Alfa’s sexy sports car is getting two new special edition models

Five years since its introduction, the Alfa Romeo 4C is still alive and kicking. The sports car even got a prime placement at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show courtesy of a pair of special edition models, one of which is called the Alfa Romeo 4C Competizione. The special edition 4C is the recipient of model-specific styling cues that separate it from its standard counterparts. By virtue of its status, only 108 units of the 4C Competizione will be available to the public.

Alfa Romeo 4C Coupé Competizione Exterior

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The special edition 4C gets plenty of styling upgrades, none more striking than its Vesuvius Grey exterior paint finish and the dual racing stripes that run the length of the car

For the most part, the Alfa Romeo 4C’s styling hasn’t changed much since it was introduced in 2013. That isn’t much of an issue because the 4C remains one of the most attractive sports cars on the market today. That said, major updates are reportedly in store for the sports car this year so that’s something we can all look forward to.

In the meantime, the Alfa Romeo 4C Competizione — and the 4C Italia, for that matter — gets our attention. The special edition 4C gets plenty of styling upgrades, none more striking than its Vesuvius Grey exterior paint finish and the dual racing stripes that run the length of the car. I didn’t think racing stripes would look good on the 4C and yet, here I am, drooling over the Competizione special edition. The upgrades don’t end there, either.

Thanks to its status, the 4C Competition also gets plenty of premium equipment that comes standard with the model. The carbon fiber roof is now standard. Same thing with the rear spoiler, which also happens to be made from carbon fiber goodness. The mirror caps are also made from carbon fiber, as are the side air vents and the headlight moldings.

The 4C Competizione’s exterior upgrades conclude with a carbon-trimmed Akrapovich exhaust, red brake calipers, and a new set of dark-finish, five-spoke wheels that measure 18 inches in the front and 19 inches at the back.

Alfa Romeo 4C Coupé Competizione Interior

Inside, you’ll be treated with a heavy dose of leather covering most of the cabin surface. Microfiber seats have also been added and, to make sure that everybody knows that this car is limited, the obligatory numbered badge and aluminum “Competition” plaque can be seen on the central tunnel.

Alfa Romeo 4C Coupé Competizione Performance

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The 4C is still capable of accelerating from 0 to 62 mph in 4.5 seconds before peaking at a top speed of 160 mph.

Unfortunately, neither the 4C Competition nor the 4C Italia benefit from any engine upgrades. That means that both special edition models still get the same 1.75-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder unit that pumps out 240 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Not that we’re complaining because as it is, the 4C is still capable of accelerating from 0 to 62 mph in 4.5 seconds before peaking at a top speed of 160 mph.

Combine that ability with its special edition styling, and you can see why heads are turning at the sight of the 4C Competition in Geneva.

Alfa Romeo 4C Coupé Competizione Availability

Alfa Romeo has yet to announce when the special edition 4C will hit the market, but given its limited numbers — only 108 will be available — don’t expect the model to stay on the market long.

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Press release

The Alfa Romeo stand will also showcase the super sporty 4C, which expresses the racing spirit that is part of the Alfa Romeo DNA: optimum performance and excellent engineering designed for ultimate pleasure to drive in breathtaking style. Two cars, a Coupé and a Spider, in the "Competizione" and "Italia" special series, will be at Geneva for visitors to admire. The Coupé has a much sportier personality, with strong racing connotations, while the Spider, still capable of thrilling performances, has a more elegant, refined character.
They are both powered by a feisty all-aluminium 240 HP 1750 Turbo petrol engine, with intercooler and continuous twin phase variators. Combined with the TCT automatic transmission, it delivers supercar performance: weight-to-power ratio of less than 4 kg/HP, top speed of 258 km/h (257 km/h for the 4C Spider), 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds, lateral acceleration of 1.1 g and maximum braking deceleration of 1.25 g. This performance is aided by the lavish use of ultralight materials, including carbon fibre for the shell, aluminium for the front and rear subframes and SMC (low density compound) for the bodywork.
The two series, both limited editions, are exclusively styled. The matte Vesuvio Grey of the Coupé, combined with the exclusive livery designed especially for this configuration, (which each customer can choose or not) underscores its uncompromisingly sporty nature. As well as the body shell, additional carbon details raise the sporty temperature: the roof, rear spoiler, mirror caps, side air vents and headlight moulding, all emphasising the car’s muscular power and supreme engineering, and clearly referencing the racing world. The stylistic outfit is completed by the body-colour front bumper with air vent, the dark-finish five-spoke wheels (18" at the front and 19" at the back), the red brake callipers and the Akrapovič titanium central tailpipe with dual mode and carbon again in the trim.
The racing mood continues inside the cockpit: the seats are leather and microfibre with red stitching, as is the racing steering wheel, and to conclude, the exclusive status of the limited series of just 108 cars is underlined by the numbered badge on the central tunnel and the aluminium "Competizione" plaque on the dashboard.
The Spider "Italia" special series is identified by the Misano Blue bodywork, exclusive to the 108 cars in this collectors’ version. On the outside, eye-catching features include the asymmetric five-spoke wheels, 18" at the front and 19" at the rear, and the yellow brake callipers that match the stitching on the seats, dashboard, steering wheel and door panels. The side proudly displays an exclusive "Spider Italia" sticker in the three colours of the Italian flag. The 4C Spider Italia’s standard outfit includes Akrapovič titanium central twin tailpipes with dual mode function and carbon trim. The equipment is completed by Alpine premium Hi-Fi system, with subwoofer, numbered badge on the central tunnel and aluminium "Italia" dashboard plaque.

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