There's nothing quite like the Alfa 4C, at least until someone cross-pollinates a Cayman with a Mazda Miata.
Until then, we'll point to the Cayman as the most likely step up and out of the Alfa: the Porsche weighs a lot more, but its lyrical handling and real-world cabin make it so much more usable than the 4C.
The Jaguar F-Type and Chevy Corvette are in the same price league as the Alfa, but offer a different take on performance: the F-Type is all exhaust note and huge tires, and the Corvette is all exhaust note and huge tires and...wait, what were we getting at? We'll be heretics and throw in the Mercedes CLA45 AMG here too.
The horsepower numbers are in the Mercedes' favor, even if the curb weight isn't.
Its sticky all-wheel-drive grip is unerring in a way the mid-engine Alfa only dreams about.
BMW's i8 is made from carbon fiber, and that might entice some side eyes here, but it's a big luxury coupe first, a performer second, and far more expensive.
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