Driving the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C on Driving the Nation

Alfa Romeo press release:

Only 500 serialized 2015 4C Launch Edition coupes will be available through 86 Alfa Romeo dealerships this summer with a MSRP of $68,400; followed by the a standard 4C coupe arriving in the fall with a MSRP of $53,900

“The all-new Alfa Romeo 4C delivers supercar-level performance in it’s most elemental form,” said Harald Wester, President and CEO of Alfa Romeo. “With it’s ultra-lightweight materials and technological solutions derived directly from motorsports, a mid-engine proportion for maximum agility and purposeful styling cues to enhance performance “ the all-new 4C coupe marks Alfa Romeos return to sports cars and the brands return to North America.”

Designed to be innovative and revolutionary

The all-new 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C highlights the brands DNA that separates it from all the other marques:
Most advanced and innovative engines
A nearly perfect 50-50 weight balance
A unique set of technical solutions
Class exclusive power-to-weight ratios
Groundbreaking design, functional and distinctly Italian

Acronym 4C
The Alfa Romeo 4C is inspired by the century-old tradition of Alfa Romeo and projects the brand’s authentic values into the future: Italian style, performance and engineering excellence, offering maximum driving satisfaction in total safety. The “4C” name recalls Alfa Romeo’s great sporting tradition: the acronyms 8C and 6C in the 1930s and 1940s distinguished racing and road cars fitted with powerful eight and six cylinder engines. The 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C models designation continues this tradition with the latest all-aluminum 1750 cc turbocharged direct injection four-cylinder engine.

A tradition of essential beauty and function
The inspiration for the all-new 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C dates back to the 1967 33 Stradale, the homologated version of the racing Type 33, which is considered one of the most beautiful cars of all time. Like the 33 Stradale that combined extreme mechanical and functional requirements with undeniable Alfa Romeo style and performance “ the 4C coupe shares it’s body forms and follows this performance tradition with an undoubtedly Italian-styled composite body “clothing,” a state-of-the-art carbon fiber and aluminum structure, and a high-performance turbocharged engine.

With a purpose-built cockpit inspired by the legendary 1967 33 Stradale, entering the interior of the all-new Alfa Romeo 4C means entering a world derived from motorsport “ only essential components for performance are integrated. Two composite-framed sport seats, thermoformed dashboard and exposed carbon fiber monocoque highlight the coupes technological uniqueness. Furthermore, a driver-oriented cockpit with flat-bottom performance steering wheel with paddle-shift controls and aluminum pedals speak to the brands racing spirit. Emphasizing the Alfa Romeo 4Cs advanced technology and focus on lightweight technical solutions is a 7-inch full-color thin-film transistor (TFT) instrument cluster that displays simple, high-impact graphics to keep the driver focused on the road, or track ahead.

Ultra-lightweight: carbon fiber, aluminum and composites structures
To create the ultra-lightweight architecture needed for maximum performance and dynamic efficiency, Alfa Romeo 4C engineers looked to Formula 1 and only the most advanced supercars for state-of-the-art materials. The result is a monocoque made entirely of carbon fiber that delivers extraordinary stiffness and strength. Attached to the Alfa Romeo 4Cs exotic monocoque are front and rear cell structures, roof reinforcements and an engine-mounting frame made from lightweight aluminum.

Alfa Romeo engineers continued the use of state-of-the-art materials by creating the bodywork entirely of SMC (Sheet Molding Compound), a low-density, high-strength composite material that is 20 percent lighter and dimensionally more rigid than steel. Providing the ability to create complex shapes while saving weight by 20 percent compared to steel are PUR-RIM (injected polyurethane) fascias and rear spoiler. Engineers even optimized the Alfa Romeo 4Cs windshield and side windows by using 10 percent thinner glass to reduce weight by up to 15 percent.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Coupe made in Modena, Italy

ENGINE: ALL-ALUMINUM DIRECT-INJECTION 1750cc TURBO ENGINE
237 hp (177 kW) @ 6,000 rpm (135.4 bhp/liter) 258 lb.-ft. (350 N¢m) @ 2,200 – 4,250 rpm 6,500 rpm (fuel cutoff)
Four three-way catalytic converters, heated oxygen sensors

Unleaded premium ” 91 Octane (R+M)/2
Estimated EPA Fuel Economy
(city/hwy/combined) 24 / 34 / 28



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Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.