2015 4C Launch Edition marks Alfa Romeo’s return to the North American market

Article by Christian A., on April 27, 2014

Alfa Romeo has marked its return to North America with the unveiling of the mid-engine 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C at the New York Auto Show. As inspired by Alfa Romeo’s legendary racing history, the 2015 4C features state-of-the-art carbon fiber monocoque, all-aluminum turbocharged engine, and advanced technological solutions – perfectly combined to provide supercar-level performance and driving excitement.

The all-new 4C – which represents Alfa Romeo’s Italian style, performance and technical excellence, maximum driving pleasure and safety -- pays tribute to the brand’s great sporting tradition. Alfa Romeo used the acronyms 8C and 6C in the 1930s and 1940s to distinguished racing and road cars fitted with powerful eight and six cylinder engines.

Alfa Romeo 4C model's designation continues this tradition with the latest all-aluminum 1750 cc four-cylinder engine. The vehicle comes with a purpose-built cockpit inspired by the iconic 1967 33 Stradale. When one enters the all-new Alfa Romeo 4C, he would feel entering a world derived from motorsport in which only essential performance components are integrated.

4C boasts of two composite-framed sport seats, thermoformed dashboard and exposed carbon fiber monocoque. It also features a driver-oriented cockpit that includes a flat-bottom performance steering wheel with paddle-shift controls and aluminum pedals.

Alfa Romeo 4C features a seven-inch full-color thin-film transistor (TFT) instrument cluster displaying simple yet high-impact graphics that allows drivers to keep their eyes on the road. The Alfa Romeo 4C is powered by 1750 cc direct-injection aluminum engine that provides up to 237 hp in output and 258 ft-lb (350 Nm of torque), 80 percent of which is available at only 1,700 rpm.

To ensure outstanding performance and drivability, the engine features direct-injection, intercooler, dual (intake and exhaust) continuous variable-valve timing (VVT) and eight counterweights, as well as intake and exhaust systems optimized for its mid-engine layout.

The engine is paired to a paddle-shifting Alfa TCT twin-clutch gearbox, which is particularly tuned for the Alfa Romeo 4C. Launch control can be activated on Race mode, enabling the unit to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in the mid-4 second range.

The compact proportions make this vehicle, featuring bucket seats, genuinely different to its competitors: a little less than 4 metres in length, 200 cm in width, 118 cm in height, and with a wheelbase at under 2.4 metres. These measurements prove to emphasise both the automobile's 'supercar proportions' and to highlight its dexterity.

Designed by Alfa Romeo Centro Stile, the 4C’s exterior development can be typified from the beginning by a requirement to augment the car’s style and the operational traits from both a dynamic and streamlined viewpoint. Because of this, every style solution applied has been maximised according to the car’s ultimate objective: performance.

To fulfil this, the forms were considered like sculptures. The engineering team worked alongside the design team to fashion every possible pioneering aerodynamic solution from it. The product of this collaboration was a vehicle that communicates unadulterated sports styling through uniting beauty with technology, an essential requirement for every Alfa Romeo car, where form always dictates function first and foremost. Also, each structural component has been developed for maximal energy efficiency and to assist in creating the necessary downforce to ensure optimal grip during fast corners.

The rear’s volume is sinewy and all-encompassing as it embraces and encircles the car’s beating heart: the engine and mechanics, which all can be seen through the window in the rear. All of this, due to the created of a distinct brawniness over the wheels, contributes power and force to the rear.

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