choosing.
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Alfa Romeo has slowly but surely become a shadow of its former self after Fiat took over the helm in 1986, but the little Italian carmaker that could is planning a return to its past glory. The first step was a relaunch of the Alfa Romeo brand in the U.S. - currently with just one model, the sexy little 4C. Since the 4C coupe was more than once pitted against the Porsche Cayman, the newly unveiled 4C Spider can only go against the Cayman’s open-top brother, the Boxster.
Both the 4C Spider and the Boxster are mid-engine, lightweight, and have similar specifications, with the higher power of the Porsche being compensated for by the lower weight of the Alfa. But they are still very different, so I decided to see which of the two would come on top when their features are examined closely.
Continue reading to learn which model we like better: the Alfa Romeo 4C Spyder or the Porsche Boxster.
Two years ago, when a collaboration between the Fiat Group and Mazda was announced, the deal mentioned that the recently unveiled Mazda MX-5 Miata will get a brother in the form of an Alfa Romeo roadster built on the same platform. Earlier today we found out that this will not be the case anymore, with the head of the Alfa Romeo and Maserati brands letting it slip in an interview with Car Magazine that the original idea is actually all wrong.
Apparently, the future Alfa Romeo Spider will not use the MX-5 Miata’s ND platform and will therefore not be manufactured at Mazda’s Hiroshima plant. Instead, a yet-to-be-named Fiat/Abarth product will be based on the ND Miata. According to a transcript of the interview that Alfa and Maserati chief Harald Wester gave to the British magazine, it seems that "As far as the Spider goes, the final version is of course no longer the two-seater FCA [Fiat Chrysler Automobiles] codeveloped with Mazda but a derivative of project Giorgio."
As some of you know, "project Giorgio" is a new modular architecture derived from the one underpinning the current Maserati Ghibli and Quattroporte, which will be used in the future on pretty much every RWD Alfa Romeo and some Dodge/Chrysler models. Mazda’s ND platform is still part of the agreement though, and it will be used by either a standalone and long-rumored Abarth roadster or a modern-day variant of the old Fiat 124 Sport Spider, or maybe both. Either way, it won’t be an Alfa.
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We’ve already reported that Alfa Romeo is building a Spider version of its hotly-anticipated 4C Coupe, but the current rumblings in the rumor mill is the car will be powered by the Chrysler/Fiat 1.4-liter in-line four-cylinder currently used in the Dodge Dart and Fiat 500 Abarth.
That engine produces a decent 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque in the Dart, and 160 horsepower and 170 pound-feet in the 500 Abarth. Speculating that the Alfa Spider will want more gusto, count on a modest bump on both output numbers. Thankfully, that 1.4-liter will be mounted longitudinally for rear-drive duty and has a high probability of being mated to a manual transmission.
The rumors come way of Car & Driver, who report Alfa Romeo has partnered with Mazda in constructing the new convertible. It will likely keep much of its 4C roots, but will share many parts with its Japanese counterpart. It’s also said nearly all suspension components will be aluminum. Other weight-saving materials and techniques will be used to make the most of the four-banger.
What’s more, Alfa is said to be bringing the new Spider to the Geneva Motor Show going on March 4th and 5th with its body featuring a few cosmetic changes compared to the 4C. New, less alien-like headlights and new wheel designs are two of the prominent changes. Check back with TopSpeed for all the details.
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In 1962, Alfa Romeo launched the Giulia sports sedan along the coupe and Spider versions, which were rebadged and updated versions of earlier Giulietta models (series 101). These models had their old 1.3-liter engines replaced by new, more powerful 1.6-liter engines, hence the "1600" in the name.
The Spider version also had a more powerful version called "Veloce" (Italian for "fast"), and this is exactly the car owned by Mr. Casey Annis and the one reviewed in this video.
Casey Annis is a publisher and editor at Vintage Racecar, so no doubt he knows one think or two about classic cars. No wonder why he speaks so great about this classic Giulia Spider Veloce 1600!
The review was shot right next to the California’s coast,p which if you ask us, is the perfect place for such a great car. If you are a fan of classic Alfa Romeo models, then this is definitively a video you will not want to miss!