The allure of an Italian sports car runs through every red-blooded man in the world. You might not know it, but once you see or hear something Italian, your testosterone amps up faster than it does after a few shots of whiskey at the bar.

Alfa Romeo has a history of engineering some of the sexiest sporting cars and sedans in the world, but for a solid decade, not a single model was even available in the US. However, the brand has recently made a stirring comeback with the 4C Spider—a drop-top designed to satisfy your carnal desires.

It’s probably the most fun four-cylinder convertible on the market today. Sure, we haven’t driven the new Porsche 718 Boxster yet, but the Alfa makes you forget all about the stigma associated with small-displacement sports cars. The Italians do a lot of things right, and making a four-cylinder sing beautiful music is one of them.

With a lightweight carbon-fiber monocoque chassis—meaning the entire frame is carbon fiber—the Alfa 4C is light, agile and gets by ON just 237 horsepower. This 2,465-pound Spider can do 0-60 in 4.1 seconds and reach 160 miles per hour.

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.

If your BMI is on the higher end of the scale, you might encounter a tight fit into the snug seats. You can slide the seat forward and backward, but the seatbacks are fixed in a single position. They also don’t contain much padding, so frequent stops to get feeling back in your legs is a must. Also, don’t expect to fit anything other than a small day bag into the trunk. If you have a passenger, tell them to leave non-essential items at home. This is one lean machine.

While it’s impractically small—and mostly a weekend toy—the 4C is an Italian statement of motoring bliss from a company that was away from the U.S. market for way too long.

Alfa is on a roll right now, especially with the updated version of the Guila coming back into the States, the first of eight all-new Afla Romeos that will pop up Stateside between now and 2020. Until then, we’ll argue that the 4C Spider is the most fun you can have in a drop-top. Oh, and did we mention it’s Italian?