Historic Italian manufacturer Alfa Romeo is at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show to introduce the long awaited 4C, a compact mid-engined supercar with rear-wheel drive and two bucket seats. The model is the latest result of the experience built up with the amazing 8C Competizione model. It will be produced in the Maserati plant of Modena and will soon become available for purchase, marking also the return of the brand to the United States.
The Alfa Romeo 4C measures less than 4 meters in length, 2 meters in width and 1.18 meters in height, with a wheelbase of less than 2.4 meters. It is powered by a new 4-cylinder 1750 Turbo Petrol engine, with direct fuel injection, dual continuous variable valve timing, an innovative aluminum block with specific intake and exhaust systems and a revolutionary scavenging control system that gets rid of any turbo lag.
Speaking of which, the chassis is also entirely made of carbon with load-bearing and structural function, allowing the car to achieve the impressive weight-to-power ratio of less than 4 kg/hp. All in all, we could say that the 4C is so different and unique it basically has no competitors on the market. Well, apart from some Lotus model perhaps..
The headline act at Alfa Romeo’s stage in Geneva will no doubt be the 4C, but their exhibition isn’t going to be limited to their new sports car. The limited edition MiTo SBK, which we brought you images of a few months back will also feature and there’s a new Veloce version of the Giulietta to enjoy.
Alfa’s stand is expected to take the viewer’s attention before any one’s eyes hit the cars on display. The booth they’re bringing to Geneva is designed to reflect a winding, dynamic road. What better way to present the drama, passion and speed that are Alfa hallmarks? Of course the star of the show is the 4C, which gets it debut at Geneva. It will be produced alongside Maseratis at the Italian firm’s plant in Modena and is set for release later in 2013. It’s a carbon fibre and aluminium construction that’s powered by a 1.8 litre turbo engine that feds its power through to the rear wheels.
If you’d like a few more than the two seats offered in the 4C, the limited edition Superbike inspired SBK models might be more appealing. Alfa are exhibiting two cars that celebrate the firm’s involvement with the World Superbike Championship. The limited edition MiTo SBK that’s based on the 170 hp 1.4 litre model and available to only 200 drivers will take centre stage, but they’ll also exhibit the MiTo Superbike Special Series, which has 16 inch alloys, black fog light frames and “SBK” logos on the back.
The sports car that’s similar in size to the firm’s MiTo uses a carbon fibre chassis attached to front and rear crash structures and an aluminium frame at the rear, all of which keep the two-seater down to 850 kg. Power comes from a 4 cylinder, 1.8 litre turbocharged petrol engine that develops 200 hp and uses an automatic transmission with a twin dry clutch. The power and the low weight combine to produce a 155 mph top speed and a 0-62 mph time under 5 seconds.
The cabin image Alfa has given us show a leather interior, a flat bottom steering wheel and what looks like bare carbon weave on the door panels. The interior door handle looks retro but everything else is ultra-modern. At his finger tips the driver has an updated version of Alfa Romeo’s ‘DNA’ system, so as well as the normal Dynamic, Natural and All-Weather modes there’s a Race mode, which shows that this car is expected to challenge the likes of the Cayman and the Elise on the track as well as the road. Alfa plan to put the new car into production in May 2013 and will build the car at Maserati’s Modena plant. Around 2,500 units are expected each year, many of which have been earmarked for America as the C4 will spearhead the marque’s re-entry into the US market.
Alfa Romeo has released the first official images and more details about the new Alfa Romeo 4C, the new compact mid-engined rear-wheel drive two-seat sportscar of the historic Italian carmaker that will debut at the upcoming 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The new model will be less than 4 meters long, 200 cm wide, 118 cm high and with a wheelbase of less than 2.4 meters, and will boast technology lifted from the mighty Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione.
