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2014 Alfa Romeo 4C

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  • Alfa Romeo 4C
  • Year:
    2014
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  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Transmission:
    Six-Speed Automated Manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    240 @ 6000
  • MPG(Cty):
    24
  • MPG(Hwy):
    33
  • Torque @ RPM:
    258 @ 2100
  • Displacement:
    1750 cc
  • 0-60 time:
    4.5 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    160 mph
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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!

Updated 01/02/2015: Alfa Romeo USA unveiled a very cool promo video for the 4C sports car. According to the company, the 4C captures the real essence of Alfa Romeo in an attempt to move a man’s spirit. Enjoy!

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

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2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Centurion 007 – The Green Arrow by Pogea Racing

2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Centurion 007 – The Green Arrow by Pogea Racing

The Greenest Alfa 4C You Will Ever See

Ok, first things first. What is Pogea Racing? Well, if you did not know, check out some of Pogea’s previous work. As you can see, these guys are going all over the place with tuning.

The first Audi TT? Pogea can do it!
The 1959 Chevrolet Corvette? Sure!
The Audi A7? Of course!

Yet, regardless of such a wide array of tuning projects, it seems that they do their best work on stuff from Italy. As a chip tuning company from Germany, Pogea Racing started its operations in 1997 and, while I may list their best works for ages, I will actually focus on their latest projects - both of them based around the Alfa Romeo 4C. First one, named the Nemesis, appeared only months ago, but today, we have the chance to see the greenest Alfa Romeo 4C ever. It too got a name - the Centurion 007 – The Green Arrow.
As I am talking names, I have to point out that Pogea is quite creative when it comes to names. That Corvette I mentioned, they’ve called it the Big Red.

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Prepare to Say Goodbye to the Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe

Prepare to Say Goodbye to the Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe

The ’Spider’ will be the lone wolf to carry the 4C legacy, but for how long?

You think pretty looks are enough to keep a model alive? Ask Alfa Romeo that, and you’ll get a loud, resounding ’No’! Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO, Sergio Marchionne, has confirmed to Autocar that the Alfa Romeo 4C Coupé’s future in the U.S. is in question; however, the 4C Spider will continue to live on. Now, was this because of Alfa Romeo’s stubbornness to not give customers what they want, or was it just an under-par car?

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6 Sports Cars Everyone Should Drive at Least Once in Their Lives

6 Sports Cars Everyone Should Drive at Least Once in Their Lives

I have my choices. What are yours?

Suppose you were given a choice to pick six sports cars to take out for a spin, which models would you choose? Some of you might choose from a list made entirely out of hypercars. Some of you might go for all the all-muscle types. Some of you might even choose to drive one automaker’s entire catalog. Everyone’s taste for sports cars is different, which is why in figuring out my suggestions for the six sports cars everyone should drive at least once in their lives, I was more varied in my choices. I put in a hypercar, a track car, a muscle car, a Japanese monster, and a small Italian sports car that’s going to blow you away. Some of you might have different choices, and that’s fine. What’s important is that, at the end of the day, we all get to experience the cars we love, even if it’s just for a day.

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Alfa Romeo is Ticking our Senses With Plans to Build a 700-Horsepower 8C

Alfa Romeo is Ticking our Senses With Plans to Build a 700-Horsepower 8C

That’s just one of the many plans that the Italian automaker has in the pipeline

FCA has confirmed plans to bring back the Alfa-Romeo 8C, this time with a carbon fiber monocoque chassis, mid-engine configuration, electric front axle, and at least 700 horsepower.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

Wallpaper of the Day: 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider came in 2016 to pair the nimbleness and spunkiness of the 4C Coupe with the benefit of unlimited headroom. Of course, it didn’t come with its flaws, which included a weight gain of some 130 pounds thanks to structure changes required to keep the car structurally sound. It got its own look around back and even came complete with an elevated, carbon fiber roll bar behind the seats. It’s powered by a 1.75-liter four-cylinder that’s good for 240 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque – enough to get it to 60 mph in less than five seconds on the way to a top speed of 130 mph. Those are the fastest figures in the world, but they are fast enough for a car this size. Either way, it’s a sexy little beast, and we find it as the perfect addition to our Wallpaper of the Day Collection. Go ahead and download our hand-picked favorite or slide on down to the gallery below for more great wallpaper choices.

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2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Coupé Competizione

2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Coupé Competizione

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.

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Don't Expect to See an Alfa Romeo 4C Quadrifoglio Anytime Soon

Don’t Expect to See an Alfa Romeo 4C Quadrifoglio Anytime Soon

It’s not in Alfa Romeo’s plans at the moment

The Alfa Romeo 4C has had a turbulent life. It started on a high note when it was introduced in 2013. But since then, the 4C has had an up-and-down existence. Some people swore by its looks and handling, while others were dismayed by its lack of over-the-top power. Five years later, the 4C remains a resilient presence in its segment. Sales have tapered off, but Alfa has no plans of discontinuing the model. On the other hand, don’t expect it to get stamped with the company’s Quadrifoglio badge, either. The Alfa Romeo 4C will remain as it is, though a possible update is in the cards soon.

