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Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe US

Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe US


Engineered like a supercar, the impressively lightweight Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe is sure to stir pure envy. The single carbon fiber monocoque chassis and aluminum subframes feature a power to weight ratio that maximizes dynamic efficiency. With such a seductive mix of progressive technology and pure power, the 4C Coupe will get your blood pumping.


Building an Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe is an art honed to perfection. Assembled at the Maserati workshop in the heart of Italy, each vehicle requires six full weeks to complete. Like true artisans, the highly-skilled technicians follow every phase of the intricate process and carefully test each component to ensure perfect harmony and top performance.


The seductive styling of the Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe will turn heads and stop hearts. Inspired by the 1967 Tipo 33 Stradale, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful cars ever created, the symmetry of this Italian-designed sports car is undeniable. Its sinuous lines and voluptuous curves spark pure desire.

The pure power of the Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe is built upon a solid foundation of high-strength, lightweight carbon fiber. It’s designed for the road yet ready for the track, with an extensive use of ultralight materials and enhanced functionalities that make it fast, agile and highly responsive.



Feel the pure power of the Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe on the road and by its roar. Fitted with the available Akrapovič dual-mode titanium exhaust system featuring asymmetrical mufflers and two center-mounted tailpipes surrounded by a carbon fiber bezel, the 4C Coupe sounds as good as it looks.



Don’t miss a single beat. With the available Alpine® Premium Audio System featuring two tweeters, two midwoofers, an amplifier and a subwoofer, your high-fidelity experience is always backed by crystal clear sound.

Designed to leverage the pioneering innovation of a true Alfa Romeo, the 4C Coupe delivers unwavering functionality and the unmistakable attitude of an Italian supercar. Built to please, the 4C Coupe is a perfect mix of dynamic performance and avant-garde technology.

Technical Specs


Race with Launch Control


Brembo 4 piston front, TRW rear


Electronic Stability Control 7 with All-Speed Traction Control and Hill Start Assist

17-Inch Front, 18-Inch Rear Bright Aluminum Wheels

205/45ZR17 88Y XL Front, 235/40ZR18 95Y XL Rear Pirelli® P Zero® AR Racing Three-Season Tires

Halogen Projector Headlamps

LED-Illuminated Daytime Running Lamps and Taillamps

Body-Color Mirror Covers

Dual Exhaust with Chrome Tips

Pedals with Laser Etching, Including Dead Pedal and Passenger Footrest with 4C Logo

High-Performance Lightweight Cloth Bucket Seats

Five Airbags 26

Black Leather-Wrapped Performance Flat-Bottom Steering Wheel

Black Door Trim Panels with Leather-Wrapped Handle

Rear Console Leather Lockable Bag

Black Cluster Bezel

Seven-Inch Full-Color TFT Display

12-Volt Power Outlet and Media Hub with USB and Audio Input

Alpine AM/FM/CD/MP3 Radio with Bluetooth phone, Bluetooth streaming, USB port and iPod interface 27

Remote Keyless Entry with Engine Immobilizer


Exterior Color Choices:
— Alfa Rosso
— Rosso Competizione Tri-Coat
— Madreperla White Tri-Coat
— Black
— Basalt Gray
— White
— Giallo Prototipo (Yellow)

Available Wheel Options:
— 17-Inch Front, 18-Inch Rear Bright Aluminum Wheels – Standard
— 17-Inch Front, 18-Inch Rear Matte Black Diamond Finish Aluminum Wheels
— 18-Inch Front, 19-Inch Rear Bright Five-Hole Aluminum Wheels
— 18-Inch Front, 19-Inch Rear Dark Five-Hole Aluminum Wheels
— 18-Inch Front, 19-Inch Rear Bright Fan-Spoke Aluminum Wheels
— 18-Inch Front, 19-Inch Rear Dark Fan-Spoke Aluminum Wheels

— 205/45 R17 235/40 R18 Three-Season Tires – Standard
— 205/40ZR18 86Y, 235/35ZR19 91Y Pirelli® P Zero® AR Racing Three-Season Tires (Available with Coupe Track Package 1 or Coupe Track Package 2)
— 205/40 R18 235/35 R19 Three-Season Tires – Available

Brake Calipers:
— Silver (Standard)
— Red
— Black
— Yellow

Bi-Xenon Projector Headlamps

Satin Exterior Mirrors

Rear Body Color Spoiler

Carbon Fiber Roof

Front Fascia with Carbon Fiber Side Vents

Alpine® Premium Audio System with Subwoofer

Interior Seat Choices:
— Black Fabric Seats with Red Accent Stitching – Standard
— Black Leather-Trimmed Seats with Red Accent Stitching
— Red Leather-Trimmed Seats with Black Stitching
— Racing Microfiber and Leather-Trimmed Seats with Red Accent Stitching
— Tobacco Leather-Trimmed Seats with Brown Stitching
— Black Leather-Trimmed Seats with Yellow Accent Stitching
— Racing Microfiber and Leather-Trimmed Seats with Yellow Accent Stitching

