The Alfa Romeo 4C, the brands latest creation, will make its debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show early next month. The rear-wheel drive coupe gets its name from ‘four cylinders’ with inspiration derived from the 8C and 6C race cars from the 1930’s and 1940’s. The Alfa Romeo 4C was designed and produced at the Maserati plant in Modena, Italy, and marks the return of the brand to the U.S. as well as Alfa Romeo’s global growth plan.
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Although Alfa Romeo has not provided performance figures yet, it is known that the 4C will be powered by the new 4-cylinder 1750 Turbo Petrol engine which features direct fuel injection, dual continuous variable valve timing, a turbocharger and a revolutionary scavenging control system that eliminates turbo lag. The engine will be mated to an Alfa TCT automatic twin dry-clutch transmission with manual switching made possible with shift paddles behind the steering wheel.
The Alfa Romeo 4C for the first time debuts the new Alfa DNA selector with four driving modes including Dynamic, Natural, All Weather and Race, depending on the driver’s preferences.
The overall design was influenced by iconic models of the past, but most notably, the 33 Stradale played a major role in terms of dimensions and layout, which combined mechanical and functional requirements that ‘clothed’ the engine and chassis in unmistakable Alfa Romeo treatments. The Alfa Romeo 4C reflects compact size, agility and dynamism. The interior is designed and built for maximum driving pleasure and the central cell is made from carbon fibre to enhance the sense of uniqueness.
The Alfa Romeo 4C is 4 metres in length, 2 metres wide and stands 1.18 metres tall with a wheel base of 2.4 metres. The dimensions emphasise the compact nature of the vehicle and accentuates its agility.
Further details will be made available when the Alfa Romeo 4C makes its debut at the Geneva Motor Show on 5 March 2013.