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Jennings Motor Group Renders 8 Sports Cars As SUVs

Jennings Motor Group Renders 8 Sports Cars As SUVs

The tall-riding mash-up continues…

In case you’ve been living under a rock (or maybe you’re just in denial?), demand for crossovers and SUVs continues to consume just about every automotive segment imaginable. Even the well-established performance marques are susceptible to the siren song of profitable jacked-up suspension plus tons of practical rear cargo room, with models like the Porsche Cayenne and Lamborghini Urus upending decades of sports car traditions. But what if we took it a step further? What if we gave eight iconic sports cars the SUV treatment? Welp, Jennings Motor Group did exactly that with the following renderings.

Continue reading for the full story.

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Alfa Romeo 4C Being Largely Revamped for 2019

Alfa Romeo 4C Being Largely Revamped for 2019

Updates include improved suspension, handling, and possibly a new engine

The Alfa Romeo 4C is a polarizing car. On the one hand, it has one of the best designs of any sports car on the market. On the other hand, it’s been panned for having an awkward ride and poor handling abilities. But don’t think that Alfa Romeo is throwing the 4C to the wolves; on the contrary, it’s doing the opposite. The Italian automaker is planning an overhaul of the 4C sports car that would include improvements in its steering and suspension to go with a new engine. Just don’t expect it to come with a manual transmission. Apparently, that ship has sailed.

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Alfa Romeo 4C Plus Formula 3000 V-8 Equals Automotive Bliss: Video

Alfa Romeo 4C Plus Formula 3000 V-8 Equals Automotive Bliss: Video

An Italian hillclimb special that sounds as good as it looks

Located in the north of Italy and surrounded by a jaw-dropping mountain vista, the municipality of Verzegnis has a lot to offer visitors. But beyond the stunning natural beauty and relaxing ambiance, Verzegnis also plays host to an annual hillclimb event. Officially sanctioned by the FIA, a variety of machinery show up every year to play in the twisting switchbacks and narrow two-lane tarmac, including the above-featured Alfa Romeo 4C. One look at this thing is enough to confirm it means business – just check out that aero, the ultra-wide and low stance, and race-ready rubber in the corners. But the real head-turner is coming out the twin exhaust pipes, where a high-strung Formula 3000 V-8 provides a soaring soundtrack.

According to YouTuber 19Bozzy92, the spec sheet is rather impressive – roughly 450 horsepower is on tap thanks to a 3.0-liter Zytek V-8, which is more than adequate considering the whole thing weighs just 700 kg (1,543 pounds). Throw in all the other competition-spec goodies, like upgraded steering, hardcore suspension, and a stripped interior, and this 4C has a ton of potential. Hit play, crank up your headphones, and bask in the sights and sounds of one of Turin’s finest tuned to 11.

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It's Not Looking Good For This Once Promising Alfa Romeo Model

It’s Not Looking Good For This Once Promising Alfa Romeo Model

The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider may be on the chopping block in the wake of poor sales results

What was supposed to be one of Alfa Romeo’s most important models has turned into a dud for the Italian automaker. The 4C Spider isn’t doing too well these days and if a report by AutoForecast Solutions is to be believed, the 4C Spider may very well end up being a one-and-done model.

It’s been established Alfa Romeo never thought the 4C Spider would be a sales hit, but even with that realization, the company had hoped that the model would at least make an impression, especially in the U.S. market. Turns out, the only thing the 4C Spider can boast of is that it has sold 11 more models than the Dodge Viper this year (309 to 298). That’s the same Viper that’s going out of production in 2017.

So with little to show for all the time and resourced Alfa Romeo put into developing the 4C Spider, it appears that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is cutting the cord on a possible successor to the model as a way of cutting its own losses in the process. To be fair, FCA has given no indication of its plans for the 4C Spider – or the coupe version – moving forward. The report may end up being true, or it may not. But neither FCA nor Alfa Romeo can’t hide from the fact that from a sales perspective, the 4C Spider has been a massive disappointment.

If FCA ends up sticking with the 4C, it’s going to have a lot of work to do on the model. If it doesn’t, well, it’s back to the drawing board, right? Either way, it’s not a good look for Alfa Romeo, especially at a time when the automaker is hoping to make a new impression in the U.S. market. It hasn’t happened yet for Alfa and the lukewarm reception to the 4C isn’t making it any easier for the company.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

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Motor Trend's Head 2 Head Takes A Look At The Audi TTS And The Alfa Romeo 4C: Video

Motor Trend’s Head 2 Head Takes A Look At The Audi TTS And The Alfa Romeo 4C: Video

Both sports cars offer something to the table. But which one has more to offer?

Head 2 Head’s Jason Cammisa and Jonny Lieberman are good at their jobs even though they sometimes spend too much time cracking jokes and doing gimmicks that take away from what they do best: review cars. This episode of Head 2 Head contains more of the same but, to their credit, they found a way to keep the jokes down and focus on giving us an insightful episode centered on the new Audi TTS and the Alfa Romeo 4C, two of today’s most appealing compact sports cars, and how both cars stack up against each other.

