2014 Alfa Romeo 4C Release and Price

Alfa has pared the supercar formula for the new 4C, a stubby, midengine coupe built around a carbon-fiber tub, with aluminum used for roof structures and crash supports. All-aluminum engine construction keeps weight down; Alfa claims the 4C will weigh in around a Lotus-like 2,000 pounds. A turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine makes 240 hp and 258 pound-feet of torque with the aid of direct injection. The turbo four – visible through a glass panel, Ferrari-style — will pair with a six-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission with paddle shifters on the steering wheel.

A light body over front double wishbones and a rear strut suspension promises exceptional handling, and the 4C offers two staggered tire packages: either 17-inch tires up front with 18s in back, or 18s in front and 19s in back. A Brembo brake package will also be available, in addition to a race package with more aggressive tires and suspension settings.

We expect to see the U.S.-spec model in November, with a starting price of at least $70,000. Alfa plans to make just 3,500 total units, with 1,200 due in North America by the end of the year. The first 1,000 models produced will be known as the Launch Edition and feature LED headlights, a sport exhaust and special paint. And if you can’t lay your hands on the 4C, don’t fret. Alfa’s long-term plans include an ostensibly more affordable roadster built off the next Mazda Miata platform.

The 1.7-liter four-cylinder turbo that will power the 4C comes from the Fiat Group’s corporate parts bin; it will be coupled to a six-speed dual-clutch automatic. The engine’s power output still is a mystery, excepting the rather vague claim that it will have more than 200 hp. We expect the actual figure to be well north of 250. That power will be routed exclusively to the rear wheels. We do know that the 4C’s top speed will be around 155 mph, while the sprint from 0 to 60 mph is said to take less than five seconds.

A light body over front double wishbones and a rear strut suspension promises exceptional handling, and the 4C offers two staggered tire packages: either 17-inch tires up front with 18s in back, or 18s in front and 19s in back. A Brembo brake package will also be available, in addition to a race package with more aggressive tires and suspension settings.

For the interior, Alfa Romeo used lots of carbon fiber for the central cell, which has been left in full view to enhance the sense of uniqueness, of technology and light weight.

Newly released images show us that the 4C’s interior is pretty basic, which is a bit of a buzz kill. We see that it will carry thin racing seats to help keep weight as low as possible. For the most part, the interior is one massive sea of black, sans few splashes of red and aluminum here and there.

Although Alfa has yet to confirm this, an earlier report claims that the 4C will be launched as a limited edition model. Speaking with website Carscoop, a Swiss Alfa dealer said that the company is planning on building just 1,000 examples of the 4C coupe and 1,000 of the 4C roadster. The car will be offered in a number of countries around the world, including several European nations and Japan. Precisely how many cars will be sent to each market is not currently known.

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