2015 Alfa Romeo 4C | new car review

Posted on Apr 12, 2015 by
2015 Alfa Romeo 4C
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  • Rated 4.5 stars
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AEDAED 450,000
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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 that differ greatly from their concept guise, the stays loyal to its pre-production form 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 its early days.

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C front

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 radios fitted into the driver oriented dashboard, exposed carbon fiber along the footwell and leather pull-downs instead of proper door handles, the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C reeks of one thing and one thing only: adrenaline pumping performance.

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C interior

Engineering

In addition to All-weather, Natural and Dynamic driving modes, the 4C welcomes an 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.

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C

What’s 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 six-speed 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 2015 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!

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C front

Summing it…

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 450,000 on a 4C, when you could have bagged a Jaguar F-TYPE for a lot, lot less. But that’s when you smile and say, “You wouldn’t understand, it’s an Alfa.”

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C rear

Specifications

Specifications2015 Alfa Romeo 4C
Engine/ Cylinders1.75 litre / 4 cylinder
Max Power
(bhp/rpm)
240 hp @ 6,000 RPM
Max Torque
(Nm/rpm)
350 Nm @ 4,000 RPM
Tranmission6 speed dual clutch automatic
DriveRear Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h4.5 secs
Top speed258 km/h
PriceAED 450,000

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