The Alfa Romeo 4C sports car is drawing attention from all corners of the auto industry. According to AutoExpress, it’s even piqued the interest of its sister company, Maserati.
Following on its plans to sell 50,000 vehicles a year by 2015, the Italian automaker, or at least its boss Harald Wester, also said that a variant to the 4C sports car could very well be in the cards too.
"It’s a nice idea," Wester said when asked by AutoExpress about Maserati’s plans.
With the new Ghibli joining the ranks of the Quattroporte, the GranTurismo and the GranCabrio in Maserati’s ranks, questions on whether the automaker spreading itself a little too thin aren’t unjustified. And don’t forget the Levante SUV, which is scheduled to be unveiled next year.
But if there’s an entry level in Maserati’s future, it couldn’t have picked a better one than the Alfa Romeo 4C.
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The ordering brochure for the new Alfa Romeo 4C has leaked online, revealing more details on the recently announced sports car and the recently announced Launch Edition. This leaked brochure reveals for the first time the horsepower and torque curve, tire specifications and images of the TFT cluster in all models.
Standard models will come with cloth seats, radio and halogen headlights, while LED lights are offered as an alternative. The Launch Edition will only be offered in Carrara White and Rosso Alfa, and will be limited to only 500 units. This special edition will feature carbon-fiber insertions on the headlamp finishing and mirror covers. It will also be offered with alloy wheels sized 18 inches up front and 19 inches at the rear, and red brake calipers. Carbon fiber will also be used on the interior for the instrument cluster cover and racing steering wheel, dashboard insert and gear buttons.
Both standard and Launch Edition will be powered by a four-cylinder 1,750 cc turbocharged engine that delivers an output of 240 horsepower. The 4C goes up to a top speed of 160 mph and hits 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.5 seconds. This means that its performance will far exceed what we initially thought it would.
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Alfa Romeo hasn’t sold a new car in the U.S. since the 8C and, for the most part, they haven’t been missed. But every now and again, even the most conservative of automakers puts out a wild model that we crave here in the States, but we are forced to watch from a distance since they are not typically available here. Fortunately, the 4C is not one that we have to watch from a distance, as all signs point to it making a run in the U.S. market in small quantities – about 2,000 of each version.
The details of the 4C are no secret any longer, as we know it features a 1,750 cc four-cylinder turbocharged powerplant that puts down more than 200 horsepower and hooks up to a dual-clutch automatic transmission. We also know that the drivetrain will launch this sub-1,873-pound sports car to 60 mph in under 5 seconds and up to a 155 mph top speed.
Yeah, we’ve got all of that stuff covered. What we are concerned with now is how this petite mean machine sounds. Well, omniauto managed to catch this beast on video at the Geneva Motor Show and it gives us an earful of sweet exhaust notes and the ominous whine of the turbocharger.
Have a look and listen to the video above and let us know just how excited it makes you for the 4C’s official launch in the U.S.
Alfa Romeo is celebrating the launch of its new 4C sports car with the launch of a special 4C Launch Edition. It will be offered exclusively in the European market where it will be priced at €60,000 (about $79,000 at the current exchange rates) and only 400 units will be produced. Orders are officially opened today during the car’s presentation at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
The new 4C Launch Edition will be offered in just two exterior colors: Carrara White or Alfa Red. When compared to a standard 4C, the new Launch Edition will be distinguished by a carbon-fiber aerodynamic kit that includes new spoilers and side-view mirror covers, a new rear aluminum diffuser with dark finishing and bi-LED headlights with dark surround. The model also receives new alloy wheels sized 18 inches up front and 19 inches at the rear. The wheels are combined with brake calipers in a specific color and, for an even sportier feeling, Alfa Romeo also added a new racing exhaust system with a BMC air cleaner.
For the interior, the new 4C Launch Edition adds sports seats in Alcantara, plus red stitching on the steering wheel trim, handbrake, mats, handles and sports seats when customers opt for a red exterior paint.
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 02/25/2013: Alfa Romeo has just unveiled even more images, including one of the interior that it has kept so secretive. Looks to us to be a standard old interior.
UPDATE 05/09/13: Alfa Romeo has dropped a new batch of photos of the 4C sports car. And if it didn’t look awesome before, it certainly does now. Hop over to the gallery to check out the photos.
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The Alfa Romeo 4C’s highly anticipated U.S. debut later this year is drumming up all kinds of hype from a lot of dealerships looking to get a piece of the Italian sports car.
Unfortunately, not every Fiat dealership will get their hands on the 4C, at least according to Chrysler Group vice president for network development and fleet, Peter Grady.
Talking to Auto News, Grady revealed that the two-seat, rear-wheel-drive sports coupe will only be sent to the best performing Fiat dealerships. Translation: those that don’t sell enough models are out of luck.
