Alfa Romeo 4C: full details revealed


Alfa Romeo 4C: full details revealed

Alfa Romeo has released full details of its new 4C sports car – including the new car's price, which is set to be £45,000.

That'll put it in direct competition with Porsche's Cayman S, which costs £3,800 more, giving the 4C a tough benchmark to beat in the sector.

Nevertheless, Alfa is hoping that a raft of motorsport-derived chassis technologies – including a carbon-fibre monocoque that'll keep the car's overall weight down to just 895kg – will give the 4C the edge over the Porsche.

That low weight will give the 4C a scorching 0-62mph time of just 4.5 seconds, which will mean that despite a relatively low power figure of 237bhp – the Cayman S boasts a full 84bhp more – the Alfa will actually be the faster car.

A mid-mounted 1.75-litre four-cylinder turbo will provide that power, and will also offer torque in the order of 349NM, from 2,100rpm up to 4,000rpm.

The 4C will also boast double-wishbone suspension up front that'll be mounted directly to the chassis, rather than to a subframe, which Alfa hopes will combine with the car's 40:60 front-rear weight distribution and unassisted steering to offer handling that'll rival the best its competitors can offer.

Inside, exposed sections of the car's carbon-fibre tub combined with sports seats and a flat-bottomed steering wheel give the interior a purposeful feel.

The car's low weight will give it one other significant advantage: Alfa Romeo says that despite its sporting credentials, the 4C will return a remarkable 41.5mpg on the combined cycle, and CO2 emissions of just 157g/km.

Order books for the Alfa Romeo 4C open in October but the first customer cars aren't expected for delivery until late in 2014.

Alfa Romeo 4C

Alfa Romeo 4C