2013 Geneva Motor Show: Alfa Romeo reveals final version of the 4C

Article by Christian A., on February 12, 2013

Alfa Romeo unveiled today ahead of the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the final version of the Alfa Romeo 4C. According to the official press release, the mid-engined rear-wheel drive coupé with two bucket seats is the true essence of a sports car and it is powered by a new 1.75-liter four-cylinder turbo petrol all-aluminum engine. The engine is mated to the innovative Alfa TCT automatic twin dry clutch transmission.

Moreover, the manufacturer said that it achieved the goal of keeping the power-to-weight ratio to below 4 kg per horsepower. The Alfa 4C is 1180mm tall, 2000mm wide and less than 4000mm long. The wheelbase is 2400mm. Furthermore, the Alfa Romeo 4C has a carbon fiber cockpit that features front and rear aluminum sub-frames in order to house the engine and the suspensions, but also dedicated portions created in order to absorb deformation in crash tests.

The new Alfa 4C will feature the Race drive setting, its fourth. This will enhance the experience on the race track and will join the existing settings: Dynamic, Natural and All Weather. Set to go on sale by the end of the year, the new Alfa Romeo 4C is expected to cost almost 60,000 euros or about $80,000. Alfa Romeo is expected to build around 2,500 4C models per year as it is constrained by the carbon fiber cockpit. 1,000 units will go on sale in Europe, another 1,000 in the United States, while the rest will go in other markets.

The Alfa Romeo Style Centre designed the 4C to instantaneously bring to one’s mind many iconic classic models that made a major mark in Alfa Romeo’s history. When poring over every detail as they relate to similarities in dimensions and structure, one particularly stands out: the 33 Stradale, a vehicle that blended thrilling mechanic and practical needs with a quintessential styling that clothes the chassis and engine suitably with distinctive Alfa Romeo handling. The 4C has continued this followed theme, and so concludes a voyage that commenced with the 8C Competizione, accentuating some specific ideas of the Alfa Romeo brand, like compactness, vibrancy, and dexterity.

Interior design

The fundamental design and critical materials also differentiate the interior, all of which are designed and engineered for maximal driving pleasure. Particularly, the interior carbon fibre stands immediately out, as it is the material for the central cell, which is positioned in full view to augment the sense of individuality, of skill, and of lightness.

Dimensions and aerodynamics

The compact proportions create for this vehicle, along with its two bucket seats, a true uniqueness apart from its competitors: just under 4 metres in length, 200 cm in width, 118 cm in height, and with a wheelbase of under 2.4 metres. These measurements serve not only to accentuate the compactness of the car but also to emphasise its dexterity. In addition, due to the design team’s marvelous skill, the vehicle reaches optimal aerodynamic efficiency levels, with a negative Cz (downforce coefficient) that, like racing cars, adds to reaching higher stability at greater speeds.

Alfa Romeo 4C also sees the introduction of the new Alfa DNA selector that features not just the three standard settings that always have been available – Dynamic, Natural and All Weather. There’s now a fourth mode: Race, that is designed to offer an enhanced drive experience on a track and even more.

Press Release

Alfa Romeo 4C

The new Alfa Romeo compact mid-engined supercar with rear-wheel drive and two bucket seats makes its début in Geneva.
The new Alfa Romeo 4C is the result of experience built up with the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione model produced in the Maserati plant in Modena and it will be available for purchase in 2013, marking the return of the Italian brand to the United States.
Less than 4 metres in length, 200 cm wide, 118 cm high and with a wheelbase of less than 2.4 metres.
New 4 cylinder 1750 Turbo Petrol all-aluminium engine.
Alfa TCT twin clutch automatic transmission.
New Alfa DNA selector with Race mode.
Chassis made entirely of carbon with load-bearing and structural function.
Weight to power ratio less than 4 kg/HP.


The final version of the Alfa Romeo 4C makes its début at the 83rd International Motor Show in Geneva. This mid-engined rear-wheel drive coupé with two bucket seats represents the true essence of a sports car at the heart of Alfa Romeo’s DNA: performance, Italian style and technical excellence, offering maximum driving satisfaction in total safety.

Designed by Alfa Romeo engineers and produced in the Maserati plant in Modena, the new compact supercar will be available for purchase in 2013, marking the return of the Italian brand to the United States and inaugurating Alfa Romeo’s global growth plan.

