Geneva motor show reveal for the 300bhp, 1000kg hardcore 4C sports car aimed at true Alfistas
Mark Tisshaw
26 October 2012

The Alfa Romeo 4C will be launched at the Geneva motor show next March before going on sale later in the year, Autocar has learned. Sources have confirmed that the new sports car is at an advanced stage of development and is set to stay true to the concept first seen at last year’s Geneva show.

The 4C will be powered by a new aluminium version of Alfa’s 1742cc turbocharged petrol engine, producing around 300bhp. A claimed kerb weight of less than 1000kg will give the mid-engined 4C one of the best power-to-weight ratios in its class — one of the key targets of the project.

The 4C sends power to the rear wheels through a six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, which sources have confirmed will be the only transmission on offer in the new sports car.

Styling and proportions are also expected to keep faith with the acclaimed 2011 concept. Although it is intended to be a global car, the 4C will be built only in Italy. Production will not be capped at a certain number; rather, it will be “built to demand”, sources claim. It is a “hardcore Alfa designed to appeal to the true Alfistas”, our sources added.

Doubts had been cast over the 4C’s launch date because Alfa’s own relaunch in America has been pushed back. There is also continued uncertainty about the Fiat Group’s model plans ahead of an announcement on 30 October.

The 4C, however, is very much at the forefront of Alfa’s model plans, and will be the headline car at the brand’s US relaunch in 2013-2014. An open-top version of the 4C will follow in 2014-2015, sources have confirmed.

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

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26 October 2012

Hope it's going to be around M3 money.

26 October 2012

Hope it handles as well as the Lotus Elise 'cause it sure looks like one

26 October 2012

True successor to the 916 GTV!

Best fun car I ever owned!

26 October 2012

Stuart Milne wrote:

The 4C will be powered by a new aluminium version of Alfa’s 1742cc turbocharged petrol engine, producing around 300bhp. A claimed kerb weight of less than 1000kg will give the mid-engined 4C one of the best power-to-weight ratios in its class — one of the key targets of the project.

Do we know which class it thinks it's in? are we talking £40k Boxster money here, or £80k 911 money? or will it sit with the New Jaguar in the middle somewhere at around £60k ?

Myk

26 October 2012

Like others I'm really interested in which price point this is going to be in.  It's a stunning car - I just hope it's reasonably affordable, like 40k instead of 80k.  At 40k I'm going to start saving.  I seriously want this car.

26 October 2012

Bling it up, Bling it up.

26 October 2012

If this car truly comes on at 1000kg and 300bhp it should have epic performance. I'm guessing the physical size of the car will have to be pretty small to weigh just a ton? Either that or it's pure carbon fibre in which case it will cost nearer to 100k I would think.

If Lotus can charge 40k for an elise of the same size then Alfa shouldnt have any trouble shifting these at 50k with a few more luxuries.

26 October 2012

Well I know the concept car was small, similar in size to a Lotus Elise, and the "projected" price was estimated around £45k. We will see... I hope so!!!!!!!!!!! This could be a great mid-life crisis car for me...

26 October 2012

On good authority I heard it'll weigh ariound 900kg (original target was 850kg...). The KTM X-Bow which has a similar layout/chassis but without glass/roof weighs 790kg. Apparently the Alfa engine is lighter than the KTM's Audi unit.

New taxation rates in Italy heavily penalise cars with over 250bhp so I'd expect a base version with 250bhp and a Cloverleaf with more(hopefully 300....).

27 October 2012

Had the good fortune to see the 4c at the Maserati factory yesterday, it was on one of the technician's ramps and we were stopped from getting too close but I can confirm it is tiny, just as the concept was, it had some rather disappointing looking wheels on it and was covered in tape but it would seem not much has changed.  

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