137.1 hp per liter
(from Alfa Romeo
Press Release) World première: Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition
• The exclusive
'Launch Edition' will make its début at the Geneva Motor Show.
It will be produced as a numbered limited edition: 400 in
Europe, Africa and the Middle East, 500 in North America and 100
in the rest of the world.
• Dedicated to the host of fans throughout the world, the
limited edition of the new Alfa Romeo compact supercar is
distinguished by exclusive characteristics such as carbon fibre
trim and the 'Carrara White' body colour.
• The 4C 'Launch Edition' can be ordered straight away at a
price which is almost the same throughout Europe, 60,000 euros
including VAT (net of other local taxes).
• A unique privilege exclusively for 4C 'Launch Edition' buyers:
the chance to take part in an exclusive event in Italy which
also includes an Advanced Driving session with Professional
• New all-aluminium engine: direct-injection 240HP 1750 Turbo
• Top speed of more than 250km/h and acceleration from 0 to
100km/h in 4.5 seconds.
• Alfa TCT twin clutch transmission with shift paddles at
steering wheel and new Alfa DNA selector with additional 'Race'
The global launch of the
Alfa Romeo 4C marks the return of the brand to the world of
lightweight sports coupés, an extraordinary event, awaited ever more
eagerly by the host of fans throughout the world. The exclusive
'Launch Edition' was created just for them, a numbered limited
edition of 400 in Europe with exclusive characteristics developed
specifically for this unique version.
It makes its début today, at the 83rd Geneva International Motor
Show, where orders officially opened for the 'Launch Edition' of the
new 4C compact supercar at a price of 60,000 euros in most European
markets (price including VAT net of other local taxes). What's more,
all buyers can take