|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||Mpg EPA C/H/Observed||Source|
2015 Alfa Romeo 4C
|Coupe||1.7L Turbo I-4||RWD||6A||4.1 sec||12.8 sec @ 107 mph||24/34/24 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Coupe||1.7L Turbo I-4||RWD||6A||4.3 sec||13.0 sec @ 107 mph||24/34/21 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Coupe||1.7L Turbo I-4||RWD||6A||4.3 sec||12.8 sec @ 108.8 mph||24/34/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|Coupe||1.7L Turbo I-4||RWD||6A||4.6 sec||13.2 sec @ 105.8 mph||24/34/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|Launch Edition Track Package Coupe||1.7L Turbo I-4||RWD||6A||4.1 sec||12.8 sec @ 104.8 mph||24/34/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|Launch Edition Coupe||1.7L Turbo I-4||RWD||6A||4.3 sec||13.0 sec @ 106 mph||24/34/---- mpg||Motor Week|
|Launch Edition Coupe||1.7L Turbo I-4||RWD||6A||4.2 sec||12.8 sec @ 108.2 mph||23/34/---- mpg||Road & Track|
|Spider||1.7L Turbo I-4||RWD||6A||4.2 sec||12.9 sec @ 107 mph||24/34/24 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Spider||1.7L Turbo I-4||RWD||6A||4.3 sec||12.9 sec @ 107 mph||24/34/32.7 mpg||Motor Week|
2014 Alfa Romeo 4C
|Coupe (Euro Spec)||1.7L Turbo I-4||RWD||6A||4.2 sec||12.9 sec @ 107.8 mph||24/34/---- mpg||Road & Track|
About Alfa Romeo 4C
When you see the Alfa Romeo 4C in the flesh, there’s one word that you’ll almost certainly blurt out—sexy. Indeed, this sports car is an eye catcher with its carbon fiber monocoque structure. But the design of the car is not the only thing that would impress you.
The Alfa Romeo 4C was unveiled in March 2011 at the 81st Geneva Motor Show. In the same year, it was voted by readers of the German magazine Auto Bild as the Most Beautiful Concept Car.
Built in Modena, Italy, this twin seat compact coupe is expected to reach the shores of the United States this year, marking the return of the Italian auto maker to the U.S. market after almost 20 years of absence.
Alfa Romeo is actually a division of the seventh-largest automaker in the world, Fiat Chrysler. Alfa Romeo has been rumored to return to the U.S. almost every year since 2003, but it is only now that the revered Italian brand has made its car models available to Americans.
The Alfa Romeo 4C has a direct-injected, turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This engine delivers 237 horsepower at 6000 rpm, but drivers especially the guys would love how the power is delivered to the vehicle. When you step on the throttle pedal, a loud sound fills the cabin while the turbo imbibes the air into the engine. After a second or so of pause, the 4C accelerates immediately. Now that may not be the smoothest way of accelerating, but there’s no question that it is thrilling.
The 4C is not built for the ordinary driver. While it has firm suspensions, the steering has no power assistance. Thus, it can be very difficult to steer the vehicle at U-turns. The same goes for driving this car for long freeway drives and even driving around the city. But since the 4C is a sports car, the same steering traits are perfect for the racetrack.
This sports car can reach top speed of 160 miles per hour. And it can accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in around four to five seconds, which is really very impressive. In terms of gas mileage, the 4C is rated 24 miles per gallon for city driving and 34 mpg for highway driving.
The cabin of the Alfa Romeo 4C is sporty and functional. The carbon fiber structure of the car gives it a very distinct, sporty look. The material is also bolted to the manually adjustable seats which slightly recline, meaning the driver and passenger would be on an upright seating position all the time.
Both legroom and headroom are shockingly adequate, although there is not much space between the shoulders. Of course, this sports car does not have enough space for cargo as it only has a meager 3.7 cubic foot trunk.
Don’t expect a lot of equipment in this sports car. Its standard equipment can be described as very basic, like power auto-down windows, air conditioning, four-speaker sound system, and a seven-inch cluster display. There is also a selector that allows the guy behind the steering wheel to select among the four driving modes.
In terms of safety features, the 4C does have front airbags, knee airbag for the driver, and side airbags mounted on the doors. It also has traction control, stability control, and hill start assist.
Car owners who want to improve the looks and functions of their 4C can add optional equipment like cruise control, a louder exhaust, bi-xenon headlights, interior leather, premium sound system, and special wheels. There is also an option to replace the steering wheel with one that has red stitching. Parking sensors at the rear of the car may also be installed.
With all these exotic features, the Alfa Romeo 4C should be priced at least $100,000, you might think. But you’d be shocked to learn that the basic 4C is sold at around $54,000. A well soaped-up Launch Edition (any of the 500 or so cars to be sold in the United States) would fetch around $70,000, at the maximum.
What are the other cars that can be considered direct competitors of the 4C? These include the Porsche Cayman and Chevrolet Corvette, both of which are slightly cheaper than the base 4C. On the other hand, the BMW Z4 is around $5,000 more expensive.
These competing car models are a lot better than the 4C in terms of ride comfort, interior refinement, and even horsepower. The Corvette, for one, has a better 0 to 60 miles per hour acceleration time.
Still, the mere fact that the 4C marks the return of the fabled Italian car maker to the United States should make a lot of car enthusiasts buzzing with excitement. The Alfa Romeo 4C may not be the best sports car out on the market, but it does get a lot of attention.
For more information about the Alfa Romeo 4C, visit the official Alfa Romeo website.
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