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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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Dream job alert

You could become Dodge's Chief Donut Maker

You can apply to become a Dodge ambassador with some great perks.

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One lucky person is about to win the car enthusiast's job of a lifetime, though only for a year. Beginning today, Dodge is accepting applications for its new and temporary Chief Donut Maker

If the title alone isn't enough to make the job sound appealing, the benefits are seemingly endless. The lucky new Dodge "employee" will pick up a $150,000 salary, along with the opportunity to drive an SRT Hellcat company car for the year. Additionally, the winner will participate in all manner of racing and car-related events, take courses at Radford Racing School, and get a load of Dodge-branded clothing.

Dodge is Hiring a Chief Donut Maker www.youtube.com

If you're reading this and thinking it sounds like a blast - you're right. There's a catch, however, which comes in the form of an intense consideration process that culminates in a racing event with a pro driver on a closed course. A panel of judges will evaluate the video entries, and wrestler Bill Goldberg will oversee the race between the top ten finalists. Dodge says the series of eliminations will air like a reality TV show, with the winner being revealed in the final episode.

Today is the opening day of the application period. You have until February 28 to submit your short video, which can be a maximum of two minutes. Get busy making your video and head here to submit it before the deadline.

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Discontinued sedan

Volkswagen nixing Passat after 2022 model year

Racing Green Metallic is one of four exclusive colors for the car.

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After five decades on sale in the U.S., Volkswagen is pulling the plug on the midsize Passat. The explosion of SUVs' popularity and the need to shift production power to electric vehicles are behind the decision, which will take place after the 2022 model year. The cars have been built at the automaker's Chattanooga, TN plant since 2011, but the facility is being repurposed as VW's North American hub for electric vehicle assembly.

Volkswagen is giving the car one last hurrah, however, in the form of the Passat Limited Edition. The car features 18-inch wheels, LED headlights with an Advanced Front Lighting System, and an easy-open trunk. Inside, the cars come with sport seats wrapped in Vienna leather, memory seating, a Fender Premium Audio System, parking assistance, and parking sensors.


2022 Volkswagen Passat Limited Edition Each car gets a special model tag with its limited production number.Volkswagen


Only 1,973 of the cars will be built, and it will only be sold in four colors, each with its own limited production numbers that have special meaning for the Passat:

  • Aurora Red Metallic with Titan Black interior: 411 units to represent the original vehicle production code
  • Racing Green Metallic with Mauro Brown interior: 423 units to commemorate the Chattanooga 423 area code
  • Pure white with Mauro Brown interior: 524 units to signify the Chattanooga plant's May 24 opening date
  • Platinum Great Metallic with Titan Black interior: 615 units to signify six generations of imported Passats, one generation assembled in Chattanooga, and five decades of U.S. sales

Pricing for the 2022 Passat starts at $31,290, which includes a $995 destination fee. Adding Aurora Red Metallic drives the price up by an additional $395. Each car will receive a special number plate to designate its place in the limited production run.


2022 Volkswagen Passat Limited Edition The Passat Limited Edition gets several upscale features. Volkswagen

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