The engine will be the new 1.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder unit with direct injection entirely made of aluminum, a choice that will obviously play a role in making the car extremely light. This unit boasts cutting-edge technical solutions including dual continuous variable valve timing and a revolutionary scavenging control system that gets rid of any turbo lag. The TCT twin dry clutch automatic transmission has also been designed to keep the weight as low as possible, though the gear shifting (operated through paddle-shifters at the wheel) is virtually instantaneous.
The much-anticipated Alfa Romeo 4C is still well into its testing stage as this collection of recent spy shots, which unfortunately doesn’t provide us with any significant new information that we did not know already. However, new details have been revealed by Italian web forum Autopareri, which spread some interesting news concerning the interior and the dashboard of the upcoming model. The Alfa 4C will come with an instrumentation cluster with a LED panel and adopt a mixed analog/digital solution similar to that of the BMW 7-Series. The dash is trimmed in soft-touch materials and will have two vents right in the middle of the dashboard.
The interior will obviously be quite racing-oriented, although equipped with some unusual elements for a car of this level: the seats - described as attractive and well designed - will be separated by a rather slender tunnel designed to host some sort of arm rest as well. The Alfa Romeo 4C is also expected to borrow a few components from the Alfa Romeo Giulietta (or Dodge Dart, if that sound more familiar to you) while the panel will be oriented towards the driver.
From what we heard from our photographers - and mostly from what they’ve heard listening to its sound - we can rest assured that the mufflers sported by this model are all but final. The mid-mounted Alfa Romeo 4C will be powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine made of aluminum and producing a little more than 200 hp and be matched to a TCT automatic transmission. The model is expected to show up in its definitive form at the upcoming 2013 Geneva Motor Show (7-17 March).
A loyal reader of our parent site Autoblog.it just sent us this bunch of spy shots picturing the Alfa Romeo 4C, definitely one of the most eagerly awaited cars of the year 2013. The model is expected to debut next March at the 83rd Geneva International Motor Show and will mark the return of the Italian brand in the sports car market since the launch of the jaw dropping Alfa Romeo 8C in 2007. The new two-seater from Alfa Romeo will use a number of technical solutions that will allow it to have weight and handling of a true sports car.
The upcoming mid-mounted Alfa Romeo 4C will come with a rear wheel drive configuration and a brand new four-cylinder 1.8-liter aluminum engine that would be expected to deliver something more than 200 horsepower. This unit should be mated to an ‘evolution’ of Alfa Romeo’s own dual-clutch TCT transmission. As already pinted out, the weight of the 4C should be extremely low thanks to the wide use of noble materials such as carbon fiber, aluminum and special plastics for the chassis and the body. Rumor has it the car will weigh something like 850 kg (1870 lbs).
The Alfa Romeo 4C mule featured in these new spy photos is still entirely camouflaged, with the same black plastic covers that we have seen in all the previous sightings of the various prototypes. The length of the model should be around 4 meters, while the overall look of the car will be very attractive, recalling the lines of the concept version we have seen at a few exhibitons in the past months. The production of Alfa 4C will be carried out at the Maserati plant in Modena at a rate of 2,500 units per year.
Alfa Romeo 4C is undergoing road testing. Our friends at Cars and Coffee’s, Turin, Italy sent us a few pictures featuring the new two-seater driving on a motorway in Piedmont, which are added to the bunch of pics already published by us.
Let us recall the main characteristics of the new 4C: it has a Dallara carbon fibre tub, wrapped in a SMC body, a particular variant of Glass Reinforced Plastic, GRP, and aluminium subframes with hybrid aluminium and steel rear structure. The length of the Alfa Romeo 4C should be around 400 cm and the power will be transmitted to the rear wheels through a dual-clutch automatic transmission, probably sourced from the TCT gearbox currently offered on some Alfa Romeo models.
Alfa Romeo 4C should be displayed in production version at the next Detroit Auto Show, and could be reach European showrooms as early as 2013 or 2014 for the U.S.
