2014 Alfa Romeo 4C First Drive

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2014 Alfa Romeo 4C Drive


Sep 27, 2013

Cavaglia, — Alfa Romeo’s off-again plan to return to the market might be the longest drama in the automobile business, but spring the story will will reach its climactic with the arrival of the company’s two-seat sports car, the Alfa Romeo 4C.

Low and Lovely

The behind the 2014 Alfa 4C has been affordable supercar, and it looks the part. Designed at Alfa, the 4C exterior was shaped by the Allessandro Maccolini. This is a work of retro-style design, but it echo the 1967-69 Alfa 33 Stradale.

Meanwhile, references to the current models are few beyond the grille, round taillights, and design.

The 4C’s shapely is draped over a wheelbase measures only 93.7 and the car casts a shadow more a foot shorter overall a Porsche Cayman. With a of a sizable 78.7 inches and a of a scant 46.5inches, the Alfa 4C has dramatic proportions that the street presence of a true Follow it on the road or see it in your and the Alfa Romeo 4C looks as as any super sports car — less huge.

Weight Watcher

Light has been a key objective in the design of the Romeo 4C, and the car’s compact help minimize the bottom Another key element is the mix of materials. like a high-end exotic, the 4C with a carbon-fiber tub, weighs only 143 pounds. To it are aluminum structures that the front and rear suspension the roof.

Most body are sheet molding compound and the glass is extra thin.

The ultra-light weight might be its engineering achievement, although the figure is dubious. Alfa a dry weight of 895 kg (1973 pounds), but number fails to include essentials as engine oil and gasoline. also that the U.S. will be heavier by about 110 owing to additional standard such as climate control, and knee air bags, and a manually (rather than fixed) seat.

Let’s call it pounds at the curb in the U.S.

Cabin

The exotic materials are in evidence within the cabin, much of the carbon-fiber tub is exposed and the dead pedal and passenger’s are unadorned aluminum. One slips over the wide doorsill in an reminiscent of a Lotus Exige. The definitely has the feel of a mid-engine with a far-forward seating a wraparound windshield, and an ultra-short framed by swollen fenders.

The seat structures are carbon with upholstery in cloth, or a combination thereof. Large bolsters hold you in place but the are less confining and more than they look. the seats lies a low, console that locates a behind your elbow and a fat-handled parking brake you (no electronic parking brake

Next you’ll find the for the windows and the outside mirrors, and Alfa’s DNA (driving mode) knob accompanied by buttons to the transmission electronically select automatic or manual gear neutral, and first. There’s no in the center and none on the sculpted panels, either.

A small pouch between the seatbacks pretty much all the stowage; to stash your chattels in the trunk (there’s no front which is about the size of a roll-aboard bag. The center houses a trio of simple for HVAC, a series of toggle and a multifunction radio — the being too small to integrate a system. Matte-black plastic much of the interior, but it manages to purposeful rather than

Through the small, fat-rimmed, steering wheel, the driver an electronic TFT screen that the instrument cluster. The digital and gear indicator are ringed by a readout that turns as you approach the redline at 6500 Outside the ring are bar-graph for temperature and fuel level. The looks busy, but one quickly to find the relevant information. The is adjustable for reach and rake, and the slides fore and aft with a backrest recline.

Though we six-feet ourselves, we had no trouble comfortable in this compact and there was a couple inches of to spare.

Mid-Mounted Motivator

You up the 4C with an old-school twist of the key (no gimmicky starter button), and the turbocharged engine behind the rectangle of glass over shoulder comes to life. 1.7-liter four-cylinder unit is from the one found in the Alfa Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde. the Giulietta engine has an iron the 4C version switches to aluminum, 49 pounds; the 4C engine also new fuel injectors, redesigned ports, and an electronic thermostat.

Output of the Alfa 4C’s climbs to 240 hp at 6000 rpm and 258 lb-ft of at 2100 — 4000

We’ll grant you that 240 hp and 258 of torque are hardly supercar But in a car that weighs a bit more 2000 pounds, 240 horesepower to be plenty. According to testing at the Alfa Romeo 4C will get to 100 (62 mph) in 4.5 seconds on the way to a top speed of 160

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Just as important, the 4C’s feels strong as that of a Cayman S, which posts numbers.

The good times, are heavily dependent on the speed at the turbocharger is spinning. The boost on smoothly, although you’re aware of the turbocharger’s whoosh and not to mention a fruity exhaust not unlike that of the Fiat 500 There are other noises as like the clicking of the direct

A zingy, high-revving naturally engine might have more fun and more in keeping Alfa Romeo’s heritage, but it deliver the performance of this unit.

Paddles Prevail

like the engine, the verdict on the automated transmission is respect, not Would a traditional stick have been cool? it would. Will Alfa 4C one? No, it won’t.

The brand’s overseers argue a majority of customers prefer paddles and no clutch pedal, and the that most supercars are equipped settles the argument.

So, how does the transmission work? The answer is, very well That’s surprising because six-speed unit with engagement has won few friends in the Dodge which itself is based on the Romeo Giulietta.

New software magic here, and we found to be super quick during our on the track at Balocco.

Once on the we left the mode selector in and the box could be left to its own devices to the right gear, even driving hard through Just as important, we didn’t any jerkiness in acceleration away a stop during low-speed The transmission also incorporates control; just hold the floor the throttle, hit the left paddle, release the brake, and off really fast.

Electric or That’s Not the Question

If traditionalists a round with the gearbox, won one with the steering. Forget versus hydraulic power — the 4C has no power steering. is the kind of thing you can do when car weighs not much more 2000 pounds and 60 percent of weight rests on the rear

Even with no assist, the 4C is not overly heavy in parking It is, however, plenty busy at ahead; there’s no filter as it to every change in the road But we love how the effort level up naturally; there’s no sudden in effort or quickness, like you get in so busybody power-assist systems.

the steering ratio is quick that it’s only in corners (or parking) that you to move your hands on the

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