Production version of Alfa's new sports car seen track testing, Launch Edition deliveries expected this month
Darren Moss
17 September 2013

The Alfa Romeo 4C, seen here track testing, will cost from £45,000 when it goes on sale next month.

The 4C, conceived as a supercar-beating sports car with a combination of light weight, modest power and agile handling, is already on sale in the form of the £52,000 Launch Edition

Alfa has acheived 215bhp/tonne with the 4C's  237bhp 1.7-litre turbocharged engine, meaning a 0-62mph sprint time of 5.0 seconds and a top speed of 160mph. The engine is mated to the latest generation of Alfa's dry twin-clutch transmission. Up to 80 per cent of the car's 258lb/ft of torque is available from 1800rpm, something that Alfa says underlines the flexible nature of the new engine. Rumours still persist that a V6-engined option will also become available in the future. Alfa's DNA driver select system is also incorporated, and now also features a new 'race' mode.

With a dry weight of just 895kg the Alfa Romeo 4C is certainly lightweight. Carbonfibre accounts for just ten per cent of that weight, but makes up over a quarter of its volume including forming the 65kg tub. A special formulation of sheet moulding compound composite is used to form the body, while even the glass for the windows has been pared down by up to 15 per cent to reduce weight.

Alfa Romeo says the 4C can acheive up to 41.5mpg on a combined cycle and emits 157g/km of C02.

The 4C's front suspension uses a double-wishbone configuration, while the rear suspension features a tuned McPherson arrangement. The brakes have been engineered with track use in mind, and sit on 17-inch front and 18-inch rear wheels. Optional 19-inch wheels can also be ordered.

The 4C is built at Maserati's Modena plant in dedicated workshops, occupying space previously used for production of the Maserati Quattroporte. Overall, each 4C takes between 20 and 25 hours to build. The company says it has the capacity to produce up to 1000 units per year. Alfa Romeo says the car is the spiritual descendant of its 33 Stradale, built between 1967 and 1969.

Just 3500 examples of the car will be built, with the first deliveries expected early next year.

You can read Autocar's full first drive review of the Alfa Romeo 4C next week and you can read our first impressions from a passenger ride at the Goodwood Festival of Speed here.

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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17 September 2013

Or is Alfa just keen for a bit more publicity at the moment. This has to be one of the most eagerly awaited road tests in Autocar, I just can't wait.

17 September 2013

If Alfa Romeo are only going to make 3500 examples of the 4C, then it isn't even worth engineering a RHD version. I was expecting a car for the next 10 years.

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22 September 2013

Quote taken from Alfa Romeo 4C Presspack:

'The annual overall availability is limited to 3,500 cars, 1,000 of which are destined to the European markets due to constraints bound to the technical and technological solutions adopted.'

Apologies, I hadn't read the previous comment from PhilcUK. Agree, bit of a howler from Autocar there...

17 September 2013

Its a pretty Italian face but nothing more than that. It wouldnt see which way a Lotus Evora or Exige went and these are no less good looking in my view. I also struggle to believe it will tip the scales at less than 1 Ton with half a tank of fuel let alone 900 KG.
Want a nice Auto coupe? Buy an RCZ and save yourself 20K.

ofir

17 September 2013

I actually cannot believe how much beef people seem to have with this car. If this exact model had an anonymous face grafted onto it and a Porsche badge glued on instead, this and a few other forums would be filled with comments about how they "truly understand how vital weight saving is for the keen driver", how 'the absence of power steering marks a huge win for the engineering dept over their cousins in marketing" or how "they should be commended for lowering CO2 emissions by over 25g/km over the cleanest Boxster".

Instead we get the usual cliches that, since its Italian, it's clearly a case of style over substance...

17 September 2013

I spent quite a bit of time looking at the 4C at Geneva, sitting in the car, getting a full overview. The thing that struck me is just how similar it is to my supercharged Elise. The size is almost identical, the power about the same, the luggage space about the same. Yes, it has a bit lower sills which made getting in/out easier but you came away thinking that Alfa designers had used the Elise as their benchmark.

It would be interesting to see the comparison between the two. The finish on the GVA show car wasn't really any better than a modern Elise - certainly below what I'd have expected from a mass-manufacturer. I guess the big difference is that Lotus hasn't ever delivered their IPS automated manual gearbox and the Alfa won't have the option of a manual.

18 September 2013

...I can't believe they are only building 3500 of them. Is that right?

Or does that just refer to the launch edition?

18 September 2013
Tom Chet wrote:

...I can't believe they are only building 3500 of them. Is that right?

Or does that just refer to the launch edition?

Copy and paste traumas in the Autocar editorial department again - Alfa said they will build 3500 4C's - ANNUALLY - an increase of almost a thousand units per year. Not a total production of 3500 cars. If that were really the case then there wouldn't be any left when it came time to lead the brand relaunch in the US next year now would they?

18 September 2013
philcUK wrote:

Copy and paste traumas in the Autocar editorial department again - Alfa said they will build 3500 4C's - ANNUALLY -

Quite right, a rather large clanger on Autocar's part! The press release also stated that UK buyers were asked to register their interest now for deliveries in late 2014, not early next year.


18 September 2013

Given the turbo, twin phaser and direct injection, it could and should have packed more punch.
They could have given it the same power-two-capacity as the Golf R (260 hp from a 1.75) or even 300hp, matching the total power of the Golf R and the power-to-capacity of the A45AMG.
It should not be that difficult with the turbo.
I can't help feeling that they are leaving space for a more powerful version, either Alfa or more probably Maserati.
Shame.

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