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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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The Bugatti Chiron Sport "Les Légendes du Ciel" edition pays homage to vintage aircraft.

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In the aftermath of World War I, company founder Ettore Bugatti showcased the first three vehicles made by the company that bore his name. They were race cars and Bugatti found itself at the pinnacle of the sport very quickly.

By 1930, the company would begin its relationship with the aerospace industry, first with the Bugatti 100P, which never actually flew due to World War II, but served as the inspiration for a number of patents that are filed by the company. The plane went into storage as the Second World War kicked off and Mr. Bugatti would never again work on it during his lifetime.

Bugatti Chiron Sport "Les Légendes du Ciel" edition

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Bugatti is honoring its racing and aviation past with a new series of Chiron Sport models dubbed "Les Légendes du Ciel". The drivers who piloted the Bugattis to success in the early 1900s were often time multitalented with resumes declaring them flying aces, daredevils, and technically skilled pilots.

"Bugatti has had close associations with aviation since the company was established more than 110 years ago. Many successful Bugatti racing drivers, such as Albert Divo, Robert Benoist and Bartolomeo 'Meo' Costantini, flew for the French Air Force, the French aviator legend Roland Garros privately drove a Bugatti Type 18 to be as fast on the road as in the air," says Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti. "It is therefore almost an obligation for us today to pay tribute to the legends of that time and dedicate a special edition to them."

Each of the new models features a special, matte gray "Gris Serpent" paint job, which is inspired by the exterior color of aircrafts from the 1920s. The color extends front to rear with high-contrast, which gloss stripe running up the center. The front wings are adorned with the "Les Légendes du Ciel" logo. The "Le Bleu-Blanc-Rouge" tricolor decorates the front area of the side sills made of exposed black carbon fiber.

At the front is Bugatti's traditional horseshoe radiator grille, finished in gloss black. The grille mesh is made of laser-cut and deep-drawn aluminum, and constructed in a dynamic pattern that that is repeated on the car's leather seats. Entry lights project the edition logo on the ground at entry while "Les Légendes du Ciel" logo on the middle console inlays.

Bugatti has covered the engine with black exposed carbon fiber with contrasting white lettering. The material continues at the back where black exposed carbon fibre and a black-coated exhaust trim cover made of 3D printed, high-temperature-resistant Inconel dominate.

The car's interior is almost entirely upholstered in leather. The leather's light brown color was chosen to be reminiscent of the natural leather in early aircrafts. On the door panels there is a hand-sketched racing scene between the Nieuport 17 aircraft and a Bugatti Type 13.

The new Bugatti Chiron Sport "Les Légendes du Ciel" edition is limited to 20 vehicles. Every model is independently numbered and costs $3.5 million.

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Three Bugatti Divos have been delivered to U.S. customers.

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Three Bugatti customers on the West Coast have started 2021 off on a better note than the rest of us. Bugatti of Beverly Hills was recently able to deliver three of the four Bugatti Divo supercars that have been commissioned through the dealership to their new owners.

Each of the models has been customized to deliver the high-performance, exclusive drive and ride experience required by its commissioner. Ahead of their delivery, the three Divos took to the track together completing laps at The Thermal Club in Palm Desert, California.

The Divo itself is a unique Bugatti even before customization. It rides on new architecture that features more air inlets than other Bugatti models and a wide front spoiler that works to provide optimal air supply and aid with downforce. The car looks lower and longer than other Bugattis due to its slimmer side line. At the front of the grille is the traditional, 159-gram Bugatti emblem.

U.S.-bound Bugatti Divos

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Each model is powered by a 8.0-liter W16 engine that achieves 1500 horsepower. That engine can propel the car up to its 236 mph top speed.

Bugatti's Atelier in Molsheim is charged with the creation of each Divo. The first deliveries of the hyper sports cars took place in August 2020. By the end of the first months of 2021, all Divos will have been delivered to their new homes.

"To see these spectacular automobile works of art go from a piece of paper to sitting here in front of me is a phenomenal feeling," says Tim O'Hara, General Manager Bugatti Beverly Hills. "It was a very involved and lengthy process that demanded our best skills and expertise. To deliver 4 of only 40 to be built in the world and see the project through fruition is deeply gratifying."

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