Alfa Romeo’s highly anticipated new 4C sports car will go on sale in October, priced from £45,000.
The 4C is a radical departure from the Italian marque’s offerings in recent years, being a focused sports car which the company claims will offer supercar levels of performance and handling thanks to its light weight.
It is already currently available in £52,000 ‘Launch Edition’ spec, which is distinguished by its LED headlights, burnished alloy wheels and additional carbon-fibre trim.
Rather than using a huge V8 engine, Alfa has opted for a much smaller 1.7-litre turbocharged four-cylinder motor. Aside from being lighter – largely thanks to its aluminium construction – the motor is a powerhouse, developing 240bhp and 350NM of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels via Alfa’s twin-clutch TCT gearbox.
There are rumours that Alfa may eventually release a more powerful V6 model, though nothing has currently been confirmed.
However, with the 4C able to get from 0-62mph in just 4.5 seconds, and on to a top speed of 160mph, performance fans are likely to be satisfied with the engine currently on offer – and even more so when they realise the 4C will also return 41.5mpg and emit just 157g/km of CO2.
Giving further credit to its supercar-slaying remit, the 4C is fitted with racing car style double-wishbone suspension at the front and features huge brakes that are designed to cope with the rigours of track work.
The interior exhibits a similarly purposeful intent, with the exposed carbon-fibre chassis and driver oriented controls setting a sporting tone. There are the usual Alfa design flourishes, too, including heavily sculpted seats and a ‘DNA’ drive-mode selector, which alters various parameters to suit how and where you are driving the car.
First deliveries of the Alfa 4C begin in early 2014. If you fancy one, you’d better be quick – global production is limited to just 3,500 examples per year.
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