Alfa Romeo 4C Concept world premiere in Geneva

Alfa Romeo 4C Concept live in Geneva - 01.03.2011
Alfa Romeo 4C Concept live in Geneva - 01.03.2011

Alfa Romeo will take the 4C to production soon as the model is set to go on sale in 2012

The Alfa Romeo 4C Concept has made its debut at the Geneva auto salon today.

The 4C Concept is a two-seat, rear-wheel drive sport coupe about 4 meters long and with a wheelbase just short of 2.4 meters. It features a mid-rear mounted 1.8 liter turbocharged power plant allowing for a 40/60 weight distribution (front axle/rear axle).

Much of the technology and materials of the 4C are inherited from the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione. It features a lightweight chassis with carbon-fiber and aluminum body structures for a total curb weight of less than 850 kg (1874 lbs).

The 4C derives its name from the four-cylinder (4C) 1750 Turbo Multi-Air unit which, in this iteration, produces an output of 200 PS (147 kW / 197 bhp), the same configuration as on the Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde. The power plant is coupled to the new Alfa TCT automatic twin dry clutch gearbox, which debuted but a few months ago in the MiTo model. That combination allows for a 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time of under 5 seconds and a top speed of over 250 km/h (155 mph).

The 4C's suspension consists of a high quadrilateral configuration at the front and MacPherson struts at the rear.

Alfa Romeo will take the 4C to production soon and the model will go on sale in 2012.

Source: Alfa Romeo

At the 81st Geneva International Motor Show, the Alfa Romeo 4C Concept will make its debut, a compact "supercar" which represents the true essence of a sports car, according to the brand's values: performance, Italian style and technical excellence aimed at maximum driving pleasure in total safety.

The new concept presents the classic formula of the two-seater, rear-wheel drive coupé with its engine at the centre, a length of approximately 4 metres and a wheelbase of less than 2.4 metres: dimensions which serve both to emphasise the compact size of the car and to accentuate its agility. Distinguished by its graceful and clean external lines, the same principles are also applied to the inside, with the Concept's specific on-board design maintaining features and devices which directly reflect the car's sporting spirit.

On the Alfa Romeo 4C Concept technology and materials derived from the 8C Competizione find a home - carbon, aluminium, rear-wheel drive - and technology derived from Alfa Romeo models currently on sale: the 1750 turbo petrol engine with direct injection, the "Alfa TCT" twin dry clutch transmission and the Alfa DNA dynamic control selector.
Quite simply, this vehicle screams Alfa. Its sports car soul creates a unique driving sensation, both on the road and when racing, where its velocity and transverse acceleration become even more demanding.

Born from the experience acquired through the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione and 8C Spider models, the new concept car shares its rear-wheel drive with the exclusive supercars as well as its philosophy based on achieving maximum driving pleasure and the proverbial Alfa Romeo road handling. This is an objective which the 8C Competizione and the 8C Spider pursue mainly through their increased power, while the Alfa Romeo 4C Concept follows the route of limited weight, made possible by extensive use of carbon, which also plays a structural role and guarantees exceptional agility with a weight/power ratio which is lower than 4 kg/HP. The chassis supports a body crafted completely from carbon, inside which there is space for the driver and passenger, while the rear frame structure and the crash boxes use aluminium extensively. The final result is a significant reduction in weight, limited to less than 850 kg, as well as the optimisation of the vehicle's centre of gravity, which gives the advantage of increased agility and drivability on the most challenging roads.

The name "4C Concept" is suggestive of the sports driving pleasure which only the spectacular "4 cylinder" 1750 Turbo Petrol engine which offers over 200 HP can bring. Already featured on a number of models in production, for example the Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde, the engine boasts cutting-edge technical solutions such as direct injection, dual continuous variable valve timing, turbocharger and the revolutionary scavenging control system which eliminates turbo lag.

Located centrally in the rear of the vehicle, the engine in the Alfa Romeo 4C Concept ensures performance which matches or exceeds that of a 3 litre engine whilst still delivering the moderate fuel consumption which is typical of a compact, 4 cylinder engine. Coupled with the new automatic "Alfa TCT" twin dry clutch transmission, launched only a few months ago on the MiTo and which will soon be available on the Giulietta, the powerful 1750 Turbo petrol engine allows the 4C Concept to reach a top speed of over 250 km/h and to accelerate from 0 to 100km in under 5 seconds. The vehicle integrates its Alfa DNA technology perfectly, a true philosophy which brings together all of the on-board technology, making it enjoyable and customisable for the driver and further accentuating the "competitive" nature of the Concept compared to other vehicles currently on sale.

