Alfa Romeo stand’s undiscussed leading character at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show is the 4C Concept Fluid Metal, the standard bearer of the Italian brand’s know-how, especially when it comes down to technological innovations.
The 4C Concept is 4m long, with a carbon-fibre chassis, an aluminium crash box, it weights 850kg and it has a weight/power ratio of 4 kg/HP. This beautiful sports car features a 1750 TBi turbocharged 4-cylinder (200 HP) paired up with a dual clutch TCT transmission. Its performance is quite remarkable: its maximum speed is of 250 km/h and it reaches 0-100 km/h in less then 5 seconds. Alfa Romeo 4C Concept’s commercial debut is expected in 2013.
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The Alfa Romeo 4C Concept gets an update before heading to the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, after the stunning model was first revealed this year at Geneva. So why give a concept a restyle before a production version? To give it a new colour - the Alfa Romeo 4C now appears in “Fluid Metal” silver paint.
The Alfa 4C production version is expected to go on sale as a 2012-2013 model year car and the PR boffins have described it in their press release as the Ambassador of DNA technology. That means we should get some serious technology on the 4C as it takes the rest of the Alfa range into a new era of design and driving feel (at least, that’s what we hope).
The model will be the first in a series of Fiat sports car and measures four metres long, with a centrally positioned engine and rear wheel drive. The chassis is made from carbonfibre with an aluminium crash box and that lightweight construction promises a kerb weight of a mere 850 kg. The first engine on offer has been confirmed as the 1750 TBI (a turbocharged 1.7-litre unit) with more than 200 hp, and there will be TCT dual-clutch transmission and Alfa DNA drive mode selector.
Alfa Romeo isn’t releasing all the technical specs as yet, but it claims a sprint to 100 km/hr in less than five seconds and a top speed of more than 250 km/hr. Apparently we can expect a weight-to-power ratio of less than 4 kg/hp and weight distribution across the wheelbase should be 40 percent up front and 60 percent at the rear. Finally, the 4C gets wishbone suspension at the front and MacPherson struts at the rear in what Alfa promises will be one of its first real driver’s cars in years.
We were still enamoured of the Alfa Romeo 4C Concept from this year’s Geneva Motor Show before discovering that there will be a new-look 4C Concept at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. The news comes from the Alfa Romeo Facebook page and the image above suggests that there will be a modified design to the 4C.
We’re assuming that this second Alfa Romeo 4C prototype will be close to the production version that should debut on international markets in the near future, but there have been so many rumours and delays to this model’s debut on the US market, that it seems just slightly disappointing to be getting another concept and not the final version.
On the other hand, Alfa could emerge with added interest and enthusiasm, particularly from the US on this second presentation, particularly after the anticipation that the Geneva 4C debut has created. All that will probably depend though on just when exactly we will get an official Alfa Romeo 4C production version debut.
The Alfa Romeo 4C is seen in this new official video which gives us a look at some of the design details and technical specs of the model that debuted to great acclaim at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Talked of as being the model to take Alfa back to the US, there are no real confirmations as to its official production debut.
What we do know is that the Alfa 4C has a 1750 TBi centrally-placed engine, a Dallara carbonfibre chassis, rear-wheel drive and a dual-clutch transmission. We do get to see the two-seater 4C take in a few track laps at the Balocco circuit, but the video is more about beauty than a detailed look at how it drives on the track.
Still, beautiful it is and what’s more, the possibility of the Alfa 4C on the market at a competitive price opens up opportunities for the Italian brand with a new model, getting back to its sporty roots. A Maserati version of the 4C has also been rumoured, as has an open-top Abarth 4C Spider, but we’d like to see Fiat get behind this project first, and get the Alfa 4C on the market.
In an interview with Dan Garcia, Abarth Spain marketing manager, and Spanish autoblog, a project to develop a central-engined Abarth Spider has been revealed. The scorpion-badged spider would be based on the Alfa Romeo 4C and would reach international markets between 2013 and 2014.
More surprising news is that we could also see a Maserati model developed, meaning the Italian brand would also get a centrally-engined model to compete with the likes of the Porsche Cayman and the Lotus Evora. With just a hint of rivalry, Garcia says that the Alfa 4C Concept project was originally under the direction of Abarth.
We’re not sure whether we’re more excited about the Abarth or the Maserati model, although the two will clearly have a different image, market position and price. Hopefully there will be more information to come.
The Alfa in the US saga has a new episode to add with reports from Italy that the first Alfa Romeo model in the US will be the highly anticipated 4C GTA which was presented at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. While not in production yet, apparently the Alfa 4C Concept will make it to market in North America before even the much talked about Alfa Giulia and Alfa SUV.
As already previously stated by Sergio Marchionne, the Giulia needs to iron out some design issues before it’s ready for the US, and now it seems the Fiat CEO has decided to launch straight into what fans hope will be Alfa’s first real sports model in years. It could certainly prove to be quite the debut if the 4C GTA lives up to expectation.
