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2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Italia Limited Edition

2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Italia Limited Edition

Reveal at 2019 Chicago Auto Show

At the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, Alfa Romeo revealed a limited edition 4C. The 2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Italia Limited Edition is basically a 4C, but better. Although it is the same mid-engine 2-seater vehicle with the same power, it has many enhancements. The production will take place in Modena, Italy with a limit of 15 models. Yes, only 15 models will be made by Alfa Romeo. At a starting price of $73,495, this car is equivalent of a maxed-out coupe or base spider. Unfortunately, the coupe will no longer hit production after the 2018 model year. But there are plenty on the used car market at a reasonable price.

Engine & Modification Specs

In the rear hood, the 2010 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Italia Limited Edition sports the typical 1.7-liter inline 4-cylinder engine. This motor boasts 237 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. Since the car is so light, it reaches 60 mph in only 4.1 seconds. If worrying about top speed, the 4C can reach 160 mph. This also requires a thanks to the 6-speed dual-clutch transmission. Although a bit rigid on shifts, it is quite a fun car to drive. Lastly, don’t forget about the manual steering!

Being an exclusive 4C, this car has quite a list of differences from the base versions. Firstly, there is a Misano Blue Metallic paint job. Secondly, the intake and rear diffuser are in piano black. Thirdly, there are Italia stickers on the flanks. Fourthly, there is an aluminum trim dashboard with a “4C Spider Italia” logo. Fifthly, lets jump into the standard tech. On top of the cruise control and rear park sensors, this car has a backup camera. From experience, driving a 4C in reverse definitely needs a backup camera. Views from the car in the rear are a bit poor, especially with the low reach of the diffuser.

The Finale of the 4C

2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Italia will be an uncommon sight | Chicago 2019 – Roadshow – YouTube

Basically, the 2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Italia Limited Edition is a finale of the 4C. With the 4C subbing out over the next few years, a new model will hit the streets. Many look forward to the change, while others will stick with a 4C. At this point, the 4C is basically becoming a collector’s car. Although it hasn’t held value too well, it is still an awesome car. The Italia LE will most likely be more valuable, especially down the road. If not already sold out, now is the time to ask a dealer. In conclusion, the 4C Spider Italia LE is a pretty sweet car.

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C: Cruising/Exhaust – Valley Forge National Park – EuroPrestige Motors – EuroDrift

2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Italia Limited Edition - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Italia Limited Edition – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The Italian Job: 2003 Mini Cooper S

The Italian Job: 2003 Mini Cooper S

Fun Facts About the Italian Job 2003 Mini Cooper S

There are lots of iconic movie cars, but very few “small” cars outside of Herbie the Love Bug and, of course, the Mini Cooper from the Italian Job.  In fact, both the original 1969 and the 2003 movie, act as a full-length commercial for the Mini Cooper.

The original picture features three Mk1 Austin Mini Cooper S’s, in red, white and blue and the 2003 movie showcases the 2003 Mini Cooper S, modified both on and off-screen.

1963 Austin Mini Cooper S Mk1 - Front - The Italian Job - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1963 Austin Mini Cooper S Mk1 – Front – The Italian Job – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

On-Screen and Off-Screen Modifications

On screen, the Mini Coopers were to be used to “get back the gold” after a double-cross. The main characters devise a plan to update and modify three small cars (Mini Coopers). They want them to be FAST and with a beefier suspension to carry the heavy bars of gold they hope to recover.

Off-screen, it was actually necessary for the movie makers to make modifications to the three cars before shooting could take place. Two electric-powered Mini Coopers and a Mini Cooper S had to be built because gasoline-powered vehicles are prohibited in Los Angeles’ subway system. Without the modifications, that iconic chase scene through the tunnels could not have taken place.

Another Mini Cooper with two steering wheels was used for some of the shooting. This was so that a stunt driver could navigate while the actors did their thing for the camera. This one of a kind Mini now sits on display at the Mini factory in Cowley, Oxford.

Specs on a Non-Modified 2003 Mini Cooper S

The Italian Job (2003) – Trailer – Paramount – YouTube

How close to what you see on the screen is a real Mini Cooper S?

A non-modified 2003 Mini Cooper S has a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with a mechanical-drive supercharger and produces 163 horsepower.  Though it’s a bit slow off the line, the six-speed manual transmission means there’s plenty of power and good control. However, be prepared to do a lot of shifting. If it’s your daily driver, you may find that to be a bit of a nuisance.

All in all, people find the Mini-Cooper fun to drive around. However, most agree that the size and shifting make it a bit impractical for families or the daily commute.

 

 

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