The Alfa Romeo 4C derives directly from the concept which raised many eyebrows in wonder at the Geneva Show in 2011, so much so that it won three prestigious awards: the ‘AutoBild Design Award’ (2011, Germany), the ‘Design Award for Concept Cars & Prototypes’ (2012, Italy) and the ‘Most Exciting Car of 2013’ - ‘What Car?’ (2013, Great Britain).

Acronym 4C

The acronym ‘4C’ draws its inspiration from the brand’s glorious past, projecting the values of technology and emotions into the future. Indeed, it refers to Alfa Romeo’s great sporting tradition: the acronyms 8C and 6C in the 1930s and 1940s distinguished cars – both racing and road – fitted with the powerful ‘eight cylinders’ and the innovative ‘six cylinders’, confirming in its design layout and construction the goal of achieving the power/weight ratio of an authentic supercar, less than 4 kg/HP, yet focusing not merely on the maximum power delivered, but on limiting the weight to guarantee maximum agility and top performance. To this end, the Alfa Romeo 4C uses technologies and materials derived from super sports cars (including the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione) – carbon fibre, aluminium, rear-wheel drive – and technologies from the latest standard models from Alfa Romeo, but updated to enhance the sports appeal of the new car even further. This is demonstrated by the new 1750 Turbo Petrol all-aluminium engine with direct injection, the sophisticated Alfa TCT twin dry clutch transmission and the Alfa DNA selector with the unprecedented Race mode.

Exterior style

Designed by the Alfa Romeo Style Centre, the 4C immediately brings to mind some of the traditional iconic models which have left a significant mark in the history of the Brand. Above all others, in terms of dimensional and layout similarities, one stands out in particular: the 33 Stradale, a car that combined extreme mechanical and functional requirements with an essential style which ‘clothed’ the engine and chassis appropriately with unmistakable Alfa Romeo treatments. The 4C has followed suit, and thus completes a journey which was embarked upon with the 8C Competizione, emphasising some particular concepts of the brand, such as compact size, dynamism and agility.

Interior design

The elemental design and essential materials also distinguish the interior, which is all designed and built for maximum driving satisfaction. Specifically, the carbon fibre in the interior immediately stands out, used to make the central cell, which has been left in full view to enhance the sense of uniqueness, of technology and light weight.

Dimensions and aerodynamics

The compact dimensions make this car with 2 bucket seats truly unique amid its competitors: it is just under 4 metres long, 200 cm wide, 118 cm high and with a wheelbase of less than 2.4 metres. These dimensions serve both to emphasise the compact size of the car and to accentuate its agility. What’s more, owing to the designers’ excellent work, the car achieves maximum aerodynamic efficiency levels, recording a negative Cz (downforce coefficient) which, as in racing cars, contributes towards achieving increased stability at higher speeds.

New 4 cylinder 1750 Turbo Petrol

An evolution of the engine already in use in the Quadrifoglio Verde version of the Giulietta, the new 4 cylinder 1750 Turbo Petrol engine implements an innovative aluminium block and specific intake and exhaust systems which have been optimised to enhance the sports appeal of the car even further. In addition, it boasts cutting-edge technical solutions including direct fuel injection, dual continuous variable valve timing, a turbocharger and a revolutionary scavenging control system that gets rid of any turbo lag.

Alfa TCT automatic transmission

The 1750 Turbo Petrol engine is teamed with the innovative Alfa TCT automatic twin dry clutch transmission, which is a genuine benchmark in its segment due to its low weight and extreme speed of activation. The gears can also be changed in sequential mode using the shift paddles located behind the steering wheel.

The new Alfa DNA selector with Race mode

The Alfa Romeo 4C also sees the début of the new Alfa DNA selector which not only features the three standard settings available until now – Dynamic, Natural and All Weather – but also a fourth mode: Race, designed to enhance the driving experience on a race track even further.

Excellence made in Italy

The very best technical and industrial expertise of the Alfa Romeo and Maserati brands were used to develop the final version of the 4C. Specifically, the teamwork between the two brands was aimed at the integration of the Alfa Romeo design department with the Maserati production plant. In short, this too is a distinguishing trait of Alfa Romeo, a brand with a century of history that continues to be one of the most famous and popular ambassadors of Italian products across the world.

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