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UPDATE: 18.00, 18 September 2013

you know how you feel about a car about, oh, five minutes. it the fizzy nethers or simple gut But after 24 hours, 500 miles, and of the world’s best mountain at the wheel of the Alfa Romeo 4C, we can’t make the definitive Why?

Because Alfa’s new is a car that manages to be both seductive and irritatingly inconsistent, on the same stretch of road.

start with the positives, of there are many. This is a stunning bit of design. Yes, head lights apparently at the behest of Fiat group CEO Marchionne, saving a rumoured undermine the 4C’s junior look, but the launch edition’s surround off-sets any visual

There are no bad angles on this and several bracingly good head on it looks lower and than the pictures suggest, the rear three-quarters showcase a Italian interplay of curves and sculpted elements. A chap Alessandro Maccolini designed the 4C, a worth keeping an eye on.

Alfa is to be congratulated for daring to downsize; and light, the 4C posits a way forward for cars that adds muscle to the Lotus Elise’s philosophy. Central to this is the at the heart of the 4C, specifically its pre-preg fibre monocoque. ‘We to make up to 3500 cars per Alfa Romeo’s boss Vignon told a few ago during a visit to the production in Modena, ‘which will us the biggest manufacturer of a carbon car.’ With the UK price now at £45,000, the 4C’s carbon is a major USP, and a great pub to back up the Alfa’s 21st Ferrari Dino looks and 33 Stradale references. It’s a small McLaren 12C

In actual fact, the tub only for 10 per cent of the car’s structure mainly a steel and aluminium mix but on the the 4C feels amazingly rigid. a dry weight of just 895kg a slightly misleading figure, without any fluids on-board, but nonetheless), the 4C’s power-to-weight of 268bhp-per-tonne emphasises Alfa’s that this is a ‘politically super sports car’, a that’s backed up by CO2 emissions of 159g/km and a combined fuel average of 41.5mpg. (Compare to the base Porsche Cayman, the car the 4C inevitably do battle with, chucks out 192g/km and averages

It’s also properly It’ll do 160mph all out, and in 4.5 seconds. Its unassisted steering is its Brembo brakes are fabulous, and it has a amount of grip.

Turn-in on relatively skinny 205-section (235 on the rear) is also Snap the throttle shut on a high-speed corner and the 4C’s configuration means that oversteer readily, but you need of space to try that sort of On the endless up- and downhill hairpins of the valley, where we spent of our time, it’s mostly balanced and engagingly neutral, some understeer to warn the and generally rides well,

Drive it like you have of ham for hands and clods of mud on your and you might get into bother, but the 4C and rewards a more intelligent

Now for the negatives. Sadly, the 4C’s falls short of its chassis. Not so, but enough to drive you a bit nuts. On we love the idea of a 1.75-litre, four-cylinder, and it fits perfectly the 4C’s PC remit.

Its 240bhp output and 258lb ft of torques sound more than especially in such a lightweight The engine has direct injection, scavenge tech, and variable timing on intake and exhaust. The is a dual-clutch flappy paddle set up Alfa claims, has faster times in specific increments even the Ferrari 458 Italia can

The reality is different. Granted, we a lot of time at high altitude, but the still feels strangely and simply doesn’t generate the of grunt the figures suggest. At sea the 4C is fine when you keep it in the between 2000-5000rpm but it’s not you’d call effortless. The runs 1.5bar of boost and the 4C to such an extent that, on your point of view, it detrimental to the overall driving Throttle response is also soggy; the 4C looks like a car respond to pedal blips superbike-style intensity, but instead like there’s a heavy

The revs decay lazily, Blame the anaesthetising effect of the the EU6 compliance, and the need to peg back

The launch edition features the sports exhaust as standard, and it sounds fabulous from the like an old Alfa racing inside it’s rather and a touch droney, especially at motorway speeds. And when not doing that, the dump is chumpfing and chirruping like an tuned mid-’90s hot hatch. On it even manages to summon a worryingly reminiscent of the Morris flatulent over-run parp.

not a classically sonorous Alfa, for sure.

The ’box is even distracting. Quite simply, you to drive round it to wring the out of the car rather than working it. Italian engineers have a of justifying an overly jerky on emotional grounds, but the 4C’s initially made me angry inducing melancholy at the bungling of golden opportunity.

You could argue that the is a bit soulless in comparison, but then you into simplistic stereotyping. The is, it’s a car powered by a glorious engine, harnessed to a mighty PDK transmission, both of which seamlessly to allow the driver to in an equally remarkable chassis. The erects too many barriers.

The is also unimpeachable when it to the detail stuff. For example, look in vain for exposed heads or any loose wiring in the cabin, but won’t have any finding unacceptable quality in the Alfa Romeo. The 4C’s position is fine, and its configurable TFT screen is clever.

The passenger is fixed, eliminating the need for a runner and thus saving but it’s also less as a result. The interior plastics at best, a mixed bag, if the material covering the dash and is the result of highly efficient processes. There’s still of cost-cutting inside, yet this is a cheap car.

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We sooooo to love the Alfa Romeo 4C. And up to a we do. It will be bought and enjoyed by who get huge pleasure from looking at it, which is fine by us. Nor is it all and no trousers, because it backs up its with some great

It also goes like and handles beautifully. It has a philosophical too, which we approve of. But same thinking means the 4C has to some compromises, mainly in the department. We’d happily some of the weight saving and CO2 for a normally aspirated V6 Alfa’s at those and an old school manual Alfa Romeo could it the 6C, and we reckon that really get the nether regions fizzing.

do you think?

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: 12.00, 17 September 2013

The Romeo 4C certainly ticks a few of the key As I write this,’s car is parping and popping lustily up and a sinuous road in the glorious valley. This is where of The Italian Job was shot, and the 4C is a very job indeed.

So, it looks fantastic, a two-thirds scale version of Romeo’s 8C Competizione, a car in which the world’s geekiest specimen of could — to paraphrase Punk — get lucky. is blood red, and its body fall blithely across the chassis — carbon remember — like a of haute couture on a lissom See, it’s technically to write about a new Italian car without talking about

Or at least romance.

It also follows, therefore, there are aspects of this car are teeth-grindingly frustrating. We’ll get to you later with fuller but so far this is what we’re great chassis and steering, ride, great performance. properly quick.

But its flappy gearbox is a pain in the bum, the 1.75-litre engine is too laggy the boost kicks in with a whooompfhh, and you have to stand on the to really get it moving.

So far, so Romeo. There is obvious to go with the equally abundant

We’ll be back later to you which wins out

Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Electric Cars
Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Electric Cars
Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Electric Cars
Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Electric Cars
Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Electric Cars
Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Electric Cars
Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Electric Cars


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