Alfa-Romeo 4C

Alfa-Romeo 4C

The Alfa Romeo 4C has just barely become available to buy here in the States, but the masterminds in Italy are already working on the next big thing. According to Car and Driver that next big thing is squeezing even more power from the car’s 1.8-liter engine. In a conversation with Fiat ’s R&D chief Harald Wester, he told C&D that “We are only at 136 horsepower per liter, so there is space.” But don’t look for a manual transmission any time in the future.

With the car ’s carbon-fiber tub, Wester doesn’t worry about chassis stiffness, saying the most needed change to handle the increased power would be larger brakes.

While the potential for more power is exciting, Wester did bring some bad news as well; there will basically never be a manual transmission. This is due to the unique design of the car’s carbon-fiber monocoque construction. Wester said, “It messes up the entire architecture, and it would ruin the monocoque.”

Ouch.

Regardless, I have yet to hear anything but raving about the 4C’s performance, and giving just a little extra boost in the horsepower department should make for an even more entertaining ride.

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

Source: CarAndDriver

In 2011, Alfa Romeo debuted an all-new sports car that it dubbed the 4C . Upon initial inspection, this beastly compact model looked to be more of a "future styling" concept, which means it will never see production. However, as time went on, Alfa Romeo decided to make the 4C a reality. Even better, Alfa Romeo plans to release the 4C in the U.S., making it the first U.S.-sold Alfa Romeo since the 2008 8C .

The 4C takes its name from Alfa Romeo’s storied racing tradition. The company first used the 8C and 6C names back in the 1930s and 1940s for both racing and road-going version. The 4C name is a clear indication that it has been inspired by the sports cars of yesteryear, like the 8C that it borrows the carbon fiber, aluminum and rear-wheel-drive configuration from.

Updated 06/16/2016: Alfa Romeo 4C unveiled a fist video showing the U.S. version of the 4C in action. Enjoy!

Updated 06/18/2014: Alfa Romeo unveiled a new set of images revealing the U.S. version of the 4C. Check out the "Images" tab where you will find more than 150 new high res images. Enjoy!

To read more about the Alfa Romeo 4C and how it may stack up against the competition, click past the jump.

Alfa Romeo’s arrival in North America has moved one step closer to becoming a reality after the Italian automaker announced the first 86 dealerships in the U.S. and Canada. The announcement is the latest piece of evidence that the company’s long-awaited return to North America will finally go on as scheduled.

All in all, 33 states in the U.S. will receive an Alfa Romeo dealership. Of those 33, California received the most number of dealerships at 12 with Texas a close second with 10 and Florida with nine. Other major auto markets also received a handful of dealerships, including Michigan (5), Ohio (4), Virginia (4), and Illinois (3). On the flip side, New York received only one dealership, which is a little surprising to say the least.

As for Canada, the entire country was given four dealerships, including two in Quebec and one for both Ontario and Vancouver.

Alfa Romeo is expected to announce more franchises later this year. But for now, these 86 dealers will get first dibs on selling new Alfa Romeo models in their market, including the 4C and the limited edition 4C Launch Edition .

Get ready, North America, Alfa Romeo is set to return!

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C.

Ever since Alfa Romeo announced it would bring “something new ” to the 4C with every passing year, we’ve been speculating what the Italian automaker might have up its sleeve. Though it’s pure speculation at this point, our rendering artist has put together a possible direction for a future direction, the 4C Quadrifoglio Verde.

The Quadrifoglio Verde name harks back to Alfa’s long history of performance vehicles dating back to 1923, and this car would be no different. Likely getting a slight bump in power, the coupe gets an even more aggressive body treatment with several new scoops, front and rear fascias, and accent lines.

Its front fascia gets a completely redesigned bumper with larger air intakes near the darkened headlights. Around the side, a lowered body skirt helps bring the 4C’s visual mass lower to the ground. Out back, a new lower bumper sports a new exhaust pipe design while the rear quarter panels have another cooling slot near the round taillights. Topping it all off are the iconic green cloverleaf and grey triangle badges. A new set of 10-spoke grey wheels helps complete the more aggressive look.

While it’s still unclear what Alfa has planned for its future 4C special editions, we suspect they will consist mostly of cosmetic changes, with only slight modifications to the suspension and engine.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C QV.

The Alfa Romeo 4C still hasn’t arrived in the U.S. and yet, company executives are already thinking of building more performance-oriented versions of the low-volume sports car. Company CEO Harald Wester made the proclamation, telling Automotive News that while the 4C already has the makings of an impressive sports car , there’s still plenty of room for improvement, especially if it wants to be as big of a hit in the U.S. market as it is in Europe.

This rationale looks to confirm Alfa’s previous announcement that it plans to make annual updates of the 4C in the next four or five years, including the possibility of even building a more performance-oriented version that could appeal to a U.S. market that prefers sports cars that also have the added luxury appeal.