The two are joined by resident test driver and acclaimed racer Randy Pobst and, together, all three dissect the pros and cons of both the TTS and the 4C, right down to the dramatic styling differences between the two cars. In that sense, Camissa and Liebermann are right. The Audi and the Alfa Romeo look nothing alike as both embody the stereotypes of German engineering and Italian flair, respectively. Once the chit-chat was done, the hosts proceeded to get to the important part of the episode. They put both the TTS and the 4C through the ringer in a series of challenges to determine which car scored higher in a specific task.

All told, it’s a very insightful episode, as is always the case with Head 2 Head. Cammisa and Liberman even behaved themselves, at least for the part. In any case, it wouldn’t be fair to reveal the verdict here because there’s a lot of information that the host poured over. Instead of spoiling, I invite everyone to just sit back and enjoy the 23-minute episode.

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Alfa Romeo Could Bring Back The Brera As A Replacement To The 4C

Alfa Romeo Could Bring Back The Brera As A Replacement To The 4C

It could be the Alfa we never knew we wanted

The Alfa Romeo Brera was a front-wheel drive sports car that the Italian automaker built from 2005 to 2010. Despite garnering a handful of awards, the Brera wasn’t the seller that Alfa hoped it would be. Only 21,661 units were sold in its lifetime before the company decided to axe the model entirely. Fast forward six years later and there’s talk that Alfa is looking into dusting off the Brera name as it searches for a name for the eventual successor of the 4C.

According to Autobild, the “new” Brera will have some notable differences from its namesake, most notably the switch from front-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive with all-wheel drive being considered as an upgraded option. The sports car will also make use of the same platform that currently underpins the Giulia, which would make sense considering how heavily invested Alfa is to its existing premium sedan. Should the company proceed with this plan, the Brera will carry a front-mounted engine as opposed to the mid-engine layout of the 4C.

Speaking of the engine, details an engine-sharing scheme with the Giulia is possible, although power levels will be tuned differently to fit the specific needs of both cars. In the case of the Brera and its status as Alfa’s new sports car, expect the company to gear the car towards a more power-oriented profile with the possibility of using the same 2.9-liter turbocharged engine found in the Giulia Quadrifoglio Verde. The sedan has 505 horsepower on tap, so if the Brera were to use it, that output could be a little more than what the Giulia has.

Needless to say, all of this still subject to a lot of approvals from inside Alfa Romeo. But with the 4C already entrenched in its lifespan, it makes sense for the Italian automaker to begin looking ahead on its possible successor. If the Brera does get the green light, it could lineup against some of the segments notable heavyweights, including the Mercedes C-Class Coupe and the BMW 4 Series.

Continue after the jump read the full story.

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2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Centurion 1Plus By Pogea Racing

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Centurion 1Plus By Pogea Racing

The Alfa Romeo 4C may not be the most recognizable sports car in the market, but it sure as heck has the style and performance to give the rest of the lot a run for their money. I say this because that’s the 4C in standard configuration. Imagine what can happen if an aftermarket company can get its hands on the Alfa sports car and works its magic on it. We’ve already seen Garage Italia Customs release its program for the 4C Spider last month. Now it’s the 4C’s turn and doing the tuning honors is Pogea Racing.

The German tuner has been featured on these pages in the past, thanks in large part to programs like “A Force One” and “Seven Deadly Sins”. Today, Pogea Racing is introducing the “Centurion 1Plus”, a comprehensive tuning kit for the 4C that includes exterior upgrades and engine modifications.

The results are impressive, even if they’re not going to blow the lid off of the Alfa 4C. Just as important, Pogea Racing is limiting the availability of the Centurion 1Plus kit. If there’s even an inkling of interest out there, it might be best to get ahead of everybody else before all the available kits are scooped up.

Continue reading to learn more about the Alfa Romeo 4C Centurion 1Plus By Pogea Racing.

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2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider By Garage Italia Customs

2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider By Garage Italia Customs

Some of the most beautiful cars in the world have come straight out of Italy. Take the Alfa Romeo Spider, for instance. It may have been considered a “poor man’s Ferrari,” but the classic Pininfarina design and its twin-cam engine made it legendary. Of course, there is also the Lamborghini Murcielago, Maserati Bora, and Ferrari Enzo, among many others. Ferraris, Lambos, and Maseratis aside, I’m here today to talk about another Alfa Romeo Spider, but this time, it’s not one that was built from 1966 to 1993.

I’m talking about the Alfa Romeo 4C, specifically one that was customized in collaboration with Garage Italia Customs. The company’s main focus for each project car is to focus on the personality of each client, making each car just as unique as the person that owns it. I’ve seen some pretty wild modifications made to cars in my day, but this one is flat out elegant in every way.

The Alfa Romeo 4C comes a 1.7-liter, four-cylinder engine that puts out 240 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. It has been on my wish list for years, but I never thought I would see one modified to the extent of the 4C by Garage Italia Customs.

