Alfa Romeo 4C – Lightweight and Beautiful

08 Mar, 2011

Weighing in at only 1873 lbs., the Alfa Romeo 4C is actually slightly lighter than an Elise which means it should be one hell of a driver's car. It will feature a turbo-charged Inline 4 putting out slightly more than 200hp connected to a dual clutch transmission. 0-60mph is expected to be in the mid 4's.

The best part? It's coming to the US and Alfa plans to build 20,000 of them over a 5 year period. Price in Europe is expected to be around $62,000.

8 Comments

  1. Eric
    March 11, 2011

    Beautiful car right here, like a mini 8c. Alfa Romeo went in a strange direction though, you’d think they would first make a base model to sell in the U.S. market, before going on and making another sport car. But i’m not complaining, this is a great sport car, especially with the increase in gas prices.

  2. Jon
    March 13, 2011

    Eh, so what would make me buy this when i could buy the faster Lotus Exige for less money?

    If it’s $62k in europe it would prob be $80k+ in the US. For $80k i’d much rather have a Nissan GT-R or Caterham or Ariel Atom.

    • March 22, 2011

      Id take the exige also but I’m guessing this will be a bit more upscale to justify its price.

  3. Eric
    March 16, 2011

    There’s always the GTA version or possibly the Autodelta version to look forward to if it’s speed you want. Actually this car’s faster than the Exige already. Alfa had a habit of jacking up the prices on their sport cars, but the rest of their cars are at a fair price or under priced.

  4. sapta
    March 25, 2011

    on the first look, it curves reminds me of 1st gen. hyundai tiburon (hyundai coupe). with much better finishing, though.

  5. Eric
    March 30, 2011

    A bit more? this is an Alfa Romeo. No offense to Lotus which does make some beautiful cars, but the Alfa Romeo brand and history goes way back with a long list of beautifully styled cars and a racing history that is second to none. Ferrari being “born” of Alfa Romeo is testament to that. So taken all that into consideration along with the powerful and economical 1750 Turbo Benzina engine which has a great exhaust note and has good potential for upgrades, the price is well justified. It’s not really my favorite type of car, but if I had to choose between this and a Lotus, I’d take the Alfa without hesitation.

  6. Eric
    November 04, 2011

    Oh and It’s definitely not going to be $62k that’s pushing it, more like $45k at most. Since Alfa Romeo tends to try and make models that cost somewhat less than their nearest competitors. Also for whoever said the Lotus Elise was faster lol? The 2011 Elise SC has a 0-60 mph of 4.3 the highest of any Elise and it’s a super charged actual 1.8 liter compared to the Alfa’s 1.750. The Alfa even though not mentioned here is expected to top 4.5 0-62 mph since the Alfa Mito GTA concept which had the same engine but weighs more and is a FWD hatchback, accomplished a 4.5 0-62. So at any rate I highly doubt any Elise will top this new Alfa unless they make some serious changes in the future models. Also keep in mind the Alfa Romeo is lighter and will make more hp: At least 232 hp or more (As seen on the 2011 Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV which shares the same engine) compared to the Elise SC’s 218 hp. This Alfa Romeo’s engine may even exceed 232 hp since they will probably make some tuning changes to it, where as the Giulietta is a sporty FWD hatch back with the engine detuned or not at it’s full capacity.

  7. Eric
    January 29, 2012

    Ok I’ve got some good news and bad news about the 4c. The bad news is that the production model will not be made entirely of carbon fiber and some elements of the frame will be aluminum instead possibly increasing the weight to 2000lbs even. The other bad news is that even though the 1.75 l engine that’s already used in the Giulietta QV produces 232 hp, the 4c will use a de-tuned 1.8 l with 230 hp. It still keeps a 0-62 of 4.5 seconds and it’s top speed comes in at 155. The good news is that even with the changes the performance hasn’t changed for the worse and the new engine is actually lighter than the 1.75 l . The really good news is that a 300hp version of the new 1.8 l engine is available, and may or may not be used in the GTA high performance version of the 4c.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfa_Romeo_4C#cite_note-topgear.com-6

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