La Bella Macchina, Jr. – Alfa Romeo 4C

A welcome oasis in the recent Motorista drought – a playdate with the new Alfa Romeo 4C this afternoon!

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This mid-engined beastie, the little sister of the magnifcent and mellifluous Alfa Romeo 8C, is fairly new to our shores and designed to stir the passions and lead feet of enthusiasts in preparation for Alfa’s USA product onslaught of the next few years.

I was excited about the 4C almost a year ago, before it arrived, and I’m still excited. (I would be even more excited if I were reporting from behind the wheel, rather than just the passenger seat, but I’m not authorized to drive these press cars. Huge shout-out to my journo friend Derek for letting me do a ride-along!) The 4C reminds me of all the things I love about Lotus: raw, low to the ground, loud, stark interior, hard to get in and out of. And, yes, those are GOOD points! My favorite cars are the ones that arguably could never be daily drivers. Although I would take one as a daily driver. Because, uh, they’re for driving. If you don’t want to drive, summon an Uber. But stop making the European manufacturers “Americanize” their cars! (MINI, I am looking at you with rageful side-eye.) Let’s hope that Alfa keeps the 4C a cramped little go-kart. I enjoyed the hell out of it from the passenger seat, and can’t wait to get behind the wheel.

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There’s a little “trunk” in front of the engine that will hold a couple of cats. As in, I’m trying to figure out how I would cart the circus around if this was my daily driver.

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The Batmobile cut on the door was my favorite detail. So cool!

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Love love love the sporty steering wheel.

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Toggle switches, like the 8C. I heart toggle switches.

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The end!

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