by Jason Fogelson

After an absence of 20 years, Alfa Romeo has come roaring back to the United States with the 4C and 4C Spider. I got a chance to spend a week with the 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider last month, and I nearly fell in love. Nearly.

The idea of living with a mid-engine roadster has always intrigued me. I’ve always lusted after the old Porsche 914-6, a ridiculous little Targa-style two-seater that has no practical application beyond driving like a fool. The 4C Spider reminded me a little bit of the 914-6. It was fast, insanely maneuverable, and incredibly fun to drive around. It was also a pain to get in and out of. It was noisy. It transmitted every bump in the road through its overly supportive, narrow racing seats. I had to bribe my wife to go for rides.

In the end, I wound up appreciating the 4C for its merits, and forgiving it for its weaknesses. It is an affordable supercar, and a great reintroduction of a classic brand.

You can read my full review of the 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider on Forbes.com.

Photo (c) Jason Fogelson