That’s about double what we were expecting it to be, but then again it is a highly advanced machine. At first glance it appears to be a competitor to the Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ, but in the press info, Alfa refers to it as a supercar…
Alfa may be right, as the 4C has all the main ingredients of a supercar. It’s rear-wheel-drive, looks breathtaking and has a power-to-weight ratio of one horsepower for every kilogram.
To achieve this impressive figure, Alfa could have gone the obvious route and fitted a large engine, but they chose not to do this as it would have made the car less affordable. Instead, it chose to use lightweight materials like carbon fibre and aluminium. In doing so, the engineers were able to obtain a total dry weight of just 895kg.
The 4C uses a new 1 750cc turbocharged petrol engine with direct injection and an aluminium engine block, mated to a twin dry clutch transmission.
The Alfa Romeo 4C makes its first appearance on South African roads late in 2013 with the introduction of the limited Launch Edition versions.
The Launch Editions will differ from the regular production versions with the inclusion of various key parts in carbon fibre, like the front air intake, rear spoiler, headlamp finishing, mirror covers, instrument-cluster cover, gear-button bezel and racing steering wheel.
Additionally, darker alloy wheels, red brake calipers, racing suspension and exhaust system, bi-LED headlamps as well as a choice of Carrara White or Rosso Red exterior paints will differentiate this model from the production variant.
The Alfa Romeo 4C will be sold exclusively by selected Alfa Romeo dealerships countrywide and carry a full 3-year/100 000km warranty and maintenance plan.