Akrapovič Dual-Mode Titanium Exhaust System

Convenience Group Package:
— Cruise Control
— ParkSense® Rear Park Assist 58
— Vehicle Security Alarm 59

Coupe Track Package 1:
— Race-Tuned Suspension
— Carbon Fiber Exterior Mirrors
— Carbon Fiber Rear Spoiler
— Performance Flat-Bottom Steering Wheel Wrapped with Black Leather and Microfiber with Red Accent Stitching

Coupe Track Package 2:
— Race-Tuned Suspension
— Carbon Fiber Exterior Mirrors
— Carbon Fiber Rear Spoiler

Leather-Trimmed Interior Package:
— Leather-Wrapped Instrument
— Leather-Wrapped Door Panel

Carbon Fiber Trimmed Interior Package:
— Carbon Fiber Instrument Panel Bezel
— Carbon Fiber Shift Bezel
— Carbon Fiber Cluster Bezel
— Carbon Fiber Air Vents

Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe [US] ( 2015 )

Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe [US]

Alfa Romeo is taking the supercar segment by storm — offering the all-new 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C coupe at a fraction of the price of other exotic supercars, thanks to groundbreaking Italian design and a unique set of technological solutions that are authentic and fully respect the brand’s DNA and motorsport tradition.

«The all-new 4C marks the return of ‘the great Alfa Romeos` and represents the purest formation of the brand’s DNA with its supercar-levels of performance and innovation, all while focusing on making the driver an integral part and completion of the machine,» said Harald Wester, CEO of Alfa Romeo. «With its technological solutions derived directly from Formula 1, the Alfa Romeo 4C creates an infusion of body and machine, an extension of its driver’s soul that is ready, capable and willing to respond and deliver.»

The Alfa Romeo brand’s return to the US in the summer of 2014 will start with the uniquely appointed and individually serialized (1 — 500) Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition with a MSRP of $68,400; followed by the standard 4C coupe arriving in the fall with a MSRP of $53,900 (both exclude $1,295 destination). An initial group of 86 Alfa Romeo dealers will be the first to sell the limited-edition 4C Launch Edition coupe and proceeding 4C coupe.

Designed to be innovative and revolutionary

The all-new 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C highlights the brand’s DNA that separates it from all the other marques:

  • Most advanced and innovative engines
  • A nearly perfect 50-50 weight balance
  • A unique set of technical solutions
  • Class exclusive power-to-weight ratios
  • Groundbreaking design, functional and distinctly Italian

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe [US]

Acronym 4C

The Alfa Romeo 4C is inspired by the century-old tradition of Alfa Romeo and projects the brand’s authentic values into the future: Italian style, performance and engineering excellence, offering maximum driving satisfaction in total safety. The «4C» name recalls Alfa Romeo’s great sporting tradition: the acronyms 8C and 6C in the 1930s and 1940s distinguished racing and road cars fitted with powerful eight and six cylinder engines. The 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C model’s designation continues this tradition with the latest all-aluminum 1750 cc turbocharged direct injection four-cylinder engine.

A tradition of essential beauty and function

The inspiration for the all-new 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C dates back to the 1967 33 Stradale, the homologated version of the racing Type 33, which is considered one of the most beautiful cars of all time. Like the 33 Stradale that combined extreme mechanical and functional requirements with undeniable Alfa Romeo style and performance — the 4C coupe shares its body forms and follows this performance tradition with an undoubtedly Italian-styled composite body «clothing,» a state-of-the-art carbon fiber and aluminum structure, and a high-performance turbocharged engine.

With a purpose-built cockpit inspired by the legendary 1967 33 Stradale, entering the interior of the all-new Alfa Romeo 4C means entering a world derived from motorsport — only essential components for performance are integrated. Two composite-framed sport seats, thermoformed dashboard and exposed carbon fiber monocoque highlight the coupe’s technological uniqueness. Furthermore, a driver-oriented cockpit with flat-bottom performance steering wheel with paddle-shift controls and aluminum pedals speak to the brand’s racing spirit. Emphasizing the Alfa Romeo 4C’s advanced technology and focus on lightweight technical solutions is a 7-inch full-color thin-film transistor (TFT) instrument cluster that displays simple, high-impact graphics to keep the driver focused on the road, or track ahead.

Ultra-lightweight: carbon fiber, aluminum and composites structures

To create the ultra-lightweight architecture needed for maximum performance and dynamic efficiency, Alfa Romeo 4C engineers looked to Formula 1 and only the most advanced supercars for state-of-the-art materials. The result is a monocoque made entirely of carbon fiber that delivers extraordinary stiffness and strength. Attached to the Alfa Romeo 4C’s exotic monocoque are front and rear cell structures, roof reinforcements and an engine-mounting frame made from lightweight aluminum.

