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The Alfa Romeo 4C Concept previews the 2012 successor for the now out of production Brera coupe. A soft-top is likely at some time too.

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3rd March, 2011

Alfa Romeo has revealed the new Alfa Romeo 4C concept sports car at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show (3rd-13th March), a car that simultaneously takes the sports car maker back to its historic roots and produces a car designed for the 21st century.

The Alfa Romeo 4C concept meets all the core values of the Italian brand: performance, classic handling delivered by rear wheel drive, Italian style and technical excellence aimed at maximum driving pleasure. At the same time with the light weight construction and the advanced 1750 TBi engine ensures that the Alfa Romeo 4C not only delivers exceptional performance – 0-100 km/h in under five seconds and a 250 km/h top speed – it also offers a degree of fuel economy.

The new 4C concept presents the classic formula of the two-seater, rear-wheel drive coupé with its engine at the centre, a length of approximately 4 metres and a wheelbase of less than 2.4 metres: dimensions which serve both to emphasise the compact size of the car and to accentuate its agility. Distinguished by its graceful and clean external lines, the same principles are also applied to the inside, with the Concept's specific on-board design maintaining features and devices which directly reflect the car's sporting spirit.

In the Alfa Romeo 4C Concept technology and materials derived from the 8C Competizione find a home - carbon, aluminium, rear-wheel drive - and technology derived from Alfa Romeo models currently on sale: the 1750 turbo petrol engine with direct injection, the "Alfa TCT" twin dry clutch transmission and the Alfa DNA dynamic control selector.

Quite simply, this vehicle says "Alfa". Its sports car soul provides a unique driving sensation, both on the road and when racing, where its velocity and transverse acceleration become even more demanding.

Derived from the experience acquired through the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione and 8C Spider models, the new concept car shares its rear-wheel drive as well as its philosophy based on achieving maximum driving pleasure and the proverbial Alfa Romeo road handling. This is an objective which the 8C Competizione and the 8C Spider pursue mainly through their increased power, while the Alfa Romeo 4C Concept follows the route of limited weight, made possible by extensive use of carbon, which also plays a structural role and guarantees exceptional agility with a weight/power ratio which is lower than 4 kg/HP. The chassis supports a body crafted completely from carbon, inside which there is space for the driver and passenger, while the rear frame structure and the crash boxes use aluminium extensively. The final result is a significant reduction in weight, limited to less than 850 kg, as well as the optimisation of the vehicle's centre of gravity, which gives the advantage of increased agility and drivability on challenging roads.

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The name "4C Concept" indicates the sports driving pleasure which Alfa's "4 cylinder" 1750 Turbo Petrol engine can bring. Already featured on a number of models in production, such as the Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde, the engine boasts technical solutions such as direct injection, dual continuous variable valve timing, turbocharger and the revolutionary scavenging control system which eliminates turbo lag.

Located centrally in the rear of the vehicle, the engine in the Alfa Romeo 4C Concept ensures performance which matches or exceeds that of a three litre engine whilst still delivering the moderate fuel consumption which is typical of a compact, four cylinder engine. Coupled with the new automatic "Alfa TCT" twin dry clutch transmission, launched on the MiTo and which will soon be available on the Giulietta, the powerful 1750 Turbo petrol engine allows the 4C Concept to reach a top speed of over 250 km/h and to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in under 5 seconds. The vehicle integrates its Alfa DNA technology perfectly, a true philosophy which brings together all of the on-board technology, making it enjoyable and customisable for the driver and further accentuating the "competitive" nature of the Concept compared to other vehicles currently on sale.

The Alfa Romeo 4C Concept has an extremely sophisticated suspension lay out (high quadrilateral at the front, MacPherson at the rear) to ensure maximum agility and road handling. This solution, along with the rear-wheel drive and the extraordinary weight/power ratio, ensures Alfa Romeo driving pleasure, enhanced even further by the weight distribution (40% on the front axle and 60% on the rear axle). The Concept takes up the Brand's sporting tradition, taking Alfa Romeo back to its origins, when agility and the weight/power ratio were the keys to a successful racing vehicle, and combining these aspects with the Alfa Romeos which take to the road every day.

This car is not simply an exercise in style for the Geneva Motor Show; a production version will be on sale in 2012.


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