Alfa Romeo 4C will enter production and become firm’s halo car

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 20, 2011

Alfa Romeo’s return to the U.S. is even more eagerly awaited with reports that Fiat has filled the 4C sports coupe with a lot of lightweight carbon fiber and offers it with a 230hp turbocharged four-cylinder powerplant, rear-wheel-drive and a 0-60 mph sprint time of 4.5-seconds.

At the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, the concept debuted with a matte red finish. Earlier this year, it was displayed in Frankfurt with a liquid-metal finish.

Top Gear has confirmed that Alfa Romeo’s 4C will enter production. Testing starts next year and it is expected to arrive in the market in 2013. It’s speculated that the 4C has a price tag of about £45,000, which is approximately $70,000.

A vehicle with this pack and performance would be a force to reckon with in this price range in Europe. Fans in the U.S. are certainly on the lookout of its arrival as Chrysler reintroduces the brand to the US. It’s possible that Alfa Romeo will release a 4C model that delivers up to 300hp. A roadster variant may also be arriving later on.

The Alfa Romeo 4C is a unique vehicle. What makes the 4C so different is the level of precision and care that Alfa Romeo put into all their products. Coming with 2 bucket seats as standard, the 4C is a compact vehicle under 4m in length, 2m wide, and just over a metre high. Even the wheelbase has been shrunk down to just 2.4 metres. With these proportions, the Alfa Romeo has put a lot of work into creating an agile, athletic supercar.

One of the key targets for the design team at Centro Stile was to create a new product which was not only dynamic but also stylish, technologically adaptable and capable of great performance.

In order to achieve these aims, the design team took the unusual approach of treating the finished design as a sculpture. Together with the engineering department, they chipped away at it, improving the aerodynamics by streamlining the contours of the car. The result has created a hybrid of outstanding beauty and one which has a number of technological achievements. This is a key achievement in all Alfa Romeo sports cars.

4C comes with improved downforce, grip and efficiency to aid in cornering. A lot of which comes not only due to the athleticism of the vehicle but also its rear, whose bulk and strength can be witnessed similarly to the engine, which is visible through the window.

The design team for the bold rear chassis has gone with the option of installing round rear lights, additional air inlets both side and rear for the intercooler and engine. These flairs are responsible for much of the 4C's power and style. Racing along the bonnet to the headlights, these together form the “V” or 'Trefoil', a design choice inherent in all Alfa Romeos.

But this design serves a purpose much like the choices at the rear of the vehicle. For example, the twin lines which run alongside the number plate holder are not just flair. They add light and a sense of movement to the rear. However, in the event of a crash, they protect the light cluster.

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