Alfa Romeo engineers continued the use of state-of-the-art materials by creating the bodywork entirely of SMC (Sheet Molding Compound), a low-density, high-strength composite material that is 20 percent lighter and dimensionally more rigid than steel. Providing the ability to create complex shapes while saving weight by 20 percent compared to steel are PUR-RIM (injected polyurethane) fascias and rear spoiler. Engineers even optimized the Alfa Romeo 4C’s windshield and side windows by using 10 percent thinner glass to reduce weight by up to 15 percent.

Finally, two sport seats feature a carbon fiber and fiberglass reinforced-composite structure to deliver the strength and seating position needed for performance driving.

Supercar performance, compact size

Thanks to Alfa Romeo 4C’s advanced technological solutions and compact size, the coupe demonstrates its precision, agility and performance credentials with:

  • The 4C exudes proportions of exotic supercars, dimensions include:
    • Overall length: 157.5 inches (400 cm)
    • Overall width: 73.5 inches (186 cm)
    • Overall height: 46.6 inches (118 cm)
  • Top speed: 160 mph (257 km/h)
  • 0-to-60 mph: mid-4 second range
  • Coefficient of drag (Cd): 0.335
  • Lateral acceleration: >1.1 g
  • Maximum braking deceleration: > 1.25g
  • Dry weight: 2,315 lbs. (1,050 kg)
  • EPA curb weight: 2,465 lbs. (1,118 kg)
  • EPA curb weight-to-power: 10.4 lbs./horsepower (4.7 kg/horsepower)

High-tech 1750 Turbo engine and Alfa TCT pair for exceptional performance and drivability

The engine is the beating heart of any Alfa Romeo, and for the 4C, it beats to an all-new 1750 cc direct-injection 237 horsepower all aluminum engine. To ensure exceptional performance and drivability on the racetrack or city streets, this new engine features cutting-edge technical solutions, including direct-injection, intercooler, dual (intake and exhaust) continuous variable-valve timing (VVT), a camshaft with eight counterweights, and intake and exhaust systems optimized for Alfa Romeo 4C’s mid-engine layout.

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A new generation turbocharger features a pulse-converter exhaust manifold to exploit pressure waves and boost torque at low-engine speeds. A waste gate valve adjusts turbo pressure and improves the engine’s efficiency. Advanced scavenging technology enables the Alfa Romeo 4C to maximize torque at low engine speeds and deliver more response to driver input by increasing combustion efficiency and turbine speed, all while eliminating turbo lag. As a result, torque delivery is instantaneous, with a peak of 258 ft.-lb. (350 Nm); 80 percent of which is available at only 1,700 rpm.

Teamed to the all-aluminum engine is a paddle-shifting Alfa TCT twin-clutch transmission, which has been specifically tuned for the all-new Alfa Romeo 4C. With its uniquely calibrated software that adjusts with the Alfa DNA selector system, the Alfa TCT’s gearshifts are designed to become most aggressive in the Dynamic and Race modes. The Alfa TCT system also integrates a «launch control» mode — delivering the utmost acceleration possible as soon as the driver releases the brake.

Innovative Alfa DNA selector

The all-new Alfa Romeo 4C features the brand’s innovative Alfa DNA selector with «Race» mode — enabling the driver to optimize the right level of performance through four modes. With a touch of the Alfa DNA selector, the character of the Alfa Romeo 4C can be changed to (in order of increasing capability):

  • All-weather — designed to ensure maximum control under adverse weather conditions and enables gentler accelerator input and special engine and brake control logic to match road speed and prevent skidding
  • Natural — enables grand touring comfort and smooth drivability for the Alfa TCT gearbox
  • Dynamic — enables improved driving performance via a more aggressive powertrain calibration and less intrusive electronic stability control (ESC) setting
  • Race — is the most extreme performance mode, putting the driver in total control of the car under race conditions. ESC and anti-slip regulation (ASR) are deactivated to allow the driver to control traction through the accelerator pedal. The Alfa Romeo Electronic Q2 differential control system remains active for fast exits out of corners or bends.
    • In Race mode, launch control can be activated, allowing the Alfa Romeo 4C to deliver supercar-level 0-to-60 mph acceleration blasts in the mid-4 second range

For driving convenience in Dynamic, Natural or All-weather modes, the Alfa Romeo TCT gearbox can utilize an «auto» mode.

4C combines the best technical and manufacturing competencies of Alfa Romeo and Maserati

The very best technical and industrial expertise of the Alfa Romeo and Maserati brands were used to develop the all-new Alfa Romeo 4C. Teamwork between the two brands included the integration of the Alfa Romeo Style Center design with the well-known craftsmanship of the Maserati brand’s Modena production plant. In addition, the Alfa Romeo 4C was boosted by the technological contributions of Italian suppliers, who are international leaders in manufacturing high-performance components.

