Comparing an Alfa Romeo 4C to basically anything else on sale today is an unfair process. That’s because the Italians truly made a unique car, one that provides incredible performance in a compact package with a small engine. However, the video below pits the Alfa against another interesting car, one that is no longer in production, the MINI JCW Roadster.

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The Roadster was taken out of the line-up a while back and the reason was pretty obvious: low sales. The Roadster was always a favorite of mine in the MINI range but I understand why it was discontinued. The more traditional Convertible model is a bit more practical and nearly as much fun, and it sold in higher numbers. In JCW guise you’d also get over 200 HP from its 1.6-liter turbocharged engine which was more than decent for such a small car.

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In the video below we get to see the Roadster JCW going up against the Alfa Romeo 4C in an old-school drag race. There’s a bit of a twist at play though. In drag racing, the big differentiator is the power to weight ratio. The MINI JCW Roadster uses a tuned engine in this video, one that was taken up to 270 HP, a noticeable increase over the stock numbers. At the same time, the Alfa was stock, meaning its 1.75-liter engine delivers 240 HP.

The Alfa is also lighter and rear-wheel drive and comes with an automatic gearbox, with launch control. The MINI is a manual and therefore, a lot will depend on the skills of the man behind the wheel. Luckily, he’s been driving the car for quite a long time and probably knows it really well. The video also includes a couple of launches from the Alfa without launch control. Let’s see what happened.