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2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

The 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider made its official debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show and quickly found itself atop our wish list. Based on the 2014 4C, the 4C Spider gets a host of upgrades as it moves closer to its North American arrival in the 2016 model year. 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 passenger 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, but the Italians claim it the extra weight won’t affect the car’s performance. New, more traditional headlights replace the bug-eyed ones from the coupe, while new center-mounted exhaust pipes give the rear end a sportier look. Power comes from the same 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.

Yes, it’s somewhat of a letdown that there’s no manual transmission, but at least the 4C Spider is coming to the U.S. as part of Alfa’s return to North America. That’s reason enough to keep us happy with only two pedals.

Updated 06/12/2015: Alfa Romeo announced prices for the new 4C Spider which will arrive at U.S. and Canadian dealerships this summer. Prices will start from $63,900 - excluding $1,595 destination.

Click past the jump for all the details on the new 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

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Review of Alfa Romeo 4C: Video

Review of Alfa Romeo 4C: Video

Plenty of praise has been heaped on Alfa’s little 4C sports car. Not only is it lightweight, quick, and achingly good-looking, it’s the first Alfa to be sold in the U.S. since the 8C in 2008. For a lot of folks, this Italian beauty is the culmination of the age-old automaker’s history. On paper, all is well. But what is it actually like to drive? XCAR’s Alex Goy decided to find out in this 12-minute video.

In typical fashion, the review is in-depth, starting with general perceptions, a few facts and engineering statistics, and a brief recap of Alfa’s extensive motorsport history, ending it with the pros, cons, and final conclusion. All of it is done with stunning rolling shots of the British landscape under an epic soundtrack.

In the end, Goy found the looks, the dual-clutch gearbox, the interior room and the engine all quite impressive. However, he didn’t like how the 4C felt at higher speeds, saying that it gets “...a bit unnerving. The wheel start’s grabbing and shimmying left and right, and in the end you end up hanging on for dear life more than actually feeling as though you’re in total control.” He was also disappointed by the harsh ride, expecting something a bit smoother.

The verdict? “The magic is there, it’s just not being seen properly yet.”

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Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Vs. Porsche Boxster

Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Vs. Porsche Boxster

Alfa Romeo has slowly but surely become a shadow of its former self after Fiat took over the helm in 1986, but the little Italian carmaker that could is planning a return to its past glory. The first step was a relaunch of the Alfa Romeo brand in the U.S. - currently with just one model, the sexy little 4C. Since the 4C coupe was more than once pitted against the Porsche Cayman, the newly unveiled 4C Spider can only go against the Cayman’s open-top brother, the Boxster.

Both the 4C Spider and the Boxster are mid-engine, lightweight, and have similar specifications, with the higher power of the Porsche being compensated for by the lower weight of the Alfa. But they are still very different, so I decided to see which of the two would come on top when their features are examined closely.

Continue reading to learn which model we like better: the Alfa Romeo 4C Spyder or the Porsche Boxster.

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Alfa Romeo 4C Rally Car?

Alfa Romeo 4C Rally Car?

Back in the day, the Lancia Stratos was absolutely dominant in the international rally scene, winning three consecutive World Rally Championships in 1974, 1975, and 1976. It was one of the last successful RWD rally cars before the Audi Quattro introduced all-wheel grip to the scene in the early 80s, and it’s often lauded as one of the prettiest rally cars ever made. 

Nowadays, Lancia hasn’t exited from the sideways stuff completely, but has yet to recapture its former glory. As far as I’m concerned, all the marque needs is a hero car in line with the original Stratos.

It appears the folks at Boldride agree, and came up with this gorgeous rendering of a new-age Lancia based on the current Alfa Romeo 4C. Featuring the same mid-engine, RWD layout as the streetcar, it’s unlikely this thing would offer similar performance as a modern AWD rally racer, but who cares? If it came with that classic Alitalia racing livery draped over the iconic wedge design, I doubt you’d hear any complaints.

Boldride says the stock four-cylinder would probably get tossed in favor of a 350-horsepower V-6, something fans of the historical Stratos are sure to appreciate (not to mention anyone who likes more speed). Acceleration figures would clock in at 0-to-60 in around four seconds. The publication also says a manual transmission would be unlikely, given its absence in the 4C. 

One look at this thing is all the convincing I need. Add my name to the petition. 

Continue reading to learn more about the Alfa Romeo 4C.

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Chris Harris Compares the Alfa Romeo 4C and the Porsche Cayman S: Video

Chris Harris Compares the Alfa Romeo 4C and the Porsche Cayman S: Video

It could be argued that the automotive world has a bit of a love-hate relationship with Porsche. On the one hand, the sports cars from Stuttgart exemplify driving excellence in their respective segments, which is especially true with the Cayman S. Everything on it is world class: the engine is responsive and powerful, the PDK transmission is perfectly geared and changes cogs like lightening, and the chassis punches well above its weight in terms of handling dynamics and at-limit feel. On the other hand, Porsche is a victim of its own success: few chances taken in the course of vehicle evolution means the lineup melts together when considering layout and exterior styling, and its immense popularity makes a Porsche blend into the background on the road. As weird as it may sound, you could say that Porsche has grown stagnant with its brilliance. It’s like a band with one perfect song reiterated into a whole anthology. Instantly recognizable, great to listen to, and terribly predictable. Not that we can blame Porsche; the German automaker has obviously found a formula that works, so why change it?

