The 2017 Alfa Romeo 4C is a small sports car that prioritizes performance over practicality and everyday livability. Alfa's parent company, Fiat-Chrysler, typically produces vehicles available in many trim levels that further have plenty of choice for options packages and individual features. The 4C is different, only coming in one trim and two body styles. The small list of options and packages that are available center around luxury, performance and cosmetic upgrades.
As a focused, track-ready sports car, the 4C is all about its lightweight carbon fiber construction, incredibly powerful four-cylinder engine first quick-shifting dual-clutch automatic transmission. Standard features for the sparingly equipped coupe include summer performance tires, air-conditioning, Bluetooth, satellite radio and a retro Alpine head unit. The costly convertible version also includes leather seats. You can add those seats to the coupe, along with additional leather trim, exterior and interior carbon fiber elements, a Track package that further increases the 4C's handling abilities and rear parking sensors. Additional passenger comforts and advanced safety technologies simply aren't available.
Purchasing a 4C is a decision not to be taken lightly, as its cramped interior, spartan accommodations and meager cargo and storage space puts it at a severe disadvantage to its primary rivals. However, the 4C's traffic-stopping exterior styling and pure focus on the driving experience might give it the edge to certain buyers. Its exclusivity might also be attractive to those who see a glut of German and American sports cars on a daily basis. You don't have to pay much of a premium for its rarity, as the 4C is priced similarly to other sports cars in this performance category. Remember, however, that rivals will offer much more standard and optional equipment than what is available for the 4C. When you're ready to purchase your hardcore Italian sports car, use Edmunds' shopping tools to help build your ideal 2017 Alfa Romeo 4C and compare dealer prices.
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