Alfa Romeo 4C Spider: driving the most impractical car I’ve ever loved

Driving the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider is a bit like listening to Prince. It’s mind-blowingly good, but sometimes it’s just staggeringly inappropriate.

In my time with it earlier this month, the 4C was particularly good at tearing down through the Santa Monica Mountains towards the Pacific Coast Highway and the beaches of Malibu. Or when you stomp the gas and get the ass sideways on a (deserted) downtown LA street. These scenarios are where the little Italian sports car performs best.

The 4C, especially with the top ripped off, is a snarling, rasping, wheezing monster. I don’t know how this car passed the noise regulations, and frankly I don’t give a damn. Some engineers at Alfa thought that installing the tiny, rev-happy 1.7-liter…

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