While the Alfa 4C Spider is equipped with a tiny four-cylinder motor, the addition of a turbocharger and a six-speed dual-clutch transmission allows it to propel itself abruptly without hesitation. The exhaust is sinister sounding with crackles, burbles and pops to let you know this isn’t your normal four-banger. And as an added benefit of a small motor, gas mileage is surprisingly good at 24 miles per gallon city/34 mpg highway.
Boasting the chops of a much more expensive exotic, it’s one of the most affordable mid-engine cars on the market. Yes, you can get a Porsche Boxster cheaper than the Spider’s $63,900 base price, but it’s nowhere near as good looking as this Italian screamer.
With a sculpted hood, big intakes up front, a wide rear, squat proportions and that unmistakable Alfa Romeo snout, the 4C Spider is charming and aggressive from almost every angle. Even the ducktail spoiler is integrated into the trunk, making for a seamless yet functional piece bookended by two purposeful circular taillights. They make most other taillights look like they were tacked on as an afterthought.