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Alfa Romeo 4C Study Combines Retro and Futuristic Design

The Alfa Romeo 4C - some say it's a bad car, that the engine isn't special or that the cabin is uncomfortable. Yet it's also one of the most important Italian cars of the last decade, and you can tell by how many designers it influences.
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Everybody feels that the design is amazing... and it is. Not often do you see automakers making such a low, wide little sportscar. The little Alfa makes even the Porsche Cayman look fat, which it is, by almost half a ton.

But in its originality, the 4C kind of loses something. Two years ago, we got the Alfa Romeo Mole Costruzione 001, and that proved the 4C would work better with Giulia-like headlights plus some wider bodywork. On the other hand, some people dislike the factory spider-like eyes of the stock version.

But one designer decided to take the Italian rocket in an entirely different direction by making its front end slightly retro. Yung Presciutti added much rounder headlights, reminiscent of the classic icons. He also opted for a protruding grille design and sharp fins. This car would probably mutilate pedestrians in a crash, but we have to admit it looks amazing.

Meanwhile, the rear is like a sports car version of a Ferrari. The lights, trunk spoiler, diffuser and exhaust all remind us of a 488 GTB, but in a tighter format.

Alfa keeps saying the 4C isn't dead. But the project had a lot of potential that was never exploited. We never got a manual gearbox or the QV high-performance version with 300 horsepower. There was even an electric prototype from Yamaha if we're not mistaken.

The Alfa Romeo 4C was developed with a lot of help from Maserati at its factory in Modena and, ironically, will be replaced in the FCA Group's sports universe, by the Maserati MC20.




 
 
 
 
 

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