Alfa Romeo 4C has been caught in these spy shots, while undergoing testing nearby Turin, Italy, before the beginning of the production phase. The new Alfa Romeo two-seater, which will be presented at the next Detroit Auto Show, is completely disguised under a black coating that prevents any details to be seen. From the camouflage it’s possible to distinguish the outline and proportions of the car, which seem very similar to the sinuous and aggressive lines of the prototype presented at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show: Alfa Romeo 4C will hit the European market in 2013 and will be on the American one in 2014.
Alfa 4C will be produced in 2013 at a rate of 2,500 units per year in the Maserati factory in Modena (Italy), where Maserati GranTurismo and Maserati GranCabrio are manufactured. The two-seater will have a hybrid chassis in carbon fibre, plastic materials and aluminium and will be powered by the new centrally mounted 1.8-litre turbo FPT, a 4-cylinder direct injection aluminium-block engine. The weight of the new Alfa 4C is expected to be very low, around 850 kg, which, combined with a power output rated at more than 200 horses, will enable the small sports coupe to sprint from 0 to 100 km / h in less than 5 seconds, reaching a top speed of about 250 km / h.
The small sporty Alfa Romeo should use a central tank made of carbon fibre, a SMC body, a particular variant of Glass Reinforced Plastic, GRP, aluminium sub-frames and with hybrid rear structure in steel and aluminium. Alfa Romeo 4C is expected to measure around 400 cm in length and will have rear-wheel drive and dual-clutch automatic transmission, probably sourced from the TCT gearbox currently offered on some models of the Alfa Romeo line-up.
The highly anticipated Alfa Romeo 4C might be officially unveiled in summer 2013, about six months before the Detroit Auto Show taking place in January 2014. Detroit was thought to be the ideal stage for the launch of a product designed to conquer the stars and stripes market and to mark the comeback of Alfa in the States. The rumour, spread by Autocar, make us crave for more news.
The same internal sources approached by the British magazine also confirm that the new Giulia, heir to the 159, will be built simultaneously in two production sites: one in Italy, designated to meet the demand of the European market, and the other in the U.S., in order to decrease logistics costs and to increase economies of scale with the Dodge Dart.
Fiat chief Sergio Marchionne revealed that the Dodge Dart may soon have a high-performance SRT version, equipped with the new 1.8-litre turbo FPT: a 4-cylinder direct injection aluminium-block engine that will be placed under the hood of many Fiat-Chrysler cars and also under the Alfa Romeo 4C, which should deliver an output of about 300 hp. The weight of the 4C will be less than 1000 Kg, thanks to the extensive use of carbon fibre for the chassis and body.
Quoting internal sources, Top Gear’s website reports that Alfa Romeo is actually working on a production version of the 4C, the little two-seater that we had seen in a matt red livery in March at the Geneva Motor Show and then in a shiny metallic outfit in Frankfurt. Apparently, the Fiat Group (which controls Alfa Romeo) is aiming at putting out a version of the car with a price tag in the 45,000£ area (roughly 54,000 € - 70,000 $), and the project is currently being developed in a sort of low-profile way, outside the main product-development bureaucracy.
The showcar we have seen at both Motor Shows used a carbon tub designed by racecar manufacturer Dallara, which also contributed to the design of Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione (and, among others, to Bugatti Veyron too), while front and rear frames were aluminum. In order to achieve the price range they are aiming at, the production version of the 4C might end up using some less noble material, but for now it would be pointless to speculate on which sort of solutions they may adopt. As for the mechanical side, rumor has it the next 4C
will start life with a 230 hp engine which, in combination with a weight of about 900 kg, would provide the model with an impressive power-to-weight ratio that will allow it to go from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in about 4.5 seconds.
According to TopGear’s website, the carmaker is planning to put the first prototypes of the model on the road in Spring 2012 in view of a possible commercial debut in the same period of the following year. However, we would expect to see some 4C concept version popping up at some Motor Show before then.
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