Alfa Romeo 4C Being Largely Revamped for 2019
Updates include improved suspension, handling, and possibly a new engineby Kirby Garlitos, on
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.
Alfa Romeo has big plans of turning the 4C into a proper sports car that can serve as one of the brand’s faces
All the buzz surrounding Alfa Romeo’s plans for the 4C sports car come by way of the automaker’s engineering boss, Roberto Fedeli. Speaking with Autocar, Fedeli confirmed that the company has big plans of turning the 4C into a proper sports car that can serve as one of the brand’s faces. It’s not a coincidence that the company came to this decision just as it’s returning to Formula One as a sponsor of the Sauber Formula One team. In Fedeli’s own words, “we need the 4C to be our halo car.”
Feudal didn’t dive into any specifics about Alfa’s plan, but the updates are believed to be significant enough to get the sports car world buzzing when it launches in the fall of 2018. At the very least, we should see Alfa Romeo address some of the issues that have plagued the current 4C. A revised suspension sits on top of that list, something the updated 4C needs. Improvements on the car’s steering and handling should also be in the cards. There’s even talk of a new engine being prepared for the sports car. We’re definitely interested in that possibility.
A manual transmission is going to be left out of the equation
Unfortunately, a manual transmission is going to be left out of the equation. According to Fedeli, there’s a simple reason for that: nobody wants them. Apparently, his opinion on the matter is drawn from his experience with Ferrari where the company spent in excess of $14- to $15 million developing a manual transmission for the California roadster, only to sell two cars with that drive setup. Even with the absence of a manual transmission, all the planned changes for the 4C are exciting. Let’s hope that it translates to a much more polished finished product.
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