The Alfa Romeo 4C Concept first seen at Geneva appeared in a revamped form at Frankfurt
13 September 2011

Alfa Romeo's Frankfurt motor show display featured the stunning 4C Concept first unveiled at the Geneva show earlier this year.

The two-seater, mid-engined sports car is unchanged apart from a new paint scheme. At Frankfurt it appears in 'Fluid Metal' metallic silver, as opposed to the bright red it wore in Geneva.

Alfa has confirmed that it intends to the build a production version of the 4C to go on sale next year. The 200bhp-plus, mid-engined two-seater, which measures around four metres in length with a wheelbase of less than 2.4 metres, is likely to be the first of a family of small Fiat group sports cars over the next few years.

As such, the Alfa showcases a new lightweight construction that promises a kerb weight of under 850kg, mainly through the use of carbonfibre and aluminium in the body and subframe.

It is powered by a 1.7-litre turbocharged petrol engine, as used in the Giulietta, and features a twin dry-clutch transmission.

Alfa has declined to specify a precise horsepower figure for the motor but it produces 232bhp in other uses. It’s powerful enough to take the 4C Concept from 0-62mph in “under five seconds” and on to a top speed “of over 250km/h” (155mph).

The 4C has Alfa’s take on double-wishbone suspension at the front and MacPherson struts at the rear; the front/rear weight distribution is 40/60. Alfa says the car will feature its 'DNA' technology, which controls throttle response, steering and suspension settings.

Our Verdict

Alfa Romeo 4C
Alfa 4C is built to encapsulate all of the Alfa Romeo brand values

The 4C is Alfa's first true driver's car for decades, and it shows how brilliantly a small turbo four can go and sound in a lightweight package

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