The earliest sports cars were featherweight marvels of automotive design, built with the sole purpose of achieving optimal handling. Lean and lightweight, the Alfa Romeo 4C is a throwback to these original speed machines.
With its long hood, brawny haunches and voluptuous lines, the Alfa Romeo 4C looks the part of the prototypical sports car, and it has the performance to live up to this promise. Its carbon-fiber chassis dramatically lightens the car's curb weight. Add in its muscular engine, and it becomes clear that the 4C has what it takes to deliver singularly athletic driving dynamics.
All that performance comes at a price. Its taut suspension results in harsh ride quality, and the Alfa Romeo 4C can be a punishing companion on daily commutes. Also, cargo capacity is minimal, and its cockpit is a cramped environment.
Most drivers will be unwilling to make the sacrifices demanded by the Alfa Romeo 4C in the area of comfort. But there's no denying that this talented Italian delivers race-car-like handling at a reasonable price. It's an appealing choice for the select few who have their focus fixed exclusively on performance.
Current Alfa Romeo 4C
Available in coupe and convertible body styles, the current Alfa Romeo 4C succeeds as a purpose-built sports car. It features a mid-engine design, and it's sold in a single trim that includes air-conditioning, heated exterior mirrors, power accessories, Bluetooth connectivity and an Alpine sound system. The available Convenience package adds amenities such as cruise control and rear parking sensors, and there's also a Track package that brings in an even stiffer suspension. The Carbon Fiber Interior Trim package adds upgrades to the cabin, and xenon headlights, a subwoofer, a carbon-fiber roof and a sport exhaust are available as stand-alone options.
The 4C is powered by a 1.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that generates 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission handles the gears, and it sends power to the rear wheels.
In reviews, we've been impressed with the Alfa Romeo 4C's handling on the track, and it's distinguished itself on the street with its impressive acceleration, braking, steering and handling. However, this laser-sharp attention to performance makes for brutal ride quality in daily driving, and the 4C is a jarring choice on workday commutes. The car's cabin doesn't do it any favors when it comes to comfort. Ingress and egress are awkward, and tight dimensions and primitive ergonomics ? for example, there are no armrests anywhere in the interior ? make the 4C a challenging car to live with. Rear visibility is dismal, and the 4C is also hobbled by a tiny cargo area whose close proximity to the engine causes items placed in the trunk to grow hot when the car is in motion.
Used Alfa Romeo 4C Models
The Alfa Romeo 4C is still in its first generation, and the car debuted for the 2015 model year. The 4C is built in Modena, Italy, and it's notable for its numerous carbon-fiber and aluminum components.
In its second year of production, the Alfa Romeo 4C upgraded its standard sound system and added some new carbon-fiber trim options and an available dual-mode exhaust.
For the 2017 model year, the 4C ushered in options such as a seven-speaker sound system and a carbon-fiber roof.
Read the most recent 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C review.
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