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.
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.