As you may know already, Alfa Romeo will bring at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show the 4C Concept, a new car which will became firm’s halo car. According to the latest reports, the new car will be inspired by the legendary 33 Stradale, a car built back in 1967 which became a collector's item due to its performance characteristics and due to the fact that only 18 units were ever produced.
Moreover, the car will also be inspired by the 8C Competizione, a limited edition supercar released by Alfa Romeo which was too expensive for the market.
Regarding the 33 Stradale, this was a rear-engine, rear-drive two-seat coupe powered by a 2.0-liter V8 engine delivering 230 hp and borrowed from the Alfa 33 racecar.
The new 4C will be launched in the final quarter of 2012 and will be priced at about 45,000 euros ($62,000) in Europe, which means that it will be brand’s first affordable rear-drive model after the Duetto Spider.
For those who don’t know, the Alfa Romeo Duetto Spider was discontinued back in 1994. This car was in production for an impressive 30 years.
The new Alfa Romeo concept car – built using the experience gained from the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione and 8C Spider models – features the rear-wheel drive found in these exclusive supercars. Moreover, the 4C concept’s rear wheel drive configuration preaches the philosophy that strives to attain optimal driving pleasure and the vaunted Alfa Romeo road handling.
The Alfa Romero 8C Competizione and the 8C Spider pursued this by offering more power, while the Alfa Romeo 4C Concept takes on the objective by reducing weight, which is achieved by employing carbon extensively.
Thanks to the use of more carbon parts and components, the new 8C Competizione and the 8C Spider deliver superb agility and a weight/power ratio lower than 4 kg/HP. The new Alfa Romeo features a body entirely made from carbon and a rear frame structure and crash boxes made mostly of aluminum.
All these solutions allowed Alfa Romeo to significantly reduce the 4C Concept’s weight at less than 850 kg while optimizing its center of gravity, resulting to a new level of agility and drivability. The concept derives its name from the sports driving pleasure that the spectacular 200 HP "4 cylinder" 1750 Turbo Petrol engine could offer.
This engine -- fitted on a number of production models like the Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde – features innovative technical solutions like direct injection, turbocharger and dual continuous variable valve timing, as well as the scavenging control system.
This engine offers a performance similar to or topping that of a 3 liter engine and fuel consumption level comparable to a compact 4-cylinder engine. The 1750 Turbo petrol engine is mated to a new automatic "Alfa TCT" twin dry clutch transmission, a combination that allows the Alfa Romeo 4C Concept to accelerate from zero to 100 km in under 5 seconds and achieve a top speed of over 250 km/h.
This engine is placed centrally in the rear of the concept. Since the Alfa Romeo 4C Concept has been integrated with Alfa DNA technology, it features an array of on-board technology that intensifies the vehicle’s competitive nature.