Alfa Romeo might have an answer with the 4C. Combining a low-weight chassis, exquisite Italian styling, and a mid-mounted, 240-horsepower inline-four cylinder engine, the 4C is the first Alfa to be sold in the U.S. since the 8C in 2008. I think this car is magnificent. It’s minimalistic in design, beautifully rendered, and focuses heavily on driver enjoyment. Plus, it’s not a Porsche.

So then, we have the Cayman, which is a wonderful car exactly like the rest of Porsche’s wonderful cars, and then there’s the 4C, the underdog Italian challenger. Which should you have?

Chris Harris sets out to find the answer with this video. We start on partially flooded British roads in the middle of a deluge to sort out how each takes to public byways, followed by some chucking about on a significantly drier road course littered with tight chicanes. Harris is once again up to task, presenting his impressions through analytical discussion that is both technical and emotional. Oh, and he gets completely sideways (obviously).

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

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Video: Motor Trend's 2014 Best Driver's Car

Video: Motor Trend’s 2014 Best Driver’s Car

Motor Trend has released a video chronicling their search for the best driver’s car of 2014. It’s an epic, hour-long odyssey to find the ultimate ride in a stacked field of top performers, and it’s filled to the brim with gorgeous footage of the latest and greatest sports cars at the limit. Contenders for this year’s title include: the Alfa Romeo 4C, the BMW i8, the BMW M4, the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, the Ford Fiesta ST, the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe, the Nissan GT-R Nismo, the Porsche 911 Turbo S, the Subaru WRX STI, and the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

The review is broken into two parts, as each car is put through its paces on twisty bits of California Highway 198 and flung down the corkscrew at the world-famous Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Hosted by Motor Trend’s Carlos Lago and touring car champion Randy Pobst, the finer points of driving each on the road and track is thoroughly dissected and examined. This isn’t a numbers game; winners and losers are determined by traits like ride stability, steering feel, power delivery, balance, and driver engagement. It’s really all about that ultimate intangible for a car: how it makes the driver feel behind the wheel.

Did Motor Trend nail it? Miss the mark? Which car do you think deserves the win? We want to read your thoughts in the comments below.

Click past the jump to see a list of the participants.

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Video: Motor Trend Reviews the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C

Video: Motor Trend Reviews the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C

Every now and again, we’re reminded of just how fun driving can be. Simple, purpose-built cars are often the best way of getting this reminder. The Alfa Romeo 4C is one of those cars. Its light curb weight and moderate power means its power to weight ratio is sublime. Its sport exhaust is missing a muffler but possesses a seductive roar. Its manual steering communicates every ripple in the road. These types of vehicles don’t come around too often at an affordable price, but somehow, Alfa has done it.

In the video above, MotorTrend’s Carlos Lago takes the 4C out for track testing and spirited cruising long the Pacific Coast Highway. The 4C posted some pretty respectable numbers at the track, as 60 mph came in 4.1 seconds and the quarter mile happened in 12.7 seconds at 106.7 mph. It also held an impressive 0.94 g of lateral acceleration and stopping from 60 mph took a mere 97 feet. Those numbers come darn close to supercar stats, especially considering the 4C’s starting price of just $55,195 and its 1.7-liter, turbocharged inline-four is only producing 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.

Even more impressive is the 4C’s fun factor. Its loud exhaust and quick-shifting six-speed twin-clutch transmission make for a thrilling ride. Add to that its mid-mounted engine location and curb weight of only 2,437 pounds and you’ve got a recipe for perfection.

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Alfa Romeo 4C will get a More Powerful Version, No Manual Gearbox

Alfa Romeo 4C will get a More Powerful Version, No Manual Gearbox

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.

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2014 Alfa Romeo 4C

2014 Alfa Romeo 4C

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!

Updated 01/02/2015: Alfa Romeo USA unveiled a very cool promo video for the 4C sports car. According to the company, the 4C captures the real essence of Alfa Romeo in an attempt to move a man’s spirit. Enjoy!

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

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US and Canada Will Get 86 Alfa Romeo Dealers

US and Canada Will Get 86 Alfa Romeo Dealers

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!

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2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Quadrifoglio Verde

2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Quadrifoglio Verde

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.

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Alfa Romeo Considering More Powerful 4C, Improved Version for the US Market

Alfa Romeo Considering More Powerful 4C, Improved Version for the US Market

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.

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Video: Chris Harris Puts the Alfa Romeo 4C Against the Porsche Cayman S

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.

