Alfa Romeo 4C teased ahead of 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show debut

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 4, 2011

We’re waiting for Alfa Romeo to introduce the production version of the 4C at the upcoming Frankfurt Auto Show. The automaker hasn’t given out a lot of details and the teaser image that was released recently doesn’t really show a lot. Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne has been delaying the unveiling of the Giulia and the rear-drive, two-seater 4C was just too bizarre to be seen as the real thing.

The teaser looks almost the same as the Geneva concept except that it is colored metallic gray, a more realistic shade. Marchionne has made a promise for the Alfa Romeo 4C to arrive in European showrooms during the first half of 2012 and for the US market to get its first units in late 2012.

At the Geneva auto show earlier this year, the concept version of the 4C was displayed. It was powered by the 1.75-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that could deliver 200hp.

This was the same engine that was used on the Giulietta’s hot hatch version. Furthermore, this sportscar will feature advanced materials and technology taken from the 8C Competitione. It will be built using carbon fiber and aluminum body panels in order to achieve a total curb weight of less than 850 kg (1874 lbs).

The new Alfa Romeo 4C has borrowed its concept from the 8C Spider and 8C Competizione models. All these three share the same principle in terms of road handling and driving performance. So basically, the 4C Concept is inspired by the Alfa DNA system.

Just like the many concept vehicles, the 4C is also a rear-wheel drive. It features a lightweight carbon structure for an impressive power to weight ratio or below 4kg/hp. A major amount of weight (about 850kg) is reduced at the centre to conquer the toughest road ahead. The carbon chassis sits between the driver and the passenger for optimum weight distribution. Meanwhile, the crash boxes and the structure of the rear frame are both made with lightweight aluminium.

The Alfa Romeo 4C Concept describes what a 4-cylinder (1750 Turbo Petrol engine) can contribute to an exceptional driving performance. The same concept is also employed in Alfa Romeo’s Guilietta Quadrifoglio Verde model. It has a direct fuel injection system, highly advanced scavenging control unit, a turbocharger and continuous variable valve timing.

On the other hand, the new Alfa TCT automatic transmission can give a powerful 0-100km acceleration in 5 seconds or a top speed of up to 250km/h. The twin dry clutch was first launched on the MiTo, which will also become a standard feature for the Guilietta.

Amazingly enough, the rear houses the 4C’s high performance engine. And as a matter of fact, it can also deliver moderate fuel consumption similar to a 3 Litre engine. There’s no questioning why this “affordable concept” brings the Alfa Romeo 4C to the frontline.

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