Alfa Romeo 4C ‘compact supercar’ is a lightweight, technical tour de force

Posted on Jun 14, 2013 by
Alfa Romeo 4C: Excellence made in Italy

4C: Excellence made in Italy

Alfa Romeo has unveiled more technical and production information about the forthcoming Alfa 4C, which will be making its dynamic UK debut at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The ‘compact supercar’ is designed to embody the Alfa brand through its Italian style, sporty performance and engineering excellence to offer maximum driving satisfaction in, say Alfa, total safety.

The coupé has two bucket seats and uses technologies and materials derived from the 8C Competizione – carbon, aluminium, rear-wheel drive – and technologies from the latest Alfa Romeo models, all thoroughly developed to enhance the sports appeal of the new car.

It is powered by the new 1750 Turbo Petrol engine with direct injection and aluminium block and features the sophisticated “ALFA TCT” twin dry clutch transmission and the Alfa D.N.A. selector with the brand-new Race mode.

Built in Modena, birthplace of the world’s most famous sports cars, the Alfa 4C’s production process integrates Alfa Romeo’s design roles and Maserati’s manufacturing functions with engineering and technological contribution from Italian world-wide leaders in the component industry for high-performance sports cars.

To design a car that is both exclusive and achievable for Alfa Romeo fans across the world, the Alfa 4C’s designers focused on lightness and efficiency over greater horsepower, which would have impacted the purchase and maintenance costs.

Combining high technology and craftsmanship through an advanced mix of hi-tech materials which combine stiffness and strength but also with reduced weight, the Alfa 4C’s weight to power ratio is less than 4kg/HP with a total dry weight of just 895kg, making 4C one of the lightest cars in the world.

To see a video of the Alfa 4C’s production process, click here:

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