Alfa Romeo considering a more powerful version of the 4C

Article by Christian A., on May 5, 2014

The Alfa Romeo 4C made its US debut last month at the 2014 New York Auto Show and will not arrive in the dealerships until June. Still, Alfa Romeo is already considering a more powerful version of the 4C as the chassis could handle more power. These words came from Alfa Romeo CEO Harald Wester, who added that the stiffness of the chassis is very high but the first adjustment would be the brakes.

For those who don’t know, the Alfa Romeo 4C carries a 1.75-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 237 hp and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque. Bolted to a paddle-shifting Alfa TCT twin-clutch gearbox that can push it from 0 to 60 mph in the mid-4 second range. Harald Wester also said that the engine delivers “only” 134 hp per liter, so there is plenty of space for more power.

The US version of the Alfa Romeo 4C also comes with plenty of tweaks and compared with the European version the standard base car in the US comes with more equipment. Apparently, European customers like the naked driving machine, while the US customers want more.

According to Wester, the monocoque of the front and rear frames are different, while the suspension was reinforced. In addition, new headlights are also new and were showcased on the 4C Spider, unveiled back in March at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

Although the US pricing for the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C was not announced, we expect a starting price of $55,000 for the base version, while the fully equipped variant will cost around $70,000.

Excellent operations, exclusive handling, and tremendous streamlining and design comprise the stylish features of Alfa Romeo’s tradition. This is a summary of the all-new Alfa Romeo 4C, a machine that does not compromise and that calls drivers to the road or track to feel its driving thrill.

Alfa Romeo 4C is practical and light in weight, a vehicle where every aspect’s design intends to give complete drive pleasure. That same essence formed its style. The car conveys an innate beauty that comes from an impeccable blending of function following form. Its configuration and dimensions instantly remind you of the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale, believed to be the most stunning coupé ever. Similar to the iconic 33 Stradale, the 4C is engineered to fulfil high machine and practical needs. Its aerodynamic body encompasses the chassis and the engine with crisp and fundamental forms.

Conceived by the Alfa Romeo engineering team and constructed at the Maserati Modena plant, this appealing coupé with two bucket seats employs components such as aluminium, carbon, and rear-wheel drive drawn from the 8C Competizione as well as technologies from the latest Alfa Romeo models, all completely improved to optimise the new vehicle's sporty attractiveness. This is evidenced in the all-new 1750 Turbo Petrol with direct injection and aluminium block, the innovative latest-version "Alfa TCT" dry dual clutch automatic transmission and Alfa DNA drive mode picker with a new Race mode.

Approximately 4 m length and less than 2.4 m wheel base underscore the vehicle's compactness while also emphasising its dexterity. The vibrant qualities of the 4C are affirmed by a ratio of weight to power that is under 4 kg/HP. It is a value that earns the moniker 'supercar'.

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