Alfa Romeo 4C - Awfully fun

We're in a love/hate relationship

alfa romeo 4c
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Video: Alfa Romeo is back with new 4C

The folks from Alfa Romeo invited me to San Francisco to try out the new 4C, the automaker's return to the U.S. market after a 20-year absence. Well, I have good news and bad news.

First the bad news: I hated the the new 4C. It's an inconvenient and uncomfortable car. I drove the hell out of it and I couldn't wait to get out of it.

Now the good news: I absolutely loved the new 4C. It's a super-sexy car that's outrageously fun to drive. I drove the hell out of it and I couldn't wait to go back for me.

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Now, before you accuse me of having spent too much time in Haight-Ashbury, let me explain.

I'd spent hours behind the wheel and nearly wore myself out driving this car. As I drove, I compiled a list of complaints that grew by the mile. The Alfa Romeo 4C isn't anyone's idea of pleasant.

But then a funny thing happened as I was leaving my San Francisco hotel on my way to the airport to fly back home. A line of 4Cs was parked out front and I just really wanted to get in one and drive it some more.

First published October 6, 2014: 1:13 PM ET

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