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Alfa Romeo 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo honors 1967 car, is last 4C coming to the U.S.

The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo is the last 4C model that will be sold in the U.S.

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The 2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Stradale Tribute is a new take on the two-seater sports coupe that pays tribute to one of the brand's most most legendary mid-engine sports cars, the 1967 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale.

The 33 Stradale made its public debut at the Monza circuit on August 31, 1967, on the eve of the 1967 Formula One Italian Grand Prix. It was a road-ready, hand-built vehicle with a top speed of 162 mph that was designed by famed car designer Franco Scaglione, who had a hand in many iconic Alfa designs. Just 18 of the models were ever produced with the majority completed in Alfa's signature red paint color with gray-gold wheels and black-and-tobacco interior.

The 4C Spider Stradale Tribute takes many of the design hallmarks of the 33 Stradale and blends them into the modern automobile. It will come exclusively in a Rosso Villa d'Este tri-coat exterior color and have gray-gold five-hole alloy wheels (18 inches in the front and 19-inches in the rear). The car's composite sort seats are covered in black Dinamica suede and tobacco-colored leather.

2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo 

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In front of the driver is a dedicated plaque marking the special edition's name. Similar plaques are featured on the side sills and center console. Each plaque features the car's individual number. The car also has "Centro Stile Alfa Romeo" exterior badges.

Each model comes with the 4C's six-speed twin-clutch transmission and all-aluminum 1750cc turbocharged engine. The power plant produces 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, a significant amount for a vehicle that weighs less than 2,500 pounds. It gets from zero to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds and has a top speed of 160 mph.

The car comes with a host of equipment that is traditionally offered as costly add-ons for buyers including an Akrapovic dual-mode center-mounted exhaust, race-tuned suspension, bi-xenon headlamps, battery charger, car cover, suede/leather seats and carbon fiber halo, rear wing, and Italian flag mirror caps. A piano-black front air intake and rear diffuser are available.

Customers also get treated to a matching, numbered book designed by Centro Stile (Alfa Romeo's design center) that chronicles the 4C's design concept, technology, materials, and Modena assembly facility as well as the history of the 33 Stradale.

"Since its introduction in 2014, the 4C has been a halo vehicle for Alfa Romeo, exciting enthusiasts around the world and spearheading the relaunch of the brand in North America," said Tim Kuniskis, Global Head of Alfa Romeo. "The 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo is an instant Alfa Romeo classic that passes the torch to the next generation of iconic Alfa Romeo vehicles, including the upcoming Tonale PHEV crossover that will start production next year."

Just 33 of the limited edition models will be made for the North American market. The car will be available at select dealers with a starting MSRP of $79,995, excluding the destination charge. The 2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo marks the final production run of the 4C Spider for North America.

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A new Texas-themed version of the Jeep Gladiator is on the way.

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Jeep has brought the Gladiator's off-road chops to the trails of the Lone Star State. The 2021 Jeep Gladiator Texas Trail is another of the the traditional of special edition vehicles for Texans who occupy the nation's largest truck market. It's the first time Jeep has offered a unique-to-Texas truck.

The new model builds on the Gladiator Sport S trim adding 17-inch Mid-Gloss Back Aluminum wheels wrapped in 32-inch mud-terrain tires, four-wheel drive, standard side steps, and the Trailer Tow Group. The Gladiator Texas Trail has a unique hood and decals that feature the year 1836 in the graphic as a nod to the year of the Texas Declaration of Independence. It also wears a black hardtop, black leather seats embossed with the Texas Trail graphic and comes equipped with the Technology Group and Convenience Group packages.

2021 Jeep Gl The vehicle is ready to be fully accessorized to the buyer's wishes.Photo courtesy of Stellantis

2021 Jeep Gl

The Texas-themed model features the buyer's choice of Jeep's new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine that's rated at 260 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque or the tried and true 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 power plant, which achieves 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.

Jeep has badged each of the models with Trail Rated status. To achieve this status, Jeep vehicles must pass extreme off-road capability challenges.

The Gladiator Texas Trail is available in 10 colors: black, white, Snazzberry, Granite Crystal, Sarge, Nacho, Hydro Blue, Firecracker Red, Billet Silver, and Sting-Gray. Jeep recently introduced a Snazzberry-colored Wrangler.

Each Gladiator comes with the Jeep Wave customer service program, which includes three years of maintenance, 24/7 phone/online support, trip interruption/first-day loaner coverage, and VIP access to Jeep events.

The 2021 Jeep Gladiator Texas Trail has a starting MSRP of $40,435 (plus $1,495 destination) and is currently available at Texas dealers.

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The Google logo appears for the first time on a car thanks to the partnership.

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"Hey Google, where is my Fiat 500X Hey Google parked?" A new lineup of car models from Fiat celebrates the technology of Hey Google. The special editions are mainly just a publicity stunt (for both companies), but buyers will be able to place an order for the fresh 500 family models this month.

Each car in the special series is equipped with the Hey Google voice assistant. Owners can connect their car to the their Google Nest Hub (included in a welcome kit with purchase) and smartphone, should they so choose.

Owners will use the phrase "Hey Google, ask my Fiat…" to get answers regarding questions about where the car is parked, how much fuel is left, the location of the nearest workshop, and much more.

Fiat 500 Family Hey Google: Fiat 500

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In addition to the tech, each Hey Google cars are equipped with unique exteriors and interiors. They have white paint jobs on their bodies and gloss black roofs and mirror caps. For the first time in automotive history, the Google logo is displayed on an automobile. The Hey Google badge is placed on the wheel arches of every model. Both B-pillars are also embellished with the multicoloured 'molecules' of the Hey Google logo.

The molecules are also displayed on the inside where they feature on the seats, which also have a label embroidered with "Hey Google". The dashboard fascia is matte silver with a white 500 logo.

At the center of the dashboard is a 7.0-inch touch screen display that features an animation where "Hey Google" appears then moves to the Google "G" then transforms to the Fiat logo.

Fiat will offer Hey Google editions of their 500, 500X, and 500L. The Fiat 500 hybrid Hey Google are priced from £16,005 OTR, 500X Hey Google priced from £21,765 OTR, and 500L Hey Google priced from £20,345 OTR

Deliveries are limited to the U.K. Ordering for the special series opens mid-April.

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