Alfa Romeo has disclosed more technical and production information about its up and coming Alfa Romeo 4C compact supercar. The two-bucket seat Alfa Romeo 4C uses technologies and materials derived from the 8C Competizione -- carbon, aluminium, rear-wheel drive. It also uses technologies from the latest Alfa Romeo models, but were further developed to enhance the compact supercar’s sports appeal. The Alfa Romeo 4C is powered by a new 1750 Turbo Petrol engine featuring direct injection and aluminium block.
The engine is paired to a modern ALFA TCT twin dry clutch transmission and features the Alfa DNA selector with the brand-new Race mode. The production process for the Alfa Romeo 4C combines Alfa Romeo’s design roles and Maserati’s manufacturing functions with engineering and technological contribution from the best of Italian parts makers.
Designers of the Alfa Romeo 4C focused on lightness and efficiency over greater horsepower, which would have affected the model’s purchase and maintenance costs. This makes the compact supercar to become both exclusive and achievable for Alfa Romeo fans across the world.
Through sophisticated technology and superb craftsmanship as well as modern materials, the Alfa Romeo 4C boasts of a weight to power ratio that is less than 4kg/HP with a total dry weight of just 895kg. The Alfa 4C uses 10% carbon fiber that accounts for 25% of the model’s overall volume. Carbon fiber offers the best weight/stiffness efficiency for the model.
The structural function monocoque makes up the central, load-bearing cell of the chassis, but only weighs 65kg. Having access to Formula 1-inspired manufacturing technology and the manual craftsmanship of the Italian artisans, Alfa Romeo is the only brand that could assure a production of over 1,000 examples annually. The Alfa Romeo 4c will have its dynamic UK debut at the 2013 Festival of Speed in Goodwood.