Regardless of your track record in other markets, introducing a new sports car in the U.S. today is no easy task. So when the Italian automaker Fiat officially confirmed it would launch a new Alfa Romeo in the States, my initial thought was, why? But then I got the opportunity to actually drive the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C—and found myself getting schooled by the vehicle in more ways than one…
Never Say Never: After years of skepticism over whether a new Alfa would ever make it to U.S. shores, the Romeo 4C is proof of the power of persistence. Nearly two decades in the making, it’s finally here.
Italians Really Are Hot: From design to engineering, the 4C is a shining example of why Americans have such a love affair with all things Italian (food, fashion, football, sports cars). The car’s styling is as impressive as its handling on the road; both leave you in awe.
Speed Is Contagious: With a 0-to-60 time in the mid-4 second range, this car leaves you with quite a rush and a better sense of why addictions are often hard to shake.
Big Boys Need Toys Too: The two-seater doesn’t quite live up to the demands of hauling a family around town, but it’s a valid reminder of why men still need their own personal playtime. And there’s plenty of room for an admiring significant other, too.
Luxury Isn’t Everything: The 4C’s cockpit is more akin to a nicely fitted sport jacket than a tailored wool suit. But after hammering the Romeo 4C through a few turns, I quickly realized that luxury isn’t necessarily a mandate for all things impressive.
You Really Don’t Need Music: I’d never recommend doing a road trip without some tunes—especially with the 4C’s premium audio system—but hearing that turbocharged engine might just be more entertaining than anything on your playlist.
Muscles Are Overrated: Having experienced the 4C first-hand, I dare say horsepower is overrated. This baby only packs 237 horses, but the ride is more exhilarating than some cars with a lot more muscle under the hood.
10 Pounds to Go: While sliding into the 4C leaves you feeling like a celebrity, sliding out reminds you why so many A-Listers try so hard to keep fit. The compact design and low profile mean the svelte-er you are, the easier it is to emerge with the requisite grace.
Staring Isn’t Rude: It’s hard not to drop your jaw over this ride’s design features, from the gorgeous curves to the gleaming rims. But much like that hot model you found yourself gawking at near the bar, the fact that everyone else is drooling quickly puts you at ease.
It Could Be Yours: The 4C starts around $54,000. While that is by no means cheap, it’s a steal for its segment—and confirmation that the coolest things aren’t always reserved for the filthy rich. We’ll take one in each color, please...