2014 Alfa Romeo 4C | new car review

Posted on Jun 10, 2014 by
2014 Alfa Romeo 4C
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  • Rated 4.5 stars
  • Outstanding
AEDAED 330,000
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  • Exterior
    Editor: 95%
  • Interior
    Editor: 90%
  • Quality
    Editor: 90%
  • Features
    Editor: 80%
  • Performance
    Editor: 85%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 80%

Review Summary:

Alfa Romeo has always been positioned as a brand for enthusiasts and their latest offering, which weighs just 895 kgs and puts power to the road through a rear wheel drive layout, is definitely up there in automotive nirvana.

Pros

Seductive exterior styling of the 4C definitely makes it a real head turner.

Cons

Due to its price tag, it is unlikely to appeal to the rational buyer.

Looks

Unlike most vehicles which differ vastly from their concepts, the stays loyal to the pre-production version that was unveiled at the 81st Geneva Motor Show back in 2011. Bearing a slight resemblance to the Lotus Elise, it is no surprise that the Italian with its sculpted hood, bodacious curves and circular tail lamps, has been winning design awards since it has been a concept.

2014 Alfa Romeo 4C front side

Feels

In an attempt to keep weight to an absolute minimum, the designers have taken extreme measures both, inside and out, to keep the coupe slim and trim. While it is unmistakably sporty with its Alcantara and leather flat-bottomed steering wheel, luxurious touches such as embroidered headrests are present too. With the simplest of radio’s fitted into the driver oriented dashboard, exposed carbon fiber along the footwell and leather pull-down’s instead of proper door handles, the 2014 Alfa Romeo 4C reeks of one thing and one thing only; adrenaline pumping performance.

2014 Alfa Romeo 4C interior

Engineering

In addition to All-weather, Natural and Dynamic driving modes, the 4C welcomes an uber exciting Race mode. In Alfa Race mode, ESC stability control is deactivated and only intervenes to prevent loss of control under harsh braking. ASR is also deactivated under acceleration and braking, leaving the driver to control traction through the accelerator pedal alone. Alfa’s Q2 differential control system, on the other hand, remains active, as it is essential to permitting fast exits from the bends.

2014 Alfa Romeo 4C side

On offer

The centrally mounted 1.75 litre 4-cylinder turbocharged engine may not seem like sports car material at first, but churning out 240 horsepower at 6,000 RPM, it definitely doesn’t lack grunt. Mated to a dual clutch transmission, the Italian beauty achieves a top speed of 258 km/h and demolishes a 0 to 100 km/h sprint in just 4.5 seconds. To match its willingness to zoom into the horizon, the 2014 Alfa Romeo 4C comes fitted with perforated, self-ventilated front discs and Brembo calipers that take the car from 100 km/h to 0, in only 36 metres!

2014 Alfa Romeo 4C front

Verdict

Owning an Alfa Romeo is more than just owning a vehicle, it’s a piece of art, it’s a piece of brilliant engineering and more importantly, it’s a small part of the automotive realm that not many people will understand. So you can expect people to come up to you and ask you if you’re completely mental for spending AED 330,000 on a 4C, when you could have bagged a Jaguar F-TYPE in just AED 289,000. But that’s when you smile and say, “You wouldn’t understand, it’s an Alfa.”

2014 Alfa Romeo 4C rear

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