One of the first things Wester brought up was the potential for the 4C’s chassis to handle more power while also tinkering with the car’s turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. "We are only at 134 horsepower per liter, so there is space," Wester told Automotive News.

As for the U.S.-spec 4Cs, Alfa remains cognizant in its belief that offering a European-spec 4C to a U.S. market is a bad business move. That’s why it’s building a different spec 4C that has better equipment to go along with its own share of technical changes. That includes putting in place a different monocoque, reinforcing the suspension, and adding new and improved headlights that we all first saw on the 4C Spider .

Or in the words of Wester, "a significant overhaul."

With all these changes expected for the U.S.-spec Alfa Romeo 4C, you can be sure that the cars are going to command a steep price. Alfa has yet to announce the price, but reportedly the base 4C will retail for about $55,000 with a top-of-the-line, fully-loaded model fetching close to $70,000.

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

If you happen to be a fan of our fancy new TopSpeed.com Podcast , you may have noticed that all three of us fancy the Porsche Cayman S and the Alfa Romeo 4C quite a lot. They are both mid-engined cars that are trying to put the enjoyment of driving back into a world that is full of hybrids and a push for self-driving technology.

But which of these two cars is the better choice? Unfortunately nobody on our team has yet had the chance to sample both cars back-to-back, so we will have to settle on the advice from another outlet; enter Chris Harris.

Chris Harris was absolutely in love with the Alfa 4C when he drove it last year in Italy, and he also firmly believes that the Cayman S is possibly the best sports car in the world. In this video we get to ride along as he tries to figure out which one he would rather take home.

Does the perfection of execution in the Porsche win out in the end, or does the Alfa charm its way into the winners circle with an a experience that is more raw and pure? Click play to find out.

After numerous starts and stops, Alfa Romeo’s return to North America now has a definitive date. The Italian automaker has cirlced the 2014 New York International Auto Show as the date when it finally touches down (again) on American soil with the presentation of the Alfa Romeo 4C .

Sans the very-limited 8C action.

And outside of the NAIAS , you can make a case that the New York Auto Show is as big a stage for Alfa Romeo to introduce the 4C in the American market. So there’s a lot riding here for Alfa Romeo, particularly how well it’s going to be received by a new client base, a majority of which are probably young enough not to remember the last time the company was catering to this part of the world.

This bit of news, plus the recent proclamation by Alfa’s head of marketing Alberto Cavaggioni that a new update is in the cards for the 4C every year for the next four or five years, should make for tremendous interest in the 4C in the US.

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

Alfa Romeo appears to have some cards up its long-range sleeve for its wildly popular 4C , with “something new” happening every year over the car’s projected lifespan of “at least” the next four to five years. Giving an indication of what’s to come, Alfa’s first ace in the hole was the 4C Spider that debuted at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show .

Alfa’s head of marketing Alberto Cavaggioni had a chat with TopGear.com about the topic. “We made a promise, and that was every year we will tell you something new about 4C," he said. The plan is to keep the 4C “animated” and continually changing so its enthusiasm stays alive. What’s more, those changes don’t exclude a souped-up ‘RS’ version with more power to act as a range-topper in the 4C lineup.

The continuing excitement isn’t necessarily to stay relevant with a direct competitor, however. Cavaggioni points out that even though the Porsche Cayman and Boxster are often matched up with the 4C, the Alfa gives a level of sport Porsche doesn’t match. “If you want a carbon fiber chassis, you have to get a McLaren . For the price and technology, the 4C doesn’t have any competition.”

The 4C has already garnered a respectable following, netting some 1,700 orders already placed in Europe, the Middle East , and Africa, with more markets being opened in the future. Sadly, there’s still no definite word on when/if Alfa will make a return to the U.S.

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

Source: TopGear

The Alfa Romeo 4C is set to become the official safety car of the FIA World Touring Car Championship for the entirety of the 2014 season, earning a distinction that only a handful of models have been given.

The announcement comes a week after Alfa previewed the 4C Spider at the Geneva Motor Show , and if there’s anything to take away from all of this, it certainly looks like the 4C has gained a tremendous following recently.

Eurosport Events made the choice to go with the 4C as the official safety car of the WTCC largely because of its popularity , which was evident when the 4C won the grand prize as the Most Beautiful Car of 2013 at the 29th International Automobile Festival of Paris. So with the growing demand and admiration for the sports car , it was a slam dunk for race organizers to pick the 4C for this rather important role.

As for the car itself, the 4C WTCC Safety Car looks impressive, at least compared to other safety cars we’ve seen in recent years. The largely dark-red exterior color makes way for some nice touches of black and the 4C graphic plastered on the roof gives it that racing vibe befitting of the WTCC. The black stripes running down the length of the vehicle are also nice touches, as are the new wheels that really make the the model pop.

The FIA World Touring Car Championship really got a good one to serve as its safety car for the entire season. At the very least, it’s a refreshing break from all BMW s and Mercedes models we’ve seen in the past.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard 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


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