The Spirit of the legendary 33 Stradale lives on in the Alfa Romeo 4C, which combines Alfa engineering with Maserati manufacturing to produce a stunning 2-door coupé.
The automotive world gasped when the Alfa Romeo 4C was first launched in 2013, and with good reason. It’s not every day that two titans of Italian performance cars come together to create something so modern, yet so timeless, and so fun.
The 4C is designed to be a no-comprises compact sports car. It’s built around a carbon fibre monocoque chassis weighing only 65 kg. The single outer body is made of sheet moulding composite, which is super strong, yet 20% lighter than steel. The entire assembled vehicle weighs only 895 kg.
Its super lightweight 1.75-litre 4-cylinder turbo engine produces 177 kW, delivered to the rear wheels through an Alfa TCT twin dry clutch transmission which includes launch control. The car will reach 100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds, and top out at 258 km/h. Fuel consumption is a modest 6.8 litres per 100 km, which means that the 4C won’t cost you an arm and a leg to enjoy.
The 4C has 18” wheels in front and 19” wheels at the back. All four corners are equipped with ventilated disc brakes and Brembo callipers. The front wheels are equipped with double wishbone suspension, while MacPherson struts connect the rear wheels.
Despite its overt sportiness, you can still tailor the handling to your circumstances with the DNA selector. Choose Dynamic, Natural, or All-Weather modes for everyday driving conditions. Then, when you take the car to a track day, put it in Race mode, and watch those lap times tumble. You can also disable ABS braking and traction control if you’re keen on some sideways, tire-squealing fun.