Alfa Romeo Debuted The 4C at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show
The Attainable Supercar: All-new 2015 4C Coupe Delivers Groundbreaking Italian Design, Advanced Technological Solutions and Supercar-level Performance
There was excitement in the air during the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, thanks to Alfa Romeo using the gathering to debut the 2015 4C Coupe. The little car is what the Italian automaker calls “The Attainable Supercar” because it provides a similar experience to drivers that highly exotic cars deliver, without the steep price tag.
The car wowed attendees in the Windy City with its attractive looks. It wears the distinctive Alfa Romeo badge up front, plus a unique three-port front fascia. The muscular sides lead to dual air inlets. In the rear is a simple, sporty look that tapers off with round taillights and dual exhaust pipes. Both the 4C Coupe and 4C Launch Edition give a nod to the styling of the 1967 33 Stradale, an iconic vehicle that is also marks a proud moment in Alfa Romeo history.
The 4C also represents the superior engineering abilities of the brand, coupled with the manufacturing expertise of Maserati. Not only does it look sleek, its construction is lightweight. The outer body isn’t made of steel but Sheet Molded Compound (SMC) which is 20 percent lighter. Even better is the monocoque, which tips the scale at a mere 236 pounds because it’s made of only carbon fiber, adding to the exotic flair of the model. The innovative construction techniques bring the vehicle’s curb weight to less than 2,500 pounds, making it a lean, mean enthusiast car worthy of every bit of praise anyone heaps on it. Further connecting the 4C to other supercars is the mid-engine layout, allowing for better balance than competing vehicles with the engine positioned in the front.
The 1.75-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine is mounted transversely. It uses modern innovations like direct injection to coax out 237 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. All that power is sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed twin-clutch manual transmission for quick and predictable gear changes. Alfa Romeo says that the 4C Coupe can dash from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds, delivering a true performance experience. It can also reach an impressive top speed of 160 mph. With all of that power must come control, which is why Brembo four-piston brakes are located in the front, and all four brake discs are ventilated for predictable stopping ability.
Owners who want even more ability can go with a racing-tuned exhaust system, which puts out a deeper note. Further customization can be had with the optional Exterior Appearance package, which adds a body-colored spoiler on the rear, satin titanium side mirrors, and 18-inch wheels in the front, with 19-inch wheels added to the rear. The Convenience Group is also offered as an option, bringing with it Rear Parksense with rear parking sensors for easily maneuvering in tight situations, cruise control and a Hi-Fi Sound System with four speakers for excellent sound quality.
While the Alfa Romeo 4C is fun, it does come with some practical features. There’s a rear storage compartment located behind the seats, which can fit small items as needed. Buyers can add an optional locking storage bag mounted between the seats, providing a quick place to stash smaller items where they’re secure.
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Going with the 4C means that owners will be in an elite group. Alfa Romeo has plans to limit production, making them a hot commodity among those who appreciate fine Italian design and a vehicle that provides all-around excellent performance. The Launch Edition will be even rarer since a mere 500 will be released in the United States.