This is a distinguishing trait of Alfa Romeo, a brand with a century of history that continues to be one of the most famous and popular ambassadors of Italian products around the world.

Limited to 500 serialized units: 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition

For «Alfisti» in North America, a special 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition will be made available midyear. These first 500 Alfa Romeo 4C coupes will be serialized and include the following appointments:

  • Rosso Alfa, Rosso Competizione or Madreperla White exterior paint
  • Bi-xenon headlamps with LED illuminated daytime running lights
  • Front fascia with side air intakes
  • Carbon fiber rear spoiler and mirror caps
  • Race suspension tuning with front- and rear-sway bars and shock absorbers
  • Racing exhaust
  • Staggered 18-inch (front) and 19-inch (rear) forged wheels painted in Matte Black
  • Red lacquered brake calipers
  • Sport seats with black microfiber
  • Leather wrapped instrument panel and door panels
  • Red or White interior accent stitching on the instrument panel steering wheel, floor mats and door handles
  • Interior Carbon Fiber Trim Plates
    • Cluster Bezel
    • Gear Shift Bezel
    • Passenger Side Trim Plate
  • Serialized «Launch Edition» plaque


Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe Dropped Only In US, 4C Spider Lives On With Additional Equipment (Updated)

Update: Alfa Romeo communication manager Berj Alexanian told Carscoops that the 4C Coupe will continue to be offered international markets and will remain on sale in the United States while supplies last.

Alexanian also noted that the 2019 4C Spider – which runs from 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds – will be offered with additional standard equipment including a “rear back-up camera, rear park sensors, cruise control and simplified packaging, along with extensive customization options.”

  • Original story

The Alfa Romeo 4C was designed to put the brand back on the map but the car has been largely overlooked as buyers continue to flock to the Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman.

While there have been conflicting reports about the car’s future, Motor Authority recently talked to Alfa Romeo 4C product manager Danny Britt who confirmed the coupe variant will be discontinued after the 2018 model year. It remains unclear if this only applies to the United States market but the 4C Spider will live on.

The decision to drop the coupe will have a significant impact on pricing as the publication says the 2019 4C Spider will start at $66,900. That’s $11,000 more than the 2018 4C Coupe which starts at $55,900.

Besides costing a $1,000 more than last year’s Spider, the 2019 model will come with additional standard equipment including a rearview camera. However, the optional Track Package will be dropped and be replaced by the same components which will be offered individually as options.

It remains unclear why Alfa Romeo decided to drop the Coupe and focus on the Spider, but it’s possible the latter model is more popular with consumers. Regardless of the company’s reasoning, the 4C has been a slow seller even by affordable halo car standards.

Carsalesbase data shows the company only sold 406 units in the United States last year and has only moved 95 units through May of this year. Things are slightly better in Europe as Alfa Romeo sold 871 4Cs on the continent in 2017.

While the 4C Coupe appears dead, Alfa Romeo has already announced plans to offer a new GTV and 8C by 2022. The latter model is slated to have a mid-mounted twin-turbo engine powering the rear wheels and an electric motor up front. This will enable the model to accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in less than three seconds and have a combined output in excess of 700 hp (522 kW / 710 PS).

Of course, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles typically over promises and under delivers so there’s no guarantee that either model will actually see the light of day.

Alfa Romeo 4C Spider says ‘Ciao, America!’

It was afternoon getting on evening at the Bernardus Lodge, a resort 10 miles inland from the northern California idyll of Carmel-by-the-Sea.

  • By Nick Czap

23 June 2015

A guitarist was plucking Somewhere Over the Rainbow, the notes lilting on a jasmine-charged breeze. A waiter arrived with a dish of pickled vegetables and a beverage. The drink was tall and I was grateful. It had been a long day, and there was a lot to reflect on, not least of which a certain dream that, thanks to a daring corporate calculation and the exertions of a small assembly line in Modena, Italy, was assuming the colour of reality.

Alfa Romeo is back in the United States after a protracted absence. The car marking this return, the 4C – a small mid-engine sports coupe hand-built around a carbon-fibre tub – began arriving in US dealerships in November 2014. This June, Alfa hosted a California coming-out party for a convertible version of the 4C, the Spider.

I exercised the 4C coupe last winter not far from here. Looking back, it’s difficult to say which was more striking: the 4C’s dynamics or the giddy reactions elicited from nearly everyone whose path the car crossed.

In terms of driving purity, the closest thing to a 4C may be another Alfa, the Giulietta SZ, an aluminium-bodied 1960s racer I drove in a rally last fall. Though the two cars were born half a century apart, the genetic link is unmistakable: the Spartan cockpit designed not to cosset, but to engage; the twin impressions of lightness and robustness; and the small high-output engine – unencumbered by the weight of creature comforts – whose accelerative force conveys eagerness rather than brute strength overcoming obesity. This, in marked contrast to the experience of pinning the accelerator on so many of today’s luxurious, high-horsepower behemoths, is one of the 4C’s greatest pleasures.

