Designed as a pure driving machine, the stylish newcomer marks a return to the lightweight-sports-coupe scene for the Italian brand.
Produced at the Maserati plant in Modena, the new supercar is also the first of several new models to herald Alfa Romeo’s global growth plan.
In its bid to achieve the power-to- weight ratio of an authentic supercar, the 4C uses the latest technologies and materials like carbon fibre and aluminium derived from super
sports models like the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione.
It is powered by a new 240bhp, 1750cc turbo petrol engine, which is an evolution of the unit already seen in the Quadrifoglio Verde version of the Giulietta.
It includes direct fuel injection, dual continuous variable valve timing and a revolutionary scavenging control system that gets rid of any turbo lag.
Alfa’s TCT twin dry clutch transmission is used, including shift paddles behind the steering wheel.
The car also marks the debut of the new Alfa DNA selector, which not only features the three standard settings available until now – Dynamic, Natural and All Weather – but also a Race mode designed to further enhance the driving experience on a race track.
As for size, the mid-engined rear-wheel-drive coupe with two bucket seats is just under four metres long, 200cms wide, 118cms high and with a wheelbase of less than 2.4 metres, putting it in the same ball park as the Lotus Elise.
Acceleration from 0-62mph takes 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 160mph and Alfa say the 4C has
the potential to also return an impressive 41.5mpg. Emissions are 157g/km.
The order book opens next month and global production will be limited to just 3500 cars.