"The 4C is the first vehicle that comes at the end of this calendar year, and it’s going to go to the current Fiat dealers that are performing," Grady told Auto News.
"So if you’re selling and you’re taking care of your customer, you’ll be first up for Alfa Romeo."
There are two ways to look at this, shall we say, "condition" set by Chrysler. One, it could set off a competitive selling frenzy amongst a lot of Fiat dealerships in the U.S. just to get a piece of the 1,000 4Cs earmarked for the U.S. each year. On the flip side, you could see a virtual monopoly of the models by a select number of dealerships that are already ahead in the sales race of Fiat models.
Grady also said that he’s willing to be flexible to dealers that are confined by a limited location and can make the necessary adjustments to ensure that they’re not left out in the cold because of their circumstances.
Instead, he put out the condition that dealers meeting sales and customer service targets will still get Alfa Romeo franchises even if their stores are in malls, as long as they attach service departments before the Alfa Romeo models arrive sometime in 2015.
Alfa Romeo will be unveiling the production version 4C Sports Coupe in March at the Geneva Motor Show, but a selected number of dealers have already learned pretty much all there is to know about it. We will start with the bad news: while previous rumors suggested that the 1.7-liter turbocharged inline-four engines will deliver about 300 horsepower, it has now been confirmed that the 4C will, in fact, deliver a total of 237 horsepower.
Still, because its low weight - about 1,875 pounds in the concept version - the 4C will be a strong competitor for models like the Porsche Cayman.
Now for the good news: Alfa Romeo is going to also unveil two more-powerful versions: a track-only "Racing" version and a road-legal Stradale version, both delivering a total of 266 horsepower.
Alfa Romeo will produce a total of 2,000 units, which will include coupe, roadster, Racing and Stradale versions. Prices will be kept in the same area as the Porsche Cayman, so, it will be priced somewhere in the $50k area.
Once Alfa Romeo unveiled the 4C Concept in 2011, everyone knew it was just a matter of time before the production version hit the market. It’s been a real rollercoaster ride for the 4C and the production version was eventually delayed.
Things are now taking a turn for the better and there is now a light at the end of the tunnel for the compact sports car. Today we have the latest spy shots to prove that Alfa Romeo is pretty much done with the development of the production version 4C and set to start the production-planning phase.
As you probably expected, the production version will be pretty similar to the concept version. Under the hood, the 4C will get a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers over 300 horsepower and ushers its power to the rear wheels. Add in a total weight of only 2,200 pounds and you have a tiny coupe with stout performance numbers. In fact, rumors suggest a 0-to-60 mph sprint time of less than 5 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.
Expect the new Alfa Romeo 4C to be unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, with first deliveries coming in the summer. The good news is that the new 4C will also be offered in the U.S. market – the first Alfa to hit these shores from the factory in many years.
We have all been patiently awaiting more information on the spiritual successor to the 8C Competizione, the Alfa Romeo 4C, but Alfa has kept its information pretty close to its vest. Finally, after much speculation and wondering as to whether this much-anticipated model would ever actually see the light of day, it has been confirmed. Well, sort of.
Alfa has released an image that announces that the “Car to end all cars is nigh,” which we can only assume points to the 4C’s official release. The image also alludes to the fact that this new ride will roll into showrooms sometime in 2013, so the wait will soon be over!
Now, the question remains whether the 4C will make its debut before June and be a 2013 model year in the U.S., or will it arrive a little later as a 2014 model year. There are many more questions surrounding the 4C as well, like what engine will it feature? The concept model featured a relatively modest, yet powerful enough, 1,750 cc four-banger and we wouldn’t be surprised to see this 200-plus-horsepower powerplant make its way to production.
We’ll keep you updated on its exact debut date once Alfa releases it from its cold, dead fingers… Yeah, Alfa Romeo has no issue keeping secrets.
When a car is in its testing stages, most engineers will push it to the limits of survival, be it the icy cold terrain, the unbearing heat of Death Valley or the sharp corners at The Ring. They do it for a living. So they’re, what we call, "lucky"...
But not all tests can yield perfect tests. Like this Alfa Romeo 4C in the video above, for instance.
Most sportscars don’t really cooperate well under harsh weather conditions and slippery roads. This video proves just about that.
Thanks to the not-so-good traction on the road, the Italian sportscar had skidded and landed into a ditch by the side of the road- that’s what we assume- and looks like it is in need of a tow. Luckily, the engineers had a another car during the test.
Unluckily, that car was a prototype of what looks like a Maserati Ghibli, a car not exactly your everyday towing vehicle.
With the Alfa Romeo 4C production version launch delayed, Alfa can’t stand another setback like this. And neither do the handful of fans they have.