The 4C Spider drives, handles and otherwise feels just like the coupe, albeit with the additional degree of tanning and ventilation afforded by a removable roof, available in standard cloth or optional carbon fibre. Fabio Migliavacca, Alfa Romeo’s European senior product manager for the 4C and 4C Spider, deftly demonstrated the installation of the soft top at the roadside, which took on the order of 30 seconds.

Driving back up the coast to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, I spotted a lemon-yellow convertible darting around the curves far ahead. It was vintage, Italian and fast. Narrowing the gap required considerable effort, the yellow dot disappearing round the bends just before I could draw a bead. Ultimately, traffic got the better of it, and as it slowed to a crawl I made out the swooping Alfa Romeo script on the tail of a well-preserved mid-’70s Spider not unlike the Duetto immortalised by Dustin Hoffman in 1967’s The Graduate, whose design would remain more or less intact until Alfa’s exit from the US in 1994.

Many in the motoring press, and a far greater number of casual misanthropes, attribute Alfa Romeo’s departure to quality problems. I subscribe to a view posited by the late Pat Braden, a founding member of the Alfa Romeo Owners Club USA and author of three well-regarded books on the marque. Braden observed that Alfa Romeo sold 8,201 cars in the US in 1986, its best year ever, and that sales began to plummet in 1988, when the brand entered into what Braden described as an ill-conceived distribution agreement with Chrysler, whose dealers never adequately understood Alfa Romeo or its customer base.

In any case, the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles conglomerate of today seems highly attuned to the 4C’s prospective drivers. European consumers are laying down deposits for cars that may take more than a year for delivery. Though the US market is not quite as hot, it is far from tepid. Stateside 4Cs spend an average of just 17 days in the showroom before being snapped up at an average price of $72,000, whether by long-pining alfisti, total newcomers or perhaps analytical sorts titillated by the thought of purchasing a carbon-tubbed exotic at a fraction of the global going rate.

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Testing the Spider on track was an exciting prospect, though a daunting one after an orientation lap in a minivan, piloted at throat-parching speed by a Laguna Seca instructor. A few minutes on a couch, focusing on the notion that fear is merely an affirmation of life, I rallied.

On track, the Spider more than fulfills the promise hinted at on the road, Pirellis gripping the asphalt like nails. Its Brembo brake calipers and almost comically small rotors – the latter a fringe benefit of the 4C’s ultralight carbon-fibre construction – provide surprisingly massive stopping force. Digging into the throttle on the straights unspools a gleeful rush only accentuated by the sun, wind, and whoosh and whomp of a turbocharged engine with less displacement than a family-size bottle of soda pop.

The effect is electric – so much so that, as I approach what feels like 100mph (161km/h), the speedometer displays a mere 67. How curious: a supercar that feels super even at legal highway speeds. Then again, Alfa Romeo has always understood that the joy of driving derives not from any ordinary sort of velocity, but the kind that dreams are made of.

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Here’s the Alfa Romeo 4C Quadrifoglio that never was

Here’s the Alfa Romeo 4C Quadrifoglio that never was

The Alfa Romeo 4C is a pure-bred sports car, but an even purer version was explored. Its release in 2015 marked the return of the Italian brand to the U.S., but we have never seen a 4C Quadrifoglio join the lineup. However, Alfa Romeo did toy with the idea of one.

A new video from YouTuber Masterpilot Emiliano Perucca Orfei shows not one, but two peculiar-looking 4C models inside Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Heritage Hub. While taking in the more aggressive styling, the green four-leaf clover on the side of the cars signifies these both represent the Alfa Romeo 4C Quadrifoglio that never was. Or, so we’re left to think.

Alfa Romeo 4C Quadrifoglio prototype

Motor Authority spoke with Gianfranco G.M. Gentile, marketing and communications manager for FCA’s EMEA Heritage Team, who explained the two unique 4Cs.

«The 4C vehicles pictured inside the new FCA Heritage HUB are simply an exercise in style done by the Alfa Romeo design team at Centro Stile in Turin, Italy,» he told MA. The two cars were merely meant to showcase what was possible should Alfa Romeo build a more aggressive-looking version of the sexy coupe.

Alfa Romeo 4C Quadrifoglio prototype

«Simply put, they were never meant to enter production as they were only an exercise in design,» Gentile added.

The white and red 4C models only got design changes. Both still feature the standard 4C’s powertrain: a 1.75-liter turbo-4 with 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Still, the cars look quite good with the new front splitter, hood scoop, rear diffuser, and large rear wing.

