The global launch of the Alfa Romeo 4C marks the return of the brand to the world of lightweight sports coupés, awaited ever more eagerly by the host of fans throughout the world. The acronym ‘4C’ draws its inspiration from the brand’s glorious past, projecting the values of technology and emotions into the future. Indeed, it refers to Alfa Romeo’s great sporting tradition: the acronyms 8C and 6C in the 1930s and 1940s distinguished cars – racing and non – fitted with the powerful ‘eight cylinders’ and the innovative ‘six cylinders’.
Alfa Romeo 4C
The development of the Alfa Romeo 4C’s exterior was characterised from the start by the need to enhance the style of the car and the technical characteristics both from a dynamic and aerodynamic point of view. The rear volume simultaneously encloses and embraces the beating heart of the car, the mechanics and the engine, visible through the rear window. The rear wing encloses the circular light clusters and the side air intakes, which channel air to cool the intercooler and for the engine aspiration. From the rear design, springs two long panels that provide the necessary volume at the front end to house the headlights and, on the central part, the two robust ribs running along the bonnet, tracing the unmistakable “V” and coming to their natural conclusion around the Alfa Romeo logo.
View from the top
The engine is the beating “heart” of an Alfa Romeo. In this case, it’s the new direct-injection 240hp 4-cylinder 1750 Turbo Petrol. Torque delivery is generous, with a peak of 350 Nm, while top speed is pegged at 250 km/h, while 0 to 100km/h takes only 4.5 seconds. The 1750 Turbo Petrol heart is teamed with the Alfa TCT twin dry clutch transmission. The gears can be changed in sequential mode using the “shift paddles” located behind the steering wheel.
The dashboard is simple and designed to make using functions simple. The extreme driver-oriented dashboard features digital instruments and gear shift controls located on the appropriately behind the shaped steering wheel.
The seats ensure dedicated sports posture, favouring the driver’s contact with the road without, however, compromising the comfort required for everyday use of the car. The cockpit brings together all information necessary to drive and control the car. The information, which is rendered captivating through powerful, high-impact graphics, allows the driver to keep everything under control. The pedal unit and footrests for driver and passenger are all made of aluminium, highlighting sports character down to the smallest detail.
Striking rear design
Despite some iconic roadsters and a sporty saloon, Alfas have been reliable and though not cheap to buy in the first place. The Italian automaker, owned by Fiat, is now ready to try its luck in rebranding its reputation with the 2014 Alfa Romeo 4C. Prices in Africa start at Kshs 8 million (excluding taxes).