Alfa Romeo 4C Details Emerge

14 February 2013

Alfa Romeo 4C Concept

Details about the Alfa Romeo 4C Sports Coupé have started to emerge just a few weeks before the hotly anticipated Alfa Romeo 4C is due to be unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show in March. Thanks to a generous word or two with the media from an Alfa Romeo dealer who attended a private meeting with the Italian company this month, new details can be shared regarding variants within the 4C line-up.

The selected dealers have already learned pretty much all there is to know about the Alfa Romeo 4C. The bad news first… While the first rumours surrounding the 4C suggested that the 1.75-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine would deliver a neat and tidy 300-horsepower (221 kW), it has now been confirmed that the 4C will in fact deliver only 237-horsepower or 176 kW.

That’s still a fine effort from a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and don’t forget to factor in the 4C Concept low claimed weight of just 875 kg, which will give the 4C a healthy power-to-weight ratio. Admittedly, that’s a pretty ambitious weight figure which might not translate into the production car, however, even if the Alfa Romeo 4C only weighs 1 000 kg, it will still be a light and agile car by modern standards. If the Alfa Romeo 4C is indeed going to keep its carbon fibre and aluminium chassis, it should be capable of a 0 – 100 km/h sprint in close to 5.0 seconds or less, before touching a top speed of 250 km/h.

The surprisingly good news is… Alfa Romeo is going to unveil a roadster version and a few special additions along the way with two more-powerful versions; a track-only ‘Racing’ version and then a road-legal ‘Stradale’ version, both delivering 198 kW.

Some not-so-good news is that Alfa Romeo is reputed to only be producing a total of 2 000 units, which will include coupe, roadster, ‘Racing’ and ‘Stradale’ versions. Prices will be kept in the same region as that of the Porsche Cayman. The 4C is supposed to cost between €56 000 and €64 000 or the equivalent of R660 000 to R780 000.

Everything we are hearing about the Alfa Romeo 4C is heart-warming from a technical point of view, but then the lowly production numbers leave a bitter taste in the mouth. Why develop such a unique car and then only produce 2 000 units? That doesn’t sound like the best way of leveraging your R & D money.