Alfa Romeo 4C Quadrifoglio prototype

A more powerful 4C seems out of the question judging by how few examples the brand sells. In fact, Alfa Romeo dropped the 4C coupe in the U.S. last year. The 4C Spider is the only flavor Alfa Romeo offers to Americans these days. A report from 2018 claimed the brand has a 4C replacement in the cards, but it could be a very different car from what we’ve known for the past four years.

To get a better look at the cars than the pictures shown, forward to the 10:05 mark of the video above. If you understand Italian or just want to look at vintage cars, feel free to watch the whole thing.

2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe

2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe Review: Half A Supercar?

by Roger Biermann

The luxury sports car category is a very competitive segment, with numerous different takes on what the perfect model should be. However, each manufacturer seems to balance comfort and performance to some degree — but not Alfa Romeo. The 4C is focused almost exclusively on lightness and agility, with little thought spent on the comfort of the creatures housed inside the carbon-fiber tub. The benefit is a car that weighs very little and is visceral and raw. With a six-speed dual-clutch auto doing duty alongside a 1.75-liter turbocharged four-cylinder producing 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, in a car that weighs less than 2,500 lbs, this is a proper sports car with astonishing acceleration. The downside to such commitment to handling and performance, is minimal insulation from road noise and bumps, something that the likes of the Porsche Cayman and Lotus Evora have shown concern towards. That said, the 4C comes standard with Italian style and a level of drama that few can imitate — the perfect car for that one day a year when the stars align.

Read in this review:

  • Exterior Design 10 /10
  • Performance 9 /10
  • Fuel Economy 9 /10
  • Interior & Cargo 6 /10
  • Infotainment & Features 6 /10
  • Reliability 7 /10
  • Safety 8 /10
  • Value For Money 8 /10

2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe Changes: What’s the difference vs 2017 4C Coupe?

Not much has changed over last year’s model, with the only updates being minor. The 2018 model now allows for yellow stitching on cars that are Basalt Gray, Black, or White, when previously this was only available if the exterior paint was similarly colored. A carbon-fiber interior fascia package is also now available. Reviewed separately, the Spider (convertible) model is also a new prospect for 2018. Power output stays the same, as do standard equipment features.

Pros and Cons

  • Unimpeded connection between car and driver making for brilliant driving experience
  • Stunningly gorgeous bodywork and proportions
  • Powerful engine and lightweight construction
  • Supercar performance with daily driver fuel economy
  • Mini-supercar heritage and style
  • Exceptionally hard ride
  • Minimal equipment available
  • Impractical storage space
  • Unassisted steering doesn’t give great feedback

2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe Trims

4C Coupe Exterior

With proportions reminiscent of classic mid-engined Italian sports cars, wide haunches, and gaping intakes, the 4C cuts an imposing figure in any rearview mirror. LED daytime running lights and taillights feature as standard while xenon headlights are available. Standard wheels are 17-inch items up front with the rears staggered to 18-inches, while a one-size increase for the front and back are available. The integrated spoiler can be had in either body color or carbon fiber.


The curb weight of the 4C Coupe is arguably the most important figure in the car’s ability to perform. Constructed with aluminum subframes front and rear, and a carbon fiber monocoque chassis, the Alfa weighs just 2,465 lbs, 39lbs lighter than the spider. The Coupe measures 157 inches in length while its width is 73.5 inches, a measurement amplified by the low height of just 46.6 inches and ground clearance of less than five inches.

Exterior Colors

No additional colors have been added to the 2019 palette, leaving Black, White, Basalt Gray Metallic, Alfa Rosso (red), Rosso Competizione (richer red), Madreperla White, and Giallo Prototipo (yellow) as the colors with which the 4C Coupe will see out the remainder of its life in the US — each particularly striking colors in their own right, suiting the curves and dimensions of the 4C to a tee. Rosso Competizione is especially attractive in the sun, its multi-layered finish changing based on light conditions.

4C Coupe Performance

Only one engine and gearbox configuration is available for the Alfa Romeo 4C, likely because additional powertrain options may have compromised the balance of the car. The mid-mounted 1.75-liter turbocharged four-cylinder in the 4C develops 237 hp and 258 lb-ft — not exactly a huge amount of either measure. But mid-mounted in a lightweight carbon fiber tub that sees the 4C undercut 2,500 lbs, power-to-weight is that of a supercar.

It sends power to the rear wheels only, rather than all corners like the Audi TT, via Alfa’s six-speed TCT twin-clutch transmission. The transmission is capable of changing gears in a claimed 130 milliseconds and, if used in conjunction with RACE mode and launch control, those shifts will see the 4C propelled 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds and on to a sub-13-second quarter-mile. Its top speed is electronically limited to 160 mph, just a few miles-per-hour short of the Lotus Evora, which employs the use of an engine almost twice the capacity. The Porsche 718 Cayman is considerably faster than either even in base trim, knocking on the door of 200 mph; but the focus of the 4C is on the driving experience, not its maximum figures.