The Alfa Romeo 4C Concept has an extremely sophisticated suspension layout (high quadrilateral at the front, MacPherson at the rear) to ensure maximum agility and road handling. This solution, along with the rear-wheel drive and the extraordinary weight/power ratio, ensures Alfa Romeo driving pleasure, enhanced even further by the weight distribution (40% on the front axle and 60% on the rear axle). The Concept takes up the Brand's sporting tradition, taking us back to its origins, when agility and the weight/power ratio were the keys to a successful racing vehicle, and combining these aspects with the Alfa Romeos which take to the road every day.
This car is not simply an exercise in style created for the Motor Show; it will be on sale in 2012 and is set to reinforce Alfa Romeo's global growth.

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Steven Steven
Same Car - another Story! At the end the 4c will have a weight more than 1.000KG just under 200PS and will cost more than 60T€. Fiat will never let a Ferrikiller for a bread and butter price on the road......
May 10th, 2011 10:51am
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Valak Valak
Doesn't seem to be too much of a show stopper, to me !!! Why can't they just build a modern interpretation of Tipo 33 Stradale, without changing much, same way Ford did it with GT40 ?!?
Mar 8th, 2011 4:35am
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Beybaba Beybaba
Looks like this from GTA3 http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100121114852/gtawiki/images/1/11/YakuzaStinger-GTA3-rear.jpg
Mar 6th, 2011 4:09pm
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wcfuser14429 wcfuser14429
Alfa has one of the best designer. in my opinion
Mar 2nd, 2011 4:18am
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GTurbo GTurbo
I can see the 8C Competizione front end inspiration whic looks lovely, but the side air vent suddenly lends the car an odd appearance from the rear hindquarter view. Definitely Lotus Elise inspired. It needs to deliver the thrills on the race track to make it though. Great concept for Alfa Romeo to explore; the 8C for the masses.
Mar 2nd, 2011 4:08am
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porschekrazii porschekrazii
i like most of it, must be the color!
Mar 2nd, 2011 3:42am
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is that is a joke?
Mar 2nd, 2011 1:40am
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Well, at least it is better than the thought of creating an SUV (if it does).
Mar 2nd, 2011 10:00am
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wcfuser14369 wcfuser14369
I've changed my mind about this now I have seen the show shows. Oddly proportioned. Looks like a fat woman in a tight dress. The studio shots/renders were much nicer, Perhaps I need to see one in the metal.
Mar 2nd, 2011 12:31am
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tomuss94 tomuss94
Nice, an Elise rival, but not on price i bet!
Mar 1st, 2011 8:31pm
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Fourie_00 Fourie_00
HOW MUCH!? lol cos i ask... means i can afford it? hope not, i love it!
Mar 1st, 2011 4:45pm
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Microice Microice
Better than i expected though has elements of other cars. I'd buy it.
Mar 1st, 2011 4:21pm
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M! M!
gorgeous! spectacular design too. hope they will make it, to the US too.
Mar 1st, 2011 3:37pm
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Igor Igor
looks like enzo`s and evora`s babe .
Mar 1st, 2011 3:16pm
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cronan cronan
Based on the KTM X-Bow. But didn´t know what they where thinking fiting an automatik to an light nimble sportscar? This isn´t suposed to be an shoppingcar.
Mar 1st, 2011 3:14pm
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wcfuser14369 wcfuser14369
Yep, I saw Evora. But this is stylistically better. Looks great in fact!
Mar 1st, 2011 2:47pm
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sideskraper sideskraper
Mar 1st, 2011 2:30pm
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quattrosport quattrosport
Playing with lines and curves is not for everyone. Lambo can do it, looks like Alfa can not. Ugly and deeply inspired by the also ugly Lotus.
Mar 1st, 2011 2:21pm
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MadAboutCars MadAboutCars
Agreed, I think they purposely made it a bit ugly to be honest.
Mar 1st, 2011 8:49pm
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bettone bettone
hmmm... kind of Lotus Evora?
Mar 1st, 2011 2:18pm
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M! M!
1874lb is Elise weight. Evora would be about 3000.
Mar 1st, 2011 3:38pm
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Mikeado Mikeado
This is true (and wonderful), but he probably meant in terms of design, and I can sort of see it. Mind you, that doesn't stop it looking bite-the-back-of-your-hand gorgeous.
Mar 1st, 2011 5:49pm
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