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Alfa Romeo will Make its North American Return at the New York Auto Show

Alfa Romeo will Make its North American Return at the New York Auto Show

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.

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Alfa Romeo 4C will get Annual Updates; Hotter Version Under Consideration

Alfa Romeo 4C will get Annual Updates; Hotter Version Under Consideration

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.

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2014 Alfa Romeo 4C WTCC Safety Car

2014 Alfa Romeo 4C WTCC Safety Car

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 BMWs and Mercedes models we’ve seen in the past.

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Video: Alfa Romeo 4C Tested at Goodwood

Video: Alfa Romeo 4C Tested at Goodwood

If you’re not excited about the fact that the Alfa Romeo 4C is coming to the U.S. this summer, than you should check to see if you still have a pulse. I, for one, am seriously giving thought to lumping down a nice fee to get one in my garage, if it’s not too outrageous by time it crosses the pond. Even if I cannot swing the payment, you had bet that I’ll get behind the wheel of one soon after it arrives.

Well, the folks over in the UK already can already get their hands on one and what better test for this track-tuned road car than the Goodwood Hillclimb?

That’s right, the 240-horsepower, 900 kg (1,984-pound) 4C took a lap up the hill with touring car legend Anthony Reid at the helm. After seeing how the new Alfa handled itself with a legend behind the wheel.

Check out the video to see what Reid loved about the 4C and a few things that he wasn’t too fond of.

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Alfa Romeo 4C Will Hit US Dealerships by the End of June

If you are in the need of some good news this Monday, I have a doozy for you. According to the Detroit News, the new mid-engined Alfa Romeo 4C will be on sale here in the United States this June. That means that a new carbon-fiber, Italian sports car will be on sale in just about three months. I fear I may be drooling a bit.

The original plan for mass dealer allotment has been altered, and the first batch of cars will only be making it to a select group of dealers. Official word is that the actual dealerships have not been selected yet.

When the dealerships are finalized, and the keys make it into customer hands, there will be plenty of carbon-fiber Italians blasting to 60 mph in under five seconds everywhere. It will be beautiful.

Alfa Romeos were supposed to be running rampant around American streets by this time, but there have been an uncountable number of delays. It seems that the time is finally arrived, and the Alfas have landed.

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Video: Tiny Alfa Romeo 4C Revs Its Engine

Video: Tiny Alfa Romeo 4C Revs Its Engine

For us, Alfa Romeo 4C is one of the best sports car launched this year and we can’t wait for the moment when Alfa Romeo will finally decided to bring it to the North American market. Until then however, we need to stick with all the news we get from others, like this cool video coming from the famous Marchettino.

He managed to shot a very cool video during a trackday event held by Top Gear Magazine Italy when the Alfa Romeo 4C started and revved its tiny 1,75 liter turbo engine. There also see a series of accelerations and fly bys on track, making us even more jealous than before.

As a reminder, the 4C is powered by 1,75 liter four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 240 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque between 2,100 and 4,000 rpm. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and up to a top speed of 160 mph.

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2013 TopSpeed Car of the Year

2013 TopSpeed Car of the Year

It is that time of the year, when we at Topspeed like to look back and relive the best moments the automotive world had to offer in the year bygone. The 2013 calendar year brought a whole new range of interesting and exciting sports cars, luxury cars and even some odd hypercars, as the big names of the industry finally pulled the wraps off some very special automobiles.

Ferrari launched the 458 Speciale — the replacement for the F430 Scuderia; The La Ferrari succeeded the Enzo; McLaren and Porsche too launched the very complicated P1 and 918 Spyder, respectively; and Lamborghini showed the Huracan LP610-4, which will replace the Gallardo. Additionally, the Aston Martin Vanquish proved to be one heck off a crowd-puller and Bugatti continued with more special editions of the Veyron.

Lot has happened in the last 12 months that we would love to talk about. Out of all those cars that were launched during the calendar year, we’ve picked ten cars that made headlines. Following is are finalists that made it into the top 10.

2013 TopSpeed Car of the Year Finalists Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Alfa Romeo 4C Jaguar F-Type Coupe Mclaren P1 Ferrari La Ferrari Porsche 918 Spyder BMW i8 Cadillac CTS Maserati Ghibli Rolls Royce Wraith

So, the 2013 TopSpeed Car of the Year goes to... Read on to find out.

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Video: Alfa Romeo 4C Laps Nurburgring in 8:04

Video: Alfa Romeo 4C Laps Nurburgring in 8:04

A while ago it was reported that the new Alfa Romeo 4C lapped the famous Nurbugring track in 8:04 - a time that made it one of the fastest cars with engines under 250 HP and in line with times set by sports cars with much higher prices and more powerful engines, like the Audi R8 V8 and the Porsche Cayman S.

Now Alfa Romeo officially confirmed that time and released a video to prove us all what a great car the 4C is.

The car was driven by journalist and expert on the German track Horst von Saurma and was equipped with special Pirelli P Zero Trofeo tyres, the most sporty version in the Pirelli P Zero line.

