Alfa Romeo 4C – first pics

The first images of the new Alfa Romeo 4C have just been released ahead of the production model’s debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

I can’t write fast enough as I’m too busy wetting my pants!!!!

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Alfa Romeo 4C rear view
Alfa Romeo 4C rear view
Alfa Romeo 4C - front view
Alfa Romeo 4C – front view


I am so damn excited about this car. I saw it in Geneva two years ago as a concept car and it blew everyone away. Rumour has it they made the whole concept vehicle in around six months, finishing it just before it was shown. That’s an incredible work rate.

Back then it had a matt red vinyl wrap that looked sensational, but the classic Rosso on this production model image looks even better.

Alfa Romeo 4C Geneva 2011

Sadly, judging by the press release below, it looks like Alfa’s going quite high-end with this one and it’s never going to fall into my price bracket. One can only dream……


  • The new Alfa Romeo compact mid-engined supercar with rear-wheel drive and two bucket seats makes its début in Geneva.
  • The new Alfa Romeo 4C is the result of experience built up with the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione model produced in the Maserati plant in Modena and it will be available for purchase in 2013, marking the return of the Italian brand to the United States.
  • Less than 4 metres in length, 200 cm wide, 118 cm high and with a wheelbase of less than 2.4 metres.
  • New 4 cylinder 1750 Turbo Petrol all-aluminium engine.
  • Alfa TCT twin clutch automatic transmission.
  • New Alfa DNA selector with ‘Race’ mode.
  • Chassis made entirely of carbon with load-bearing and structural function.
  • Weight to power ratio less than 4 kg/HP.

The final version of the Alfa Romeo 4C makes its début at the 83rd International Motor Show in Geneva. This mid-engined rear-wheel drive coupé with two bucket seats represents the true essence of a sports car at the heart of Alfa Romeo’s DNA: performance, Italian style and technical excellence, offering maximum driving satisfaction in total safety.

Designed by Alfa Romeo engineers and produced in the Maserati plant in Modena, the new compact supercar will be available for purchase in 2013, marking the return of the Italian brand to the United States and inaugurating Alfa Romeo’s global growth plan.

The Alfa Romeo 4C derives directly from the concept which raised many eyebrows in wonder at the Geneva Show in 2011, so much so that it won three prestigious awards: the ‘AutoBild Design Award’ (2011, Germany), the ‘Design Award for Concept Cars & Prototypes’ (2012, Italy) and the ‘Most Exciting Car of 2013’ – ‘What Car?’ (2013, Great Britain).

Acronym 4C

The acronym ‘4C’ draws its inspiration from the brand’s glorious past, projecting the values of technology and emotions into the future. Indeed, it refers to Alfa Romeo’s great sporting tradition: the acronyms 8C and 6C in the 1930s and 1940s distinguished cars – both racing and road – fitted with the powerful ‘eight cylinders’ and the innovative ‘six cylinders’, confirming in its design layout and construction the goal of achieving the power /weight ratio of an authentic supercar, less than 4 kg/HP, yet focusing not merely on the maximum power delivered, but on limiting the weight to guarantee maximum agility and top performance. To this end, the Alfa Romeo 4C uses technologies and materials derived from super sports cars (including the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione) – carbon fibre, aluminium, rear-wheel drive – and technologies from the latest standard models from Alfa Romeo, but updated to enhance the sports appeal of the new car even further. This is demonstrated by the new 1750 Turbo Petrol all-aluminium engine with direct injection, the sophisticated Alfa TCT twin dry clutch transmission and the Alfa DNA selector with the unprecedented Race mode.

Exterior style

Designed by the Alfa Romeo Style Centre, the 4C immediately brings to mind some of the traditional iconic models which have left a significant mark in the history of the Brand. Above all others, in terms of dimensional and layout similarities, one stands out in particular: the 33 Stradale, a car that combined extreme mechanical and functional requirements with an essential style which ‘clothed’ the engine and chassis appropriately with unmistakable Alfa Romeo treatments. The 4C has followed suit, and thus completes a journey which was embarked upon with the 8C Competizione, emphasising some particular concepts of the brand, such as compact size, dynamism and agility.

