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2011 Alfa Romeo 4C GTA Concept

With only a teaser image to go on days before the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, everyone was thrilled to see Alfa Romeo unveil the 4C GTA Concept. According to Alfa Romeo, the 4C GTA is "a compact supercar" which represents the true essence of a sports car and is in line with the brand’s values: performance, Italian style, and technical excellence aimed at maximum driving pleasure in total safety."

The 4C GTA concept is inspired by models like the 8C Competizione and 8C Spider models, but takes their design a step forward. While the two models were focusing on obtaining more power, the 4C GTA Concept’s focus is on weight reduction thanks to the extensive use of carbon.

The concept is powered by a "4 cylinder" 1750 Turbo Petrol engine that delivers an impressive 200 HP that sprints the car to an impressive 155 mph.

UPDATE 08/30/2011: A few months ago, it was rumored that Alfa Romeo would bring an updated version of the 4C GTA Concept to the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Unfortunately, the first details revealed suggest that the only "update" the concept will receive is a new "Fluid Metal" livery that dynamically enhances the smooth, curvy, and original lines of the car. The company has also confirmed that a production version will follow in in 2013. The car will weight around 1873 lbs and will deliver up to 200 HP and a weight to power ratio less than 4 kg/HP.

UPDATE 09/16/2011: During the Alfa Romeo 4C GTA official debut in Frankfurt, the company officials have confirmed that the production version will follow in 2013 and will most likely be the first model to be sold by Alfa Romeo in the USA. Alfa plans to build 15,000 to 20,000 units of the 4C coupe over five years and another 5,000 to 10,000 roadsters will be built by Abarth. In Europe, prices will start from about about 45,000 euros, around $61,000 at the current exchange rates. (AutomotiveNews)

Hit the jump to read more about the 2011 Alfa Romeo 4C GTA Concept.

Exterior and Interior

Alfa Romeo 4C GTA Concept

Inspired by the 8C models, the 4c GTA is distinguished by its graceful and clean external lines, but also by an on-board design that maintains features and devices which directly reflect the car’s sporting spirit.

Thanks to the extensive use of carbon fiber the concept weight only 850 kilos. The chassis supports a body crafted completely from carbon, inside which there is space for the driver and passenger, while the rear frame structure and the crash boxes use aluminum extensively. This layout has improved the vehicle’s center of gravity offering an increased agility and drivability on the most challenging roads.

Performance

Alfa Romeo 4C GTA Concept

The 4c GTA concept is powered by a "4 cylinder" 1750 Turbo Petrol engine located centrally in the rear of the vehicle and mated to a new automatic "Alfa TCT" twin dry clutch transmission. With a total output of 200 HP, the engine will sprint the concept from 0 to 60 mph in just 5 seconds, while top speed goes up to 155 mph.

The concept also comes with an extremely sophisticated suspension layout (high quadrilateral at the front, MacPherson at the rear) that combined with a rear-wheel drive system offers a weight distribution of 40% on the front axle and 60% on the rear axle.

Pricing

Alfa Romeo 4C GTA Concept

Alfa Romeo has announced that the 4C GTA is not only a design exercise, but it will go into production in 2012 in an attempt to reinforce Alfa Romeo’s global growth. The new model will be the first Alfa Romeo offered in the US and will hop onto the market in late 2012.

Alfa plans to build 15,000 to 20,000 units of the 4C coupe over five years and another 5,000 to 10,000 roadsters will be built by Abarth. In Europe, prices will start from about about 45,000 euros, around $61,000 at the current exchange rates.

Competition

Alfa Romeo 4C GTA Concept

At this point, the only notable comparison for the 4C GTA is the KTM X-Bow itself. We’ve already touched on the overall weight of the two cars and as far as powertrain is concerned, the X-Bow has an Audi-sourced inline four-cylinder TFSI engine with around 220 horsepower on it with upgrades that can take the output all the way up to 300 horsepower. As for the price tag, the 300 horsepower version of the X-Bow retails for around $55,000, which is just around the ball park range of the expected price of the 4C GTA.

Alfa Romeo 4C GTA Concept
LOVE IT
  • Carbon fiber body
  • Impressive exterior look
  • only 850 kilos
LEAVE IT
  • Not enough power for a sports car
  • The rear doesn’t look that impressive

51 comments:

Did the folks at Alfa Romeo say whether they are going to build this? It would surely be an interesting ride but we won’t really know unless we see one running for real.

Well, I think that the engine output is actually ust right. Considering that the weight of this one is well under a ton, the engine will still be able to get this to a decent supercar speed.

If they want to be taken seriously in the premium segment they need to expand their range and and they have to do fast their 4 models in the line up. I think its the right time fir the Alfa to think about their manufacturing.

the car is simple damn gorgeous! Buying Alfa is not a rational decision though, In fact Alfa was listed as finalist for the car of the year. And i do hope that will win the title!

Rather nice two door. But the thing I am worried about is the engine. At just 200 HP, there are actually a lot of other similar cars that puts out more than this one.

Alfa Romeo definitely lives again on this one. They have been quite on a downhill with their previous designs, but this look really good. Hope this gets into production.

It may be tacky and dumb and an insult to Italian designs, but its cool nonetheless. Its gives Alfa some added quirkiness which it has been lacking lately.

I’ve owned several Alfa Romeo. they say they put the key in the console so you don’t hit you knee in an accident…AT LEAST put the start button down there! Besides that, this looks great!

I’m game!!!!!!!!!

"I like headlights larger than gun slits."Why exactly? That thing is hot! I think as LED technology evolves the days of large reflectors in headlights will go the way of the horse and buggy.

Strange is more the word that comes to mind for me. I like headlights larger than gun slits. Absolutely beautiful. Can’t wait.

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