This is one of the countless tests that the Alfa Romeo supercar had to face in every part of the world, from the -35° in Sweden to the +40° of Abu Dhabi, from the Arizona (USA) deserts to the slopes of Mt. Etna in Sicily, and from the Balocco (VC), Italy track to the one at the Nürburgring. During all of these tests the 4C did a great job, so all we can say is: please Alfa bring the 4C to the U.S. right now!

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Alfa Romeo 4C Rumored To Get New Headlights, Targa and R Version for 2015

Alfa Romeo 4C Rumored To Get New Headlights, Targa and R Version for 2015

Alfa Romeo’s never-ending soap opera continues with Fiat’s poorly-considered plan to fight with Chrysler’s labor union. If the 4C ever does arrive in the U.S. in 2014, its launch editions will be some of the only cars on the roads without the updates planned for 2015.

New headlights, a targa version and a more-hardcore performance model are all in the cards for 2015.

While on the U.S. market the Alfa Romeo 4C arrival depends on the Chrysler’s buyout, for the European market Alfa Romeo is already considering a few more alternatives.

According to a report coming from AutoEdizione, the next few years will bring some more interesting features for the new 4C: "There will be something to everybody’s liking, for example headlights which will resemble the ones we saw on the concept car in 2011."

The launch of the new 4C will be celebrated with one special edition called Launch Edition that will be focused on saving weight and getting the maximum performance out of the car. Next to this however, Alfa Romeo will also offer an even more sportier version built specifically for racing. There will also be an open Targa version, plus a few more interior updates and new headlights.

All we can say is that we’re really hopping that at least the standard 4C will arrive in the North American market. But with Fiat’s poor management and desire to empty Chrysler’s bank accounts, nothing is a sure thing yet.

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Alfa Romeo Needs Chrysler Buyout to Launch the 4C in America

We are all super excited over the Alfa Romeo 4C, with its sexy looks, stunning curves, lightning quick four-pot engine and a price point under anything that nears its performance credentials. We thought it was basically a slam dunk that it was coming to America, but there is now a little doubt in the air.

Recent reports claim that Chrysler and Fiat CEO, Sergio Marchionne, claims that Fiat S.p.A. produce the new sports car for the U.S. market without complete control of Chrysler — Fiat S.p.A. owns Alfa Romeo, and needs Chrysler’s cash flow and production capabilities to produce the 4C en mass. Currently, Fiat owns about 62 percent of the Chrysler and the remaining 38 percent is wrapped up in a union trust, and the union wants $6 billion to buy out the remaining 38 percent — Marchionne doesn’t want to pay more than $4 billion.

The only alternative to this buyout is to release an IPO that will allow the public to buy into Chrysler, but that would cause a huge conflict of interest for Marchionne and Fiat — Marchionne would want the share prices to go high to keep shareholders happy, but also remain low enough to allow Fiat to purchase maximum shares.

Most experts believe that the union and Fiat will come to an agreement somewhere between $4 and $6 billion for the remaining ownership of Chrysler, and that the IPO is very unlikely.

We couldn’t care less about the finances, folks. We just want to get the chance to buy the 4C, and soon!!!

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Alfa Romeo Releases a 4C-Inspired Bike

Alfa Romeo Releases a 4C-Inspired Bike

The new Alfa Romeo 4C is set to go on sale on the North American market in the second quarter of 2014 at a rumored price of $54,000. However, if you don’t have that kind of coin floating around, the Italian company is offering you a healthier alternative: the new 4C IFD bicycle inspired, of course, by the new sports car.

Breaking down the name, "IFD" stands for "Innovative Frame Design", "4" means it was inspired by the 4C sports car and "C" because it features a C-shaped cross-section of the frame. Just like the sports car, the new bike features a carbon-fiber, half-tube structure and is entirely crafted by hand in Italy.

The new 4C IFD bike will be priced from &euro3,500 ($4,700 at the current exchange rates) to &euro9,000 ($12,000). It will be put on sale in December 2013 in Europe, Asia and America.

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Video: Chris Harris Gets Some Track Time With the 2014 Alfa Romeo 4C

Video: Chris Harris Gets Some Track Time With the 2014 Alfa Romeo 4C

Every day, we are growing less and less fond of Chris Harris. No, he hasn’t started spouting off with half-thought reviews that are based more on payola rather than actual facts. Rather, we are simply jealous because he always gets his hands on the latest and greatest that the automotive industry has to offer. Then again, if an automaker wants to really prove its mettle as a performance car manufacturer, Harris is really the go-to guy.

This time around, Chris Harris got some track time with the new Alfa Romeo 4C.

As usual, Chris managed to dig up a few things that he didn’t like about the 4C, namely the bulky and over-padded steering wheel, and the uncomfortable seating, but in general he seemed thrilled by the new Alfa.

He definitely gave the 4C the thrashing that Alfa designed it to receive, taking is sideways every chance he got. He noted that it is agile and accurate, but not so accurate that it feels fake, like so many computer-controlled sports cars in today’s world. He also noted that on key point it that "it’s not a Porsche Cayman, and that’s just what the market needs."

