Alfa Romeo 4C Officially Revealed Ahead of Geneva [Photo Gallery]
The sportscar is going to make its official debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, which is probably where all the technical details will be announced. Right now, details are scarce, but there's still enough to paint a pretty picture of a car that could be the most memorable Alfa of the decade.
Power comes from a new 4-cylinder turbocharged 1,750cc engine, similar to that of the Giulitta QV, but featuring an all-aluminum block. The Italians won't say how much power it's got but promise a weight-to-power ratio of under 4 kg/hp. Most likely, this means 240 PS (237 hp) and a weight of under 1,000 kg (2,200 lbs).
Power is sent from the mid-mounted engine to the rear wheels via a revised Alfa Romoe TCT twin-clutch automatic gearbox with selectable driving modes. The 4C will thus get from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.5 km/h and will have a top speed of 250 km/g (155 mph).
A new DNA traction and stability control system have been developed with a hardcore Race setup. Just like on the Julietta QV, it has three setting for road use – Dynamic, Natural and All Weather.
The 4C is tiny compared to all modern sportscar. It measures less than 4,000mm in length, 2,000 in width (probably including the mirrors), and can probably fit under a toll barrier, since its 1,180mm tall.
Deliveries should start later this year with prices in Europe starting at about €56,000. Production will most be limited to a couple of thousand units per year.
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