Interior design

The elemental design and essential materials also distinguish the interior, which is all designed and built for maximum driving satisfaction. Specifically, the carbon fibre in the interior immediately stands out, used to make the central cell, which has been left in full view to enhance the sense of uniqueness, of technology and light weight.

Dimensions and aerodynamics

The compact dimensions make this car with 2 bucket seats truly unique amid its competitors: it is just under 4 metres long, 200 cm wide, 118 cm high and with a wheelbase of less than 2.4 metres. These dimensions serve both to emphasise the compact size of the car and to accentuate its agility. What’s more, owing to the designers’ excellent work, the car achieves maximum aerodynamic efficiency levels, recording a negative Cz (downforce coefficient) which, as in racing cars, contributes towards achieving increased stability at higher speeds.

New 4 cylinder 1750 Turbo Petrol

An evolution of the engine already in use in the Quadrifoglio Verde version of the Giulietta, the new 4 cylinder 1750 Turbo Petrol engine implements an innovative aluminium block and specific intake and exhaust systems which have been optimised to enhance the sports appeal of the car even further. In addition, it boasts cutting-edge technical solutions including direct fuel injection, dual continuous variable valve timing, a turbocharger and a revolutionary scavenging control system that gets rid of any turbo lag.

Alfa TCT automatic transmission

The 1750 Turbo Petrol engine is teamed with the innovative Alfa TCT automatic twin dry clutch transmission, which is a genuine benchmark in its segment due to its low weight and extreme speed of activation. The gears can also be changed in sequential mode using the shift paddles located behind the steering wheel.

The new Alfa DNA selector with Race mode

The Alfa Romeo 4C also sees the début of the new Alfa DNA selector which not only features the three standard settings available until now – Dynamic, Natural and All Weather – but also a fourth mode: Race, designed to enhance the driving experience on a race track even further.

Excellence made in Italy

The very best technical and industrial expertise of the Alfa Romeo and Maserati brands were used to develop the final version of the 4C. Specifically, the teamwork between the two brands was aimed at the integration of the Alfa Romeo design department with the Maserati production plant. In short, this too is a distinguishing trait of Alfa Romeo, a brand with a century of history that continues to be one of the most famous and popular ambassadors of Italian products across the world.


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  1. Why I’m not going to Geneva this year?

    Regarding the price, as most of the tech can be found on the Giuletta QF I don’t expect to be more expensive than an Audi TTS, and depending on how many they build, the used price can be quite affordable. But maybe the upcoming MX-5 based two seater convertible from AlfaRomeo can be a more affordable fun-car.

    1. Being a two-seater only, you might fit pretty well, actually. I was surprised at how comfortable the Sonett was.

      Getting in and out is another thing all together, though 🙂

  2. Couldn’t agree more DRM!

    There is too much ‘Lotus’ and not enough ‘Alfa’ in the 4C for me. Looking forward to seeing it in the flesh however.

    But to be honest, Alfa need a mainstream car now more than they need a high priced, limited edition supercar. We have had the 8C, we need a spider, coupe and saloon/wagon for the masses!

  3. The architecture is similar to the Lancia Montecarlo, with an extra 100hp. Should be interesting.
    There have been some hints thrown around that there will be an Abarth version of this car, which would almost be too much of a good thing. Almost.

      1. Abarth is now a standalone brand in Europe. They can base their cars on any Fiat-group platform, although I hope that they focus on smaller cars.
        Some past Abarths were not based on Fiats (Simca, AutoBianchi, Alfa, Siata), so this wouldn’t be a break with tradition.

        This info comes from a youtube interview with a French Abarth exec. He confirmed that an Abarth 4C was being considered, but he obviously wouldn’t say any more than that.