Alfa-Romeo 4C

Alfa-Romeo 4C

The 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider has made its official debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show today and has quickly found itself atop our wish list. Based on the current 4C , the updated 4C Spider gets a host of upgrades as it moves into 2016.

The most obvious change to the car is its removable top and additional bodywork rising from the rear decklid. A naked carbon fiber roll bar hoops over the occupant compartment, as does a similar windshield brace. Beside the lack of a sloping rear window, the car keeps a similar profile to its coupe counterpart.

There are changes underneath the bodywork, however. Alfa had to add structural supports to the carbon fiber tub in order to retain the car’s rigidity. The new materials result in 132 additional pounds yet is said to not adversely affect the car’s performance. New, more traditional headlights replace the bug-eyed ones from the coupe while new centrally mounted exhaust pipes give the rear end a sportier look while leaving the lower diffuser untouched.

Power still comes from the 1.75-liter, turbocharged inline-four making 240 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. No changes are made to the only gearbox option, Alfa’s TCT twin-dry-clutch, six-speed automatic with paddle shifters.

Best of all, the car still gets 24 mpg city and 47 mpg highway on the EU cycle. Such practicality will surely make it easier to persuade your missis the $83,360 purchase is justifiable. Now if only Alfa would sell the 4C Spider inside the U.S…

Updated 03/12/2013: Alfa Romeo unveiled the first promotional video for its new 4C Spider in which it reveals the revolutionary design and technology of the car. Enjoy!

Click past the jump for all the details on the new 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

If you’re not excited about the fact that the Alfa Romeo 4C is coming to the U.S. this summer, than you should check to see if you still have a pulse. I, for one, am seriously giving thought to lumping down a nice fee to get one in my garage, if it’s not too outrageous by time it crosses the pond. Even if I cannot swing the payment, you had bet that I’ll get behind the wheel of one soon after it arrives.

Well, the folks over in the UK already can already get their hands on one and what better test for this track-tuned road car than the Goodwood Hillclimb?

That’s right, the 240-horsepower, 900 kg (1,984-pound) 4C took a lap up the hill with touring car legend Anthony Reid at the helm. After seeing how the new Alfa handled itself with a legend behind the wheel.

Check out the video to see what Reid loved about the 4C and a few things that he wasn’t too fond of.

Alfa Romeo 4C

If you are in the need of some good news this Monday, I have a doozy for you. According to the Detroit News, the new mid-engined Alfa Romeo 4C will be on sale here in the United States this June. That means that a new carbon-fiber, Italian sports car will be on sale in just about three months. I fear I may be drooling a bit.

The original plan for mass dealer allotment has been altered, and the first batch of cars will only be making it to a select group of dealers. Official word is that the actual dealerships have not been selected yet.

When the dealerships are finalized, and the keys make it into customer hands, there will be plenty of carbon-fiber Italians blasting to 60 mph in under five seconds everywhere. It will be beautiful.

Alfa Romeos were supposed to be running rampant around American streets by this time, but there have been an uncountable number of delays. It seems that the time is finally arrived, and the Alfas have landed.

Click past the jump to read more about the Alfa Romeo 4C.

Source: DetroitNews
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For us, Alfa Romeo 4C is one of the best sports car launched this year and we can’t wait for the moment when Alfa Romeo will finally decided to bring it to the North American market. Until then however, we need to stick with all the news we get from others, like this cool video coming from the famous Marchettino.

He managed to shot a very cool video during a trackday event held by Top Gear Magazine Italy when the Alfa Romeo 4C started and revved its tiny 1,75 liter turbo engine. There also see a series of accelerations and fly bys on track, making us even more jealous than before.

As a reminder, the 4C is powered by 1,75 liter four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 240 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque between 2,100 and 4,000 rpm. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and up to a top speed of 160 mph.

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It is that time of the year, when we at Topspeed like to look back and relive the best moments the automotive world had to offer in the year bygone. The 2013 calendar year brought a whole new range of interesting and exciting sports cars , luxury cars and even some odd hypercars, as the big names of the industry finally pulled the wraps off some very special automobiles.

Ferrari launched the 458 Speciale — the replacement for the F430 Scuderia; The La Ferrari succeeded the Enzo; McLaren and Porsche too launched the very complicated P1 and 918 Spyder , respectively; and Lamborghini showed the Huracan LP610-4 , which will replace the Gallardo. Additionally, the Aston Martin Vanquish proved to be one heck off a crowd-puller and Bugatti continued with more special editions of the Veyron.

Lot has happened in the last 12 months that we would love to talk about. Out of all those cars that were launched during the calendar year, we’ve picked ten cars that made headlines. Following is are finalists that made it into the top 10.

2013 TopSpeed Car of the Year Finalists
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
Alfa Romeo 4C
Jaguar F-Type Coupe
Mclaren P1
Ferrari La Ferrari
Porsche 918 Spyder
BMW i8
Cadillac CTS
Maserati Ghibli
Rolls Royce Wraith

So, the 2013 TopSpeed Car of the Year goes to... Read on to find out.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2013 TopSpeed Car of the Year

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A while ago it was reported that the new Alfa Romeo 4C lapped the famous Nurbugring track in 8:04 - a time that made it one of the fastest cars with engines under 250 HP and in line with times set by sports cars with much higher prices and more powerful engines, like the Audi R8 V8 and the Porsche Cayman S.