This particular model means much to the brand right now. It was finally put on the stand at the Geneva show at 4am the same day it was revealed because technicians weren’t sure if it was ready yet - still, they made it to the most important motor show in the world. The new Alfa 4C GTA could be the only indication that Alfa is back to its sports prowess in the modern era and the brand has it got its vitality back. If it proves good, it will make a lot of sense to debut it first in the US. Hopefully followed by good product, all the same.
The Alfa 4C GTA will mean a lot to Italians. It will prove that their beloved brand isn’t just limping along trying to compete with decent models, but ones without any real Alfa spirit. It will show that Alfa can still produce a quality, two-seater sports car, whether you like the design or not, at the cutting edge of sports technology. And it will bring back the Alfa brand to the difficult US market to indicate that the Italians still know how to make fine cars. While we won’t hold our breath, it all makes sense so we’ll be waiting to hear more on this in the future.
Source | Autoblog.it
It didn’t take long for the Alfa Romeo 4C Concept we saw live at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show to become a 4C Spider rendering. While the coupé model’s production hasn’t really been officially announced, more than one Alfa fan has been caught dreaming of late of where they’d like to see the brand going. And this spider version of the 4C would not be unwelcome.
The Alfa Romeo 4C concept could become a production model by next year. On showing the concept at Geneva, Alfa did confirm that the model was so far advanced as to be turned into a production number within 12 months. Our statistics on Eurocarblog showed us just how much interest there is the 4C and while the spider version is probably very premature, it doesn’t hurt to play around with Photoshop.
The Alfa 4C Spider imagined in these pics would run off the same drivetrain as what we’re likely to see on the production coupe: a 1750 direct-injected engine with more than 200 hp and TCT dual dry clutch. Everything seems ready for the series model but with the Alfa-Volkswagen affair continuing, we’re still preparing for possible upsets.
Source | GMotors
The Alfa Romeo 4C Concept has appeared on the company’s website, and it’s probably to gauge just how much interest there is in an Alfa 4C production version. The 4C website pages show the car from all angles and describes the design process and purpose of this new Alfa sports car.
Apart from the general marketing speak, the Alfa Romeo 4C Concept was designed on a rear-wheel drive coupé formula, using inspiration from the 8C Competizione and Spider models. The model is equipped with the four-cylinder 1750 engine with more than 200 hp, and has Alfa’s new TCT dual dry clutch.
No further news about eventual production of the Alfa Romeo 4C Concept is available, but we’re thinking that this is the model the brand has been waiting for. To revive tradition and bring back the Alfa brand, the company really needs a viable sports car in the mix. And if it does things right, the 4C could provide just that. If this doesn’t make it to production, we get the sinking feeling that the Alfa brand might finally lose all relevance. After all, does Europe really need another hatchback?
Source | Autoblog.it
After seeing the gorgeous Alfa Romeo 4C Concept in live pics from the Geneva Motor Show, here it is in its official guise and with all its details. In the hopes of production, the Alfa 4C looks like it could replace any plans for the MiTo GTA in the future of Alfa Romeo expansion. According to some rumours, the 4C could be produced in a total of about 15-20,000 units starting from 2012, across about five years. No official indication has been given as to the Alfa 4C price, but as we mentioned yesterday, we’re expecting an excessible price that could even be somewhere in the realm of 50,000 euros.
The Alfa 4C Concept is a two-seater coupé model with rear-wheel drive and centrally mounted engine. It uses a carbon fibre and the rear chassis and “crash box” is made from aluminium. The weigh-power ratio is 4 kg/hp and weight distribution is 40:60. Alfa hasn’t released all the details of this model, but we do know it should have the 1750 turbo petrol engine with 200 hp and a sprint time to 100 km/hr of less than five seconds.
The Alfa Romeo 4C Concept has been unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show and the big news is that the Alfa 4C could see production by 2012. According to Harald Wester the model is already in development and an ambitious market launch date by end 2012 is being aimed at.
The Alfa Romeo 4C Concept you see live in these pics from Geneva isn’t just a showroom dream, and Wester has said: “This is the Alfa we want for the future.” Could it finally give Alfa fans what they’ve been waiting for in a modern sporty Alfa model that will put the brand back in its rightful place as one of Italy’s great traditional sports car manufacturers? It’s just one model but there are many fingers crossed that it will be the revolution long awaited.
The new Alfa Romeo 4C Concept is a rear-wheel drive, two-seater coupé with a centrally positioned engine. It measures about four metres long and has a wheelbase just short of 2.4 metres. It has been designed to be compact and agile and many elements have been borrowed from the Alfa 8C Competizione. There is copious use of carbon fibre and aluminium and production 4C model should get Alfa’s 1750 turbo, direct-injection engine. It will also have TCT dual clutch transmission and Alfa DNA.