Che bella! Two years after its debut as a concept, the Alfa Romeo 4C is set to attend next month’s Geneva motor show, this time in a production form that’s just as sexy as the concept. To be built at the Maserati plant in Modena, the 4C will spearhead Alfa’s US comeback when it goes on sale there later this year.
Length, width and height are respectively under 4.0 metres, 2.0 metres and 1.18 metres, while the wheelbase measures less than 2.4 metres. A new all-aluminium turbocharged 1.8 litre four-pot engine is mated to a twin-dry clutch TCT ‘box with shift paddles and a sequential mode. The mill features direct injection, dual CVVT and a scavenging control system that eliminates turbo lag.
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Alfa is keeping output numbers to itself for now, but it does claim a weight-to-power ratio of less than 4 kg per hp. Autocar UK speculates 237 hp; if this is so, then that would mean a kerb weight of just under a tonne (the concept weighed 850 kg). The British publication also indicates a century sprint time of approximately 4.5 seconds and a limited top speed of 250 km/h.
The mid-engined two-seater’s chassis is all carbon fibre, while the interior’s central cell is also made of the lightweight material. There’s a new Alfa DNA selector which sees a Race mode joining the familiar Dynamic, Natural and All Weather modes. According to Autocar, next year will see the introduction of a track version, followed by a road-going 266 hp Stradale version and then a convertible.
More details when the wraps peel away proper, but first, you might want to wipe that drool off your chin.