Facelifted 4C is coming next year, but may continue only as a convertible due to type approval difficulties

The future of the Alfa Romeo 4C coupé has been called into question, although the convertible will live on into 2019. 

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles confirmed to Autocar that the car's future is in question, with CEO Sergio Marchionne saying: "The 4C has some technical limitations in terms of type approval outside the US and Europe, so it has a limited future, as it will no longer be possible to register it and have it approved. For structural reasons, because of the monocoque". 

If the 4C coupé were to be axed, it would leave Alfa Romeo without a coupé offering until the GTV returns before 2022

The 4C, as a convertible, will be facelifted after five years on sale, with a reveal expected to take place before the end of the year and sales commencing early next year. 

Alfa and Maserati engineering boss Roberto Fedeli confirmed to Autocar last year that revised suspension and steering would lead upgrades to improve the 4C’s on-road manners, while a new engine is also possible. 

The 4C coupé's business case is ever harder for the model; the sports car market in Europe is unstable and the ageing 4C is not the class leader in terms of sales. Even the market-leading Audi TT shifted only 5520 units between January and May. 

Elsewhere, Alfa is strengthening its sports car efforts. The new GTV will get a Quadrifoglio variant and expected cooking versions, while the 8C will return as a 700bhp-plus hybrid four-wheel-drive supercar capable of a 0-62mph sprint of less than three seconds.

Given the already low volume, however, if the car is unlikely to continue in right-hand drive if discontinued in left-hand drive.

 

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28 June 2018
Or they could send it to Lotus to sort out the chassis :)

28 June 2018

Wow, hard to think of this car being described as 'aging' as it only seems like yesterday that it was launched.  There is no doubt that it's flawed, but I'd like to think of it as a flawed gem and it's bound to become a future classic.

Sad it's going, the market will be worse for losing it.

The car-buying public gets what it deserves, unfortunately ...

28 June 2018

Wow, hard to think of this car being described as 'aging' as it only seems like yesterday that it was launched.  There is no doubt that it's flawed, but I'd like to think of it as a flawed gem and it's bound to become a future classic.

Sad it's going, the market will be worse for losing it.

The car-buying public gets what it deserves, unfortunately ...

28 June 2018

Wow, hard to think of this car being described as 'aging' as it only seems like yesterday that it was launched.  There is no doubt that it's flawed, but I'd like to think of it as a flawed gem and it's bound to become a future classic.

Sad it's going, the market will be worse for losing it.

The car-buying public gets what it deserves, unfortunately ...

28 June 2018

I imagine the Alpine has killed it. The market for this sort of thing is small enough, but the Alpine is newer, and so we are told, drives better. I suspect most people who wanted one of these have already bought one

28 June 2018

Until now. I thought it had already been axed to be honest. Reviews didn't seem to think much of it, and I've never seen one in the flesh, but if you have one it ought to be worth keeping as a classic car of the future. Classic cars don't have to be good cars, just interesting ones.

28 June 2018

I never really connected with the 4c design, as to me, it just doesn’t look Italian. I always felt it looked as though it should be wearing a Lotus badge! 

28 June 2018

The Alfa coupes of old looked good. The 90s GTV was Paninfarina masterpiece that looks contemporary, the GT was a good looking car, the Brera was stunning.

The 4C was a bit of an ugly duckling with those Mito style blob lights turned into fly eyes. From reviews it was said to be a bit too wide for European streets and parking.

28 June 2018

Interesting choice of registration plate. :D

28 June 2018

How many times do we have to tell Alfa to build a relatively affordable Spider. They're going to the GTV and new 8C at the top end so something a bit more 'mid-tier' would be great.

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