As expected, Alfa Romeo unveiled today at the Geneva Motor Show the impressive Alfa Romeo 4C Concept, a so-called compact supercar which will became company’s halo car in 2012, when it is set to enter production. The Alfa Romeo 4C Concept has a length of almost 4 metres and a wheelbase of less than 2.4 metres, and it is a two-seater, rear-wheel drive coupé with its engine at the centre.
Under the hood, we fing a 4-cylinder 1750 Turbo Petrol engine delivering over 200 hp and mated to the new automatic "Alfa TCT" twin dry clutch transmission (seen also on the new Alfa Romeo MiTo TCT).
According to the manufacturer, the car can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 5 seconds, while the top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h or 155 mph. Regarding the design, the car is inspired by the 8C Competizione but also by the legendary Alfa 33 Stradale from 1967.
Moreover, the car uses the same rear-wheel drive as the 8C Competizione. The final result is a significant reduction in weight, limited to less than 850 kg. Furthermore, the 4C Concept uses an extremely sophisticated suspension layout, high quadrilateral at the front, MacPherson at the rear in order to deliver maximum agility and road handling.
The new Alfa Romeo 4C Concept is a result of the experience gained from the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione and 8C Spider models. In fact, just like the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione and the Alfa Romeo 8C Spider, the new concept car is a rear-wheel-drive unit that preaches the philosophy of maximum driving pleasure and the famous Alfa Romeo road handling.
However, the 8C Competizione and the 8C Spider were designed to achieve this objective by sporting increased power. For the Alfa Romeo 4C Concept, it looks to achieve the same goal by staying as lightweight as possible by using as much carbon as needed.
The use of lightweight carbon on the chassis allows the Alfa Romeo 4C Concept to exhibit exceptional agility as it endows the vehicle with a weight-to-power ratio of lower than 4 kg/HP. This chassis underpins a body crafted from carbon as well as rear frame structure and the crash boxes made from mostly aluminum.
The extensive use of carbon and aluminum Alfa Romeo 4C Concept has allowed the Italian carmaker to limit its overall weight to less than 850 kg while optimizing its center of gravity.
This endows the Alfa Romeo 4C Concept with the gift of superior agility and drivability even when traversing the most challenging roads. Aside from its lightweight structure, the Alfa Romeo 4C Concept also has a sophisticated suspension layout featuring high quadrilateral at the front MacPherson at the rear.
This suspension layout -- as well as the vehicle’s rear-wheel drive and excellent weight/power ratio – helps ensure that the Alfa Romeo 4C Concept is able to exhibit maximum agility and road handling while ensuring driving pleasure, as boosted by a 40:60 front-rear weight distribution. With all these attributes, the Alfa Romeo 4C Concept is a modern display of the marque’s sporting tradition and success as combined with latest elements that define the Alfa Romeos of today.