Now Alfa Romeo officially confirmed that time and released a video to prove us all what a great car the 4C is.

The car was driven by journalist and expert on the German track Horst von Saurma and was equipped with special Pirelli P Zero Trofeo tyres, the most sporty version in the Pirelli P Zero line.

This is one of the countless tests that the Alfa Romeo supercar had to face in every part of the world, from the -35° in Sweden to the +40° of Abu Dhabi, from the Arizona (USA) deserts to the slopes of Mt. Etna in Sicily, and from the Balocco (VC), Italy track to the one at the Nürburgring. During all of these tests the 4C did a great job, so all we can say is: please Alfa bring the 4C to the U.S. right now!

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Alfa Romeo’s never-ending soap opera continues with Fiat’s poorly-considered plan to fight with Chrysler’s labor union. If the 4C ever does arrive in the U.S. in 2014, its launch editions will be some of the only cars on the roads without the updates planned for 2015.

New headlights, a targa version and a more-hardcore performance model are all in the cards for 2015.

While on the U.S. market the Alfa Romeo 4C arrival depends on the Chrysler’s buyout, for the European market Alfa Romeo is already considering a few more alternatives.

According to a report coming from AutoEdizione, the next few years will bring some more interesting features for the new 4C: "There will be something to everybody’s liking, for example headlights which will resemble the ones we saw on the concept car in 2011."

The launch of the new 4C will be celebrated with one special edition called Launch Edition that will be focused on saving weight and getting the maximum performance out of the car. Next to this however, Alfa Romeo will also offer an even more sportier version built specifically for racing. There will also be an open Targa version, plus a few more interior updates and new headlights.

All we can say is that we’re really hopping that at least the standard 4C will arrive in the North American market. But with Fiat’s poor management and desire to empty Chrysler’s bank accounts, nothing is a sure thing yet.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Alfa Romeo 4C.

Source: Autoedizione
Alfa Romeo 4C

We are all super excited over the Alfa Romeo 4C , with its sexy looks, stunning curves, lightning quick four-pot engine and a price point under anything that nears its performance credentials. We thought it was basically a slam dunk that it was coming to America, but there is now a little doubt in the air.

Recent reports claim that Chrysler and Fiat CEO, Sergio Marchionne, claims that Fiat S.p.A. produce the new sports car for the U.S. market without complete control of Chrysler — Fiat S.p.A. owns Alfa Romeo , and needs Chrysler’s cash flow and production capabilities to produce the 4C en mass. Currently, Fiat owns about 62 percent of the Chrysler and the remaining 38 percent is wrapped up in a union trust, and the union wants $6 billion to buy out the remaining 38 percent — Marchionne doesn’t want to pay more than $4 billion.

The only alternative to this buyout is to release an IPO that will allow the public to buy into Chrysler, but that would cause a huge conflict of interest for Marchionne and Fiat — Marchionne would want the share prices to go high to keep shareholders happy, but also remain low enough to allow Fiat to purchase maximum shares.

Most experts believe that the union and Fiat will come to an agreement somewhere between $4 and $6 billion for the remaining ownership of Chrysler, and that the IPO is very unlikely.

We couldn’t care less about the finances, folks. We just want to get the chance to buy the 4C, and soon!!!

Click past the jump to read more about the Alfa Romeo 4C.

Source: Bloomberg
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The new Alfa Romeo 4C is set to go on sale on the North American market in the second quarter of 2014 at a rumored price of $54,000. However, if you don’t have that kind of coin floating around, the Italian company is offering you a healthier alternative: the new 4C IFD bicycle inspired, of course, by the new sports car .

Breaking down the name, "IFD" stands for "Innovative Frame Design", "4" means it was inspired by the 4C sports car and "C" because it features a C-shaped cross-section of the frame. Just like the sports car, the new bike features a carbon-fiber, half-tube structure and is entirely crafted by hand in Italy .

The new 4C IFD bike will be priced from &euro3,500 ($4,700 at the current exchange rates) to &euro9,000 ($12,000). It will be put on sale in December 2013 in Europe, Asia and America.

Click past the jump to read more about the Alfa Romeo 4C.

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Every day, we are growing less and less fond of Chris Harris. No, he hasn’t started spouting off with half-thought reviews that are based more on payola rather than actual facts. Rather, we are simply jealous because he always gets his hands on the latest and greatest that the automotive industry has to offer. Then again, if an automaker wants to really prove its mettle as a performance car manufacturer, Harris is really the go-to guy.

This time around, Chris Harris got some track time with the new Alfa Romeo 4C .

As usual, Chris managed to dig up a few things that he didn’t like about the 4C, namely the bulky and over-padded steering wheel, and the uncomfortable seating, but in general he seemed thrilled by the new Alfa .

He definitely gave the 4C the thrashing that Alfa designed it to receive, taking is sideways every chance he got. He noted that it is agile and accurate, but not so accurate that it feels fake, like so many computer-controlled sports cars in today’s world. He also noted that on key point it that "it’s not a Porsche Cayman , and that’s just what the market needs."

Have a look at the above video to see Harris push the 4C to its limits. It’s definitely worth the 8 minutes.

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