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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 

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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The 2023 Crosstrek starts at $23,645.

Subaru

Subaru is one of the best at listening to its customers' needs, and the Crosstrek is a great example of that mindset. It's a useful vehicle with plenty of interior space and enough ground clearance to take its passengers well of the beaten path. Today, Subaru announced pricing for the 2023 Crosstrek and Crosstrek Hybrid. The duo will go on sale this summer.

Subaru CrosstrekThe Crosstrek's cabin is adventure-ready and packed with great tech. Subaru

The standard Crosstrek starts at $23,645 before destination and the Crosstrek Hybrid starts at $36,845. Five trims are available for the standard model, including Base, Premium, a new Special Edition, Sport, and Limited. The Hybrid comes in a single trim level. All Crosstrek variants get all-wheel drive with active torque vectoring and 8.7 inches of ground clearance.

The Base, Premium, and Special Edition trims come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 152 horsepower. The Sport and Limited trims get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder making 182 horsepower. Most models come with a continuously variable transmission, but the Base and Premium trims come standard with a six-speed manual gearbox. The Crosstrek Hybrid comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder paired with two electric motors. The plug-in system can deliver 17 miles of electric range.

Subaru CrosstrekThe Crosstrek delivers 8.7 inches of ground clearance.Subaru

True to Subaru form, the Crosstrek comes with a full suite of advanced driver aids, including automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, lane departure alerts, adaptive cruise, and more. These features are only available for CVT-equipped models. The Limited trim and the Crosstrek Hybrid add automatic high beams, reverse automatic braking, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alerts.

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The 3.0-liter twin-turbo engine delivers big power numbers.

Stellantis

The old saying that there's "no replacement for displacement" isn't quite as accurate as it once was. Turbochargers and the latest engine designs have made it possible to extract major power from smaller, more efficient power plants. Stellantis' latest announcement proves this point, as its new Hurricane inline-six-cylinder engine will generate big power numbers from a relatively modest 3.0 liters and two turbos.

Stellantis says two variants will be available. The standard output version produces more than 400 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque, while a high output variant delivers more than 500 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque. The twin-turbo inline-six delivers that power with up to 15 percent better fuel efficiency.

Stellantis Hurricane Inline-SixIt's not yet clear which vehicles will get the engine.Stellantis

The new engine comes as Stellantis works to position itself for an electrified future. The automaker stated a goal of 50 percent a 50 percent battery electric vehicle mix by 2030, but notes that gas engines will still play a major role in its vehicle line for years to come. "The Hurricane twin-turbo is a no-compromise engine that delivers better fuel economy and an important reduction in greenhouse gases without asking our customers to give up performance," said Micky Bly, Stellantis head of propulsion systems.

At this point, it's unclear which vehicles will get the new engine, but Stellantis' brands are packed with opportunities. Dodge, whose Hellcat-powered muscle cars could be a good candidate, and then there's Jeep, with a line of off-road-ready SUVs that could greatly benefit from such an engine. The Hurricane's projected high output of 500 horsepower puts it behind the Hellcat engines power output, but it's still strong enough to make a seriously quick vehicle.

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