Engine and Transmission

The Alfa 4C’s four-pot has a specific displacement of 1,750cc and is assisted in performance by a turbocharger which gives a noticeable boost, pushing you back in your seat before fluttering behind your head when you tap off the gas. 237 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, paired with a curb weight of under 2,500 lbs, resulting in a weight-to-power ratio of 10.4:1 (lbs:hp). This allows the 4C to accelerate hard throughout the rev range, while leaving the line in a hurry is spurred along by a highly effective launch control system, giving thrilling standing starts every time.

Shifts are handled automatically and swiftly, but if you feel like taking matters into your own hands, Race mode engages manual-only shifts via the tactile shift paddles mounted behind the steering wheel.

Some Alfa aficionados may bemoan the lack of a naturally-aspirated engine, particularly something like a sonorous 3.0-liter V6, but for the application, the lightness and breadth of capability that this 1.75-liter engine boasts, is truly astounding and perfectly suited to the original intention of this car — to handle beautifully, turn on a dime, and give explosive acceleration. The only downsides to the setup are an overreliance on boost which results in significant amounts of turbo lag, and the gearbox’s tendency to hang onto first gear for far too long, regularly yielding bouts of oversteer when pulling off around a corner. Of course, that’s all forgotten the moment the turbo-flutter fills your ears — giving the 4C a definite sense of 80’s rally-car.

Handling and Driving Impressions

If a comfortable cruiser is what you’re after, stop reading now. The suspension on the 4C is stiff and doesn’t absorb much — almost every little imperfection in the road is transmitted to your spine with little buffering in between. As a daily drive, the 4C is not easy to live with, even in Natural mode. In fact, it’s impossible to live with, the air conditioning barely cooling the cabin, grains of sand ricocheting off the carbon chassis sounding like gunfire inside, and not enough ground clearance to clear even the lowest of speed bumps. The unassisted steering is heavy and dull, and even when pushing on it lacks feedback — something an unassisted setup should never do. Quite simply put, the 4C is the worst possible incarnation of a car around…

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Except… except for the one day a year when the car gods smile upon you, gifting you with the right piece of smooth, twisting tarmac — no traffic, and no hindrances. On that one day a year, you can forget about the horrendous ride quality or the heaps of turbo-lag. You can even forgive the complete and utter lack of sound deadening. Because on that one day, the balance of the mid-engine sports car and lightweight carbon fiber chassis augment human thought, sliding at will and gripping when you need it. The turbo flutter and exhaust flatulence from every upshift of the dual-clutch transmission spur you on, and the 4C Coupe becomes one of the most emotive driving experiences you’ll ever have. On every other day of the year, you’ll hate your decision to drive the 4C, but after that one, you’ll never look at another driving experience the same way again.

4C Coupe Gas Mileage

The 4C’s small-capacity 1.75-liter turbocharged engine pays dividends here, returning 24/34/28 mpg on the EPA’s city/highway/combined cycles — not bad for a dual-clutch, rear-wheel-drive sports car. By contrast, the Lotus Evora and Porsche Cayman manage 17/24/20 mpg and 22/29/25 mpg respectively for their base models equipped with automatic gearboxes. The 4C’s relatively small 10.5-gallon gas tank gives it an estimated average range of 262.5 miles per fillup.

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe

Key Specifications for 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe

Buyer’s Guide


After much delay, Alfa Romeo has finally re-launched in Canada. It’s been a long time coming, but the light, nimble, and pared-down 4C Coupe and Spider are here and they’re junior supercars through and through.

Engineered seemingly to a gearhead’s specification, the 4C uses an ultra-light carbon fibre tub chassis, and manually assisted steering for maximum road feel. Lightweight composite bodywork, aluminum suspension components, and a cabin light on creature comforts allows it to tip the scales at just over 1,100 kilos. A late addition to the range, the Spider features a simple manually operated cloth roof that can be stowed in the car’s miniscule trunk. Unlike most drop-top sports cars, the 4C Spider caries a mere 10 kilo weight penalty over the Coupe and its chassis is equally as rigid.

All 4Cs come with one powertrain: a 1.75-litre turbocharged four cylinder developing 237 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. It’s mounted behind the cabin, and drives the wheels through a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Despite the small engine, the 4C has enough performance to give a Porsche Cayman S a run for its money taking just over four seconds to reach 100 km/h.

For the time being, Alfa Romeos are only available at five locations across Canada. There are two dealers in Ontario, two in Quebec, and one in B.C.

The 4C is available in Coupe, Coupe Launch Edition, and Spider variants.

The 4C Coupe includes staggered-size 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels, projector-beam headlights, LED taillights, cloth upholstered sports seats, full-TFT instrument cluster, DNA driving mode selector, air conditioning, aluminum pedals and foot rest, keyless entry, power windows, power mirrors, power locks, 12-volt power outlet, and an AM/FM stereo with iPod controls, USB input, and Bluetooth. The 4C Coupe is exclusively available with the Exterior Package that includes a body-colour rear spoiler, titanium-finish mirror caps, and a choice of wheels: 17-inch front and 18-inch rear, or 18-inch front and 19-inch rear.

