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.”
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.
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