2014 Alfa Romeo 4C priced at £45,000 in the UK

Article by Anita Panait, on September 19, 2013

Alfa Romeo has disclosed details of the all-new Alfa Romeo 4C, which signals the return of the brand to the world of lightweight sports coupés. Alfa Romeo opted for carbon fiber as the material for its one-piece monocoque, thanks to its high levels of structural rigidity and low weight at just 65kg. The monocoque is built using Formula 1-derived technologies, developed for Alfa Romeo for series production of up to 1,000 units per year.

To further lighten the 4C, the carmaker used SMC (Sheet Moulding Compound) -- which is lighter than both steel and aluminium -- for the bodywork and made its glass thinner by 15 percent. The Alfa Romeo 4C’s compact shape is well conveyed by its length of less than 4 meters and a wheelbase of 2.38 meters. Thanks to its dry weight of 895kg and a 40:60 front-to-rear weight distribution, the Alfa Romeo 4C could generate 1.1g of lateral acceleration and in excess of 1.2g of deceleration force. To optimize the car’s handling, Alfa Romeo secured the car’s double-wishbone front suspension directly to the monocoque, with the rear using a performance-tuned McPherson arrangement.

The car’s brakes use a patented aluminum/cast iron hybrid construction with ventilated, cross-drilled 305mm/292mm discs (F/R) clamped by Brembo callipers. Coming as standard are 17-inch front and 18-inch rear wheels, while 18/19-inch wheels with Alfa Romeo’s signature, five-hole “telephone dial” design come as optional.

Alfa Romeo 4C will be available to order in the United Kingdom in October, with a starting price of £45,000 on the road. First deliveries are expected to commence in early 2014. Just 3,500 Alfa Romeo 4Cs will be available for sale around the world.

The condensed proportions make this vehicle with two bucket seats genuinely singular among its peers: it has a length of a little less than four metres, a width of 200 cm, a height of 118 cm, and a wheelbase that’s under 2.4 m. These proportions function to accent the auto's 'supercar proportions' and to emphasise its dexterity.

Conceived by Alfa Romeo Centro Stile, developing the 4C's exterior was typified from the beginning by the requirement to improve the car’s style and the technical traits from both energy and streamlining aspects. Because of this, all the design solutions implemented have been maximised in line with the fundamental goal of the vehicle: performance.

To fulfil this objective, the designers considered the outsides as sculptures, and the engineering team worked alongside the design team to fashion every innovative streamlined solution from it. The outcome of this collaboration resulted in an automobile that communicates genuine sports styling owing to a blend of technology and attractiveness, all of which is a vital need for every Alfa Romeo sports car, where shape is always the main function.

Also, each structural component was designed for maximal energy efficacy and to help assist the downward force required to safeguard the greatest grip during higher speed cornering.

The rear mass, muscular and all-encompassing, enfolds and hugs the vehicle’s heart. In fact, the parts and the engine can be seen through the rear window. All this, due to the conception of a significant musculature over the wheels, adds might and potency to the rear.

Powertrain

The Alfa Romeo 4C is powered by a new aluminum block four-cylinder turbo engine, which boasts of being 22kg lighter than the engine that powers the Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV. This new 1750 Turbo Petrol engine provides 137hp-per-liter of output and 200Nm-per-liter of torque – new records for this size of engine.

The engine could provide up to 240hp of power at 6,000 rpm and 350Nm (258 lb ft) of torque available between 2,100 and 4,000 rpm. Likewise, around 80 percent of torque is available from just 1800 rpm. This power and torque allow the 4C to accelerate from zero to 62mph in just 4.5 seconds and achieve a top speed of 160mph.

Despite the power and speed, the emissions of the Alfa Romeo 4C are still within the limits of Euro 6 – thanks to its light weight and advanced engine and transmission technologies. The Alfa Romeo 4C boasts of official combined-cycle fuel economy figure of 41.5mpg and its carbon emissions of 157g/km.

Press Release

European Alfa Romeo 4C Spider to debut at Geneva Motor Show

  • As with the Coupé its distinctive Spider styling is driven by the quest for light weight, simplicity and aesthetic purity
  • No compromise in terms of performance and driving pleasure compared to the hardtop
  • New features include covered xenon headlamps, upgraded audio system, new colour and interior finishes and optional dual-mode Akrapovič exhaust
  • On sale in the UK in the summer priced from £59,500 OTR

The new Alfa Romeo 4C Spider will make its European debut alongside the latest Alfa Romeo 4C Coupé during the press preview day of the Geneva Motor Show on March 3 2015. The Coupé enjoys a number of significant changes for 2015, including more standard features and a wider range of options, but it's the new Alfa Romeo 4C Spider that will undoubtedly dominate the limelight.

Sharing much of its exterior design with its award-winning sibling, the 4C Spider is most noticeably different when viewed from behind, where its pronounced buttresses and body-coloured engine cover, complete with three heat extractors and a subtle rear spoiler, are clearly visible. There are changes at the front, too, with new, covered, projector-style xenon headlamps as standard and rounding out the aesthetic appeal of the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, a vibrant new Giallo (yellow) paint scheme also joins the colour palette.

Built around an ultra-lightweight carbon fibre monocoque, weighing just 107kg, minimal structural enhancements were required to transform Coupé into Spider. The main developments include a new aluminium rollover structure, which is nestled underneath the black "halo" (a carbon fibre halo is optional), a specially-developed carbon fibre windscreen frame and an engine compartment cross-member made from high-strength steel. Special attention has been paid to the aerodynamic characteristics of the Spider to ensure minimal wind and noise intrusion, while a removable and stowable cloth roof can be installed to protect occupants from the elements. An optional carbon fibre hardtop will also be available.

New performance features to debut on the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider include the optional Akrapovič titanium exhaust system which is mounted centrally, finished with carbon fibre bezels and offers switchable modes which can be selected depending on the driving environment and driver inclination. A new carbon-fibre air intake system, engineered to provide additional transmission cooling for track-focussed drivers, also joins the options list, while a number of all-new wheel designs debut on the 4C Spider too, either in 17/18-inch (front/rear) or 18/19-inch sizes and in silver or dark finishes.

Inside, a new audio system is now available with wide-ranging device connectivity including Bluetooth phone calling and music streaming. To further enhance the Spider's cabin it can be trimmed in premium leather with accent stitching and carbon fibre vent surrounds to create a more luxurious ambience for the occupants. A traditional tan leather interior is also offered as an option for the first time.

Powered by the same, all-aluminium, 240hp, 258lb.-ft., 1750 TBi engine as the Coupé, performance is on a par with the hardtop model, with a top speed of 160 MPH and a 0-to-60 MPH time of less than 4.5-seconds, as well as the capability to generate the same 1.1g of lateral acceleration and 1.25g of braking deceleration as the Coupé.

The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider was designed by Alfa Romeo Centro Stile and will be produced at the Maserati plant in Modena, Italy, alongside the Alfa Romeo 4C Coupé, which also benefits from a number of features which were previously optional now being made standard, including the Alfa Hi-Fi sound system; luxury floor mats; Bi-LED headlamps with carbon fibre surrounds; an Alfa Romeo 4C car cover and Alfa Romeo car care kit, while parking sensors and cruise control are now free options. The covered, projector-style xenon headlamps and Giallo paint will also be made available as an option on new Coupés later in the year.

Due to the increased level of standard specification, prices for the new Coupé now start from £51,500 OTR while the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider will be priced from £59,500 OTR when order books open.

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