Have a look at the above video to see Harris push the 4C to its limits. It’s definitely worth the 8 minutes.

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Report: Alfa Romeo 4C Laps Nurburgring in 8:04

The 2014 Alfa Romeo 4C made its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, and just the other day, Alfa dropped nearly all of the details on the model. Still, there was one important detail missing from the list: the lap time around the Nurburgring.

Alfa Romeo decided to keep us waiting a little bit longer, but Quattroruote — an Italian magazine — decided to revealed the 4C’s lap time of 8:04. With this time, the 4C positions itself in front of the BMW M3 E92’s 8:05 lap time and equaled the Audi R8 V8 and the Porsche Cayman S. Needless to say, the 4C put itself amongst some good company.

We are still awaiting official confirmation from Alfa, but we are willing to take this report at its face value. Don’t be too surprised to see Alfo Romeo wait a few weeks before officially announcing the time, however, as it is likely trying to shave precious seconds off of the lap time.

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Video: Alfa Romeo 4C Hits the Race Track

Video: Alfa Romeo 4C Hits the Race Track

For those of you who do not know, Marc Gené is a a motor racing driver from Catalonia, Spain, best known as a tester for Williams and Ferrari in Formula One. And in the above video he is the man behind the wheel of the upcoming Alfa Romeo 4C.

As you can see, he really knows what to do behind the wheel, so we get a good look at exactly what the 4C can do. To make the video even cooler is the fact that he was able to hit a top speed of 131 mph and he noted that the 4C was very stable on the track.

The 4C features a new four-cylinder 1,750 cc turbocharged engine that delivers a total of 240 horsepower and 258 pound-feet. This engine mates to an innovative Alfa TCT automatic twin-dry-clutch transmission and the 4C sprints from 0 to 60 mph in under 5 seconds. This compact Alfa tops out at 155 mph.

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2014 Alfa Romeo 4C Safety Car

2014 Alfa Romeo 4C Safety Car

If you needed more proof of what an amazing car the new Alfa Romeo 4C is, you will get it this weekend when the car serves as the Safety Car at the Silverstone round of the FIM World Superbike Championship.

This will be the second time that British customers have the chance to see the 240-horsepower sports car in action, after its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

While we usually saw the base version in either red or white exterior paint, the new Safety Car features a white exterior paint combined with the red, white and green colors of the Italian flag that will run the length of the body.

This is the seventh year in a row that Alfa Romeo is the proud sponsor of the FIM World Superbike Championship and this year’s championship will help it to prepare the 4C for launch in the UK.

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Alfa Romeo 4C to Guide Future Styling for Alfa Models

To say that Alfa Romeo has already gotten its money’s worth with the 2014 4C can be construed as an understatement. The vehicle hasn’t even hit the market yet in the U.S. but the attention it’s received from all corners of the industry has been more than what Alfa Romeo expected when it gave the green light to the 4C.

Now, Alfa Romeo’s future lineup of models may owe its existence to the 4C after the company announced that designs of all future mainstream models will take inspired from the 4C.

That’s a pretty big deal for a small, yet agile, sports car that has caught everybody’s attention since it was introduced as a concept a few years ago.

Talking to Autocar, Alfa UK brand manager Damien Dally said that the architecture of the 4C, including its lightweight body and all-aluminum 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, will be used in future mainstream Alfa models. Dally stopped short of divulging more details, but you can definitely take his words with more than just a grain of salt.

The 4C has earned the kind of cache normally reserved for more recent and more esteemed brand models. It just goes to show that Alfa Romeo has, in all likelihood, a certified winner in its hands made more impressive considering that the model has yet to hit US shores.

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Video: How The Alfa Romeo 4C is Made

Video: How The Alfa Romeo 4C is Made

There’s no denying that the 2014 Alfa Romeo 4C is one of the most eagerly anticipated sports cars to come out of Italy these days that doesn’t carry the Ferrari badge.

That’s how much hype the sports car is getting; any news about it is definitely gonna catch the attention of a lot of people.

So with that much going for it, Alfa Romeo decided to give everyone a behind-the-scenes look at how it builds the 4C. And by "behind-the-scenes,” we don’t mean the sort of time-lapse videos that we’ve seen in the past; this one runs well over 8 minutes long and goes in-depth into the process from beginning to end.

It’s a fascinating watch to put it lightly, especially if you’re one of the many people who are anxiously waiting for the sports car to finally hit dealerships.

Trust us; this is a video that you should be watching in its entirety.

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Maserati Wants to Build its Own 4C Sports Car

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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Alfa Romeo 4C Brochure Leaks Online

Alfa Romeo 4C Brochure Leaks Online

The ordering brochure for the newAlfa Romeo 4C has leaked online, revealing more details on the recently announced sports car and the recently announcedLaunch 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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Video: The Alfa Romeo 4C Emits a Mean Exhaust Note

Video: The Alfa Romeo 4C Emits a Mean Exhaust Note

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.

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2014 Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition

2014 Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition

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.

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