Alfa Romeo 4C Concept Car
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13th February, 2013
- The new Alfa Romeo compact mid-engined rear-wheel drive sports car is about to make its début
- The new Alfa Romeo 4C will mark the return of the Italian brand to the United States.
- Less than 4 metres in length, 200 cm wide, 118 cm high and with a wheelbase of less than 2.4 metres.
- New ‘4 cylinder’ 1750 Turbo Petrol all-aluminium engine.
- Alfa TCT twin clutch automatic transmission.
- New Alfa DNA selector with ‘Race’ mode.
- Chassis made entirely of carbon with load-bearing and structural function.
- Weight to power ratio less than 4 kg/HP.
The production version of the Alfa Romeo 4C makes its début at the 82nd Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland . This two
seat mid-engined rear-wheel drive coupé represents the essence of a sports car at the heart of Alfa Romeo’s 'DNA':
performance, Italian style and technical excellence, offering maximum driving satisfaction in total safety.
Designed by Alfa Romeo engineers and produced in the Maserati plant in Modena, the new compact sports car will be
available this year, marking the return of the Italian brand to the United States and inaugurating Alfa Romeo’s global
The Alfa Romeo 4C derives directly from the concept car which raised many eyebrows at the Geneva Motor Show in 2011.
The acronym ‘4C’ draws its inspiration from the brand’s glorious past, projecting the values of technology and
emotions into the future. Indeed, it refers to Alfa Romeo’s great sporting tradition: the acronyms 8C and 6C in the 1930s
and 1940s distinguished cars – both racing and non – fitted with the powerful ‘eight cylinders’ and the innovative ‘six
cylinders’, confirming in its design lay out and construction the goal of achieving the weight/power ratio of an
authentic supercar, less than 4 kg/HP, yet focusing not merely on the maximum power delivered, but on limiting the weight
to guarantee maximum agility and top performance. To this end, the Alfa Romeo 4C uses technologies and materials derived
from super sports cars (including the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione) – carbon fibre, aluminium, rear-wheel drive – and
technologies from the latest standard models from Alfa Romeo, but updated to enhance the sports appeal of the new car
even further. This is demonstrated by the new 1750 Turbo Petrol all-aluminium engine with direct injection, the
sophisticated "Alfa TCT" twin dry clutch transmission and the Alfa DNA selector with the unprecedented Race mode.
Designed by the Alfa Romeo Style Centre, the 4C immediately brings to mind some of the traditional iconic models which
have left a significant mark in the history of the Brand. Above all others, in terms of dimensional and lay out
similarities, one stands out in particular: the 33 Stradale, a car that combined extreme mechanical and functional
requirements with an essential style which “clothed” the engine and chassis appropriately with unmistakable Alfa Romeo
treatments. The 4C has followed suit, and thus completes a journey which was embarked upon with the 8C Competizione,
emphasising some particular concepts of the brand, such as compact size, dynamism and agility.
The elemental design and essential materials also distinguish the interior, which is all designed and built for
maximum driving satisfaction. Specifically, the carbon fibre in the interior immediately stands out, used to make the
central cell, which has been left in full view to enhance the sense of uniqueness, of technology and light weight.
Dimensions and aerodynamics
The compact dimensions make this car with 2 bucket seats truly unique amid its competitors: it is just under 4 metres
long, 200 cm wide, 118 cm high and with a wheelbase of less than 2.4 metres. These dimensions serve both to emphasise
the compact size of the car and to accentuate its agility. What’s more, owing to the designers’ excellent work, the car
achieves maximum aerodynamic efficiency levels, recording a negative Cz (downforce coefficient) which, as in racing cars,
contributes towards achieving increased stability at higher speeds.
New ‘4 cylinder’ 1750 Turbo Petrol
An evolution of the engine already in use in the Quadrifoglio Verde version of the Giulietta, the new ‘4 cylinder’
1750 Turbo Petrol engine implements an innovative aluminium bock and specific intake and exhaust systems which have been
optimised to enhance the sports appeal of the car even further. In addition, it boasts cutting-edge technical solutions
including direct fuel injection, dual continuous variable valve timing, a turbocharger and a revolutionary scavenging
control system that gets rid of any turbo lag.
Alfa TCT automatic transmission
The 1750 Turbo Petrol engine is teamed with the innovative Alfa TCT automatic twin dry clutch transmission, which is a
genuine benchmark in its segment due to its limited weight and extreme speed of activation. The gears can also be changed
in sequential mode using the “shift paddles” located behind the steering wheel.
The new Alfa DNA selector with ‘Race’ mode
The Alfa Romeo 4C also sees the début of the new Alfa DNA selector which not only features the three standard settings
available until now – Dynamic, Natural and All Weather – but also a fourth mode: ‘Race’, designed to enhance the driving
experience on a race track even further.
Excellence made in Italy
The very best technical and industrial expertise of the Alfa Romeo and Maserati brands were used to develop the final
version of the 4C. Specifically, the teamwork between the two brands was aimed at the integration of the Alfa Romeo
design department with the Maserati production plant. In short, this too 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 across
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