Alfa Romeo Against the Competition vs Porsche Boxer/Audi TT
The Alfa Romeo 4C is the new kid on the block when it comes to the United States car market. A lot of people are still trying to size the vehicle up, wondering how it compares to other options out there. The truth is that while some competing models can be impressive, none offer the same kind of compelling package as the Alfa Romeo 4C.
To help you see who the 4C stacks up against the competition, check out how it measures up to the Porsche Boxster and Audi TT. The other two models have a reputation for being small and sporty, making them a perfect way to show why car buyers should seriously consider the Alfa Romeo.
When it comes to power and performance, the Alfa Romeo 4C has the clear advantage. Its turbocharged 1.7-liter four-cylinder engine puts out a healthy 237 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque, outdoing the TT in peak horsepower and the Boxster in torque, despite having a smaller engine than either one. Power is then transferred to the rear wheels using an automated-clutch manual transmission, giving the driver excellent control and making gear changes happen smoothly.
While the 4C is pretty evenly matched when it comes to horsepower and torque output, the car is a standout when it comes to actual acceleration. The Alfa Romeo can go from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 4.2 seconds. The Porsche can do the same thing a half a second slower. Even worse is the Audi, which makes the same run in 5.3 seconds. Because the Boxster and TT have larger engines, plus other heavy components, they simply can’t keep up.
The explosive acceleration ability of the 4C is due in large part to the car’s low curb weight, which comes in at under 2,500 pounds. That gives the vehicle a 10.4:1 weight-to-power ratio, allowing it to rocket forward and leave the competition far behind. Engineers have worked tirelessly to lighten the vehicle in every way possible. Aluminum is used in the roof structure, crash support pieces and suspension components, while the occupant “tub” is made of carbon fiber.
Handling is excellent behind the wheel of the 4C, thanks in part to the low weight that’s distributed fairly evenly between the front and rear portion of the car. The front suspension has a control arm setup, while the rear uses struts. As a result, the little Alfa Romeo can hug turns in the road in a way that’s completely otherworldly when compared to the TT and Boxster.
When it comes to aesthetics, the 4C is still the big winner. Beauty is subjective to a point, which is why there are a variety of designs on vehicles today. Still, there’s no denying that Alfa Romeo has created a vehicle that looks far more exotic and exciting than the TT and Boxster. While the Porsche has a mid-engine setup, only the 4C shows off its powerplant proudly through a window, just like fellow Italian automaker Ferrari is prone to do. The exterior has a sleek appearance that can’t be mistaken for any other car on the road today. As for the interior, it oozes motorsports with a flat-bottom steering wheel, racing-inspired seats and overall minimalist vibe. It’s the closest you can get to driving an exotic midengine racecar on the road, without spending six digits. The Porsche and Audi are plusher but are also less razor-sharp, meaning they simply don’t deliver the same kind of experience.
Another big advantage of the 4C is exclusivity. The Audi TT and Porsche Boxster have both become fairly common on U.S. roads. If you want a way stand apart from the crowd, Alfa Romeo is only sending 1,200 4Cs to the United States market. Purchasing one makes it fairly likely that nobody else you know will have have the same vehicle.