Geneva 2013: Alfa Romeo debuts 4C lightweight sports coupe

Geneva 2013: Alfa Romeo debuts 4C lightweight sports coupe image

Text: Brent Co / Photos: Alfa Romeo Press | posted March 07, 2013 16:38

Exclusive 4C Launch Edition limited to 1000 units

Alfa Romeo makes its return to the world of lightweight sports coupes with the debut of its 4C at the 2013 Geneva International Motor Show. The 4C comes from a heritage of Alfa Romeo sports cars of the past - the 8C and 6C. The 4C will mark Alfa Romeo’s return to the US market as part of its road to recovery. It will be built in the Maserati plant in Modena, Italy.

Alfa 4C rear

Also debuted was the limited to 1,000 units ‘Launch Edition’, which comes with exclusive options like carbon fiber mirror covers and rear wing, aluminum rear diffuser, exclusive wheels, color matched brake calipers, racing exhaust system, sports suspension and exclusive interior trims with Alcantara and carbon fiber embellishments. The ‘Launch Edition’ will also come in two colors, Carrara White and Alfa Red. Buyers will also get a chance to take part in an exclusive driving experience in Italy with professional instructors.

The 4C was designed at the Alfa Romeo Style Center, which pays homage to the brand’s iconic models like the 33 Stradale. With performance in mind, designers set forth on a dynamic and aerodynamic style to create a stylish and technologically advanced car. The car measures in at 3990mm long, 2000mm wide and 1180mm high with a 2380mm wheelbase.

4C interior

The interior receives a generous treatment of carbon fiber, aluminum, and leather combined with modern day ergonomics make for a simple driver-oriented sports car. The racecar inspired cockpit brings together instrumentation and switches in a well-planned manner for easy access.

Under the rear engine bonnet is a new all-aluminum direct injection 240-horsepower 1750 turbocharged 4-cylinder mid-engine. The engine is equipped with dual continuous variable valve timing and anti-lag system for the turbo to ensure power delivery in virtually the entire rev range. This is mated to an Alfa TCT dual clutch transmission equipped with next-gen software allowing for quicker shifts and launch control compared to current implementations in the Giulletta and MiTo.

The Alfa DNA selector will also receive a new ‘Race’ mode option in the 4C for a better racetrack driving experience. The current DNA selectors only allow for Dynamic, Natural and All Weather options. The ‘Race’ mode will take a long press on the selector while on Dynamic mode to activate; which in turn removes stability control, traction control to leave the driver full, exciting control of the car.

The ‘sophisticated’ suspension setup is composed of superimposed wishbones for the front and MacPherson struts in the rear for agile movement and road holding capability. Performance suspension and anti-roll bars similar to the ‘Launch Edition’ are available as an option for standard models. Braking is provided via large cross-drilled discs on all four corners and four-piston Brembo aluminum calipers up front and single piston rear calipers.

Performance figures for the 4C are very encouraging with a top speed in excess of 250 km/h, 4.5-second 0-100 km/h acceleration time, 1.1g side acceleration on corners and 1.25g of maximum braking deceleration.