|Alfa Romeo yesterday released information on its latest compact mid-engined, rear-wheel with two bucket seats supercar, the 4C.|
The new Alfa Romeo 4C is slated for its debut at the 83rd Geneva Motor show from 5 – 17 March. Built at the Maserati plant in Modena. Italy, the new Alfa Romeo 4C shares plenty of similarities to the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione variant of the 1930-40s era. Measuring less than 4 meters in length, 200 cm wide, 118 cm high and with a wheelbase of less than 2.4 meters, the 4C is indeed the one of the world’s smallest supercars. Further, the compact Alfa Romeo supercar’s weight to power ratio is less than 4kg/hp.
The Alfa Romeo 4C uses technologies and materials derived from super sports cars (including the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione) – carbon fiber, aluminium, rear-wheel drive – and technologies from the latest standard variants, 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 Race mode.
Alfa Romeo 4C: Exterior style
Designed by the Alfa Romeo Style Center, 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, emphasizing some particular concepts of the brand, such as compact size, dynamism and agility.
Alfa Romeo 4C: Interior
The elemental design and essential materials also distinguish the interior, which is all designed and built for maximum driving satisfaction. Specifically, the carbon fiber 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.
Alfa Romeo 4C: 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 optimized 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 Romeo 4C: 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.
Alfa Romeo 4C: 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.
Following its Geneva Motor show debut, the Alfa Romeo 4C will go on sale from the quarter 2 onwards. The new 4C represents Alfa Romeo’s return to the United States as well.
Edited: FIAT/Alfa Romeo