The 4C Spider adds a removable roof, as well as three exclusive options: Giallo Prototipo (Yellow) paint, an optional centre-mounted two-mode Akrapovic exhaust system, and a carbon-fibre halo – Alfa speak for carbon-fibre-finish A and B-pillars.

The following option packages are offered on both the 4C Coupe and 4C Spider:

The Convenience Package adds cruise control, alarm, rear parking sensors, and a premium sound system by Alpine.

The Leather package adds leather-wrapped instrument cluster binnacle, door panels, and storage area, as well as leather upholstery.

The Track Package adds racing suspension with stiffer anti-roll bars, performance-tuned shocks, microfiber-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel, carbon fibre exterior mirror covers, body-coloured spoiler, carbon fibre instrument cluster, and a choice of wheels wrapped in Pirelli AR track tires: 17-inch front and 18-inch rear, or 18-inch front and 19-inch rear.

The Coupe Launch Edition features unique front fascia, xenon headlamps, carbon fibre rear spoiler, carbon fibre mirror caps, dark-finish 18- and 19-inch porthole alloy wheels, performance exhaust, red brake calipers, carbon fibre interior trim, leather and microfiber upholstered seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a serial badge indicating the vehicle’s production number. Only 500 Launch Edition Coupes will be produced for the North American market.

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The Alfa Romeo 4C offers driving enthusiasts a mid-engine design inspired by the company’s legendary racing history. Too bad it’s on borrowed time. Handcrafted in Modena, Italy, the 4C Spider — the coupe version has already been axed — blends Italian styling with a Formula One-inspired carbon-fibre monocoque chassis. Advanced technologies include the 237-horsepower, 1.75-litre turbocharged four-cylinder with direct-injection, dual intercoolers and variable-valve timing. Weighing less than 1,150 kilograms, the ultra-light chassis helps contribute to a noteworthy 10.4:1 power-to-weight ratio — the two-seater accelerates to 100 km/h in less than 4.5 seconds. The engine is paired with a six-speed Alfa twin-clutch transmission and Alfa DNA Pro Drive Mode Selector with four adjustable drive modes. The Akrapovic dual-mode exhaust system is linked directly to the four Alfa DNA Pro selector drive modes, providing maximum sound in Dynamic and Race modes, and providing a quieter motoring experience in Natural and All-weather modes.

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  • Alfa shows off a special edition 4C Spider.
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  • Alfa shows off a special edition 4C Spider.
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It’s been hard to get a reliable prognosis concerning Alfa Romeo in general, and especially hard to figure out what’s in store for the brand in the United States. Last year the automaker canceled the 4C coupe, last week the brand’s future product roadmap appeared to deep-six the anticipated GTV and 8C sports cars in order to focus on more efficient spending in more important segments. In February of this year, Alfa Romeo launched the 4C Spider Italia in a run of just 15 units, the two biggest surprises about that car being the $73,495 price and the fact that it extended the model’s run into 2020. We’re not yet into 2020, but it looks like the party’s over. The French outpost of Motor1 is said to have confirmed with Alfa Romeo that the 4C Spider has ceased production. According to the report, the only 4Cs left across the Atlantic are the ones currently in dealer inventory.

Autoblog asked Alfa Romeo to confirm the news, a spokesman responded by e-mail, «I can’t speak for other markets but the US 4C Spider is not cancelled and is still available for order.»

Introduced in 2015, the 4C Spider still gets on with a turbocharged four-cylinder putting out 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The 4C Spider needs an irrational generosity to love and drive every day, but the last OEM sports car on sale without power steering knows how to thrill when pushed. Our guess is that, overseas, exotic construction and communicative, go-kart handling couldn’t make up for a high price relative to the established competition and lack of interior amenities and ultimate refinement.

If the European news is true, sales figures lead us to believe it is but a matter of time before the same ax finds its way to the U.S. Alfa Romeo sold 421 4Cs in Europe last year, compared to 238 in the U.S. This year European dealers sold 196 units through the end of September, U.S. dealers moved 127. If we did lose the open-top sports car before 2021, the move would leave the Giulia sedan and Stelvio SUV as Alfa Romeo’s entire U.S. lineup until more crossover-type vehicles show in 2021. No matter what happens, perhaps by 2021 Alfa Romeo will know precisely where it needs to go and have a clear plan for getting there, and perhaps it will be able to do so with the platform and financial resources within a merged Fiat-Chrysler-PSA Group entity. Even for fun, full-throated products, it’s hard to get on in today’s market without full-throated focus, support, and marketing.

In the meantime, anyone in the market for 4C Spider is advised not to dally.

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