Alfa Romeo's return to the U.S. was a topic of conversation for years, and the excitement only grew among performance enthusiasts as the arrival of the first Alfa model -- the 4C -- was delayed again and again. It was like a tantalizingly slow, exquisitely painful Dance of the Seven Veils. Fans were enthralled.
Alfa's parent company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, is taking a slightly more on-time approach to the rollout of the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider. It's due to arrive in U.S. and Canadian showrooms this summer, with a starting price of $63,900 (plus $1,595 destination).
What do you get for all that dough? Aside from a beautiful ride that's sure to be envied by every sports car fan within a 100-mile radius, you'll have:
- A mid-mounted, all-aluminum, direct-injection, turbocharged engine that churns out 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque;
- Alfa's twin-clutch transmission, complete with paddle shifters (it doesn't appear that a true manual will be offered, at least not to start);
- Four distinct driving modes: "Natural" (for smooth, comfortable rides), "All weather" (for maximum control and traction), "Dynamic" (for speed demons), and "Race" (for track days and other situations where it's legal to deactivate the car's electronic stability control);
- A 0-60 time of 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 160 mph;
- Hefty brakes that offer 1.25 g of deceleration, which translates to a 60-0 distance of less than 100 feet;
- A range of wheel options, each available in Silver or Dark Gray, complemented by brake calipers in Silver, Red, Yellow, or Black;
- Four body colors, including Rosso Alfa (Red), Black, White, Basalt Gray Metallic, Madreperla White Tri-coat, and an all-new Giallo Prototipo (Yellow), seen above;
- Three exhaust options, including a standard configuration, a racing configuration, and an all-new titanium system from Akrapovič with twin center-mounted tailpipes;
- Tech goodies like an Alpine premium audio system, which incorporates handsfree Bluetooth technology, an iPod interface, and for the old-schoolers, CD capabilities; and,
- Many luxurious creature comforts in the cabin, styled by Alfa's sibling, Maserati.
No word yet on how many 4C Spiders are going to be made available in North America, but we're guessing the number is limited. For many more details and to put down a deposit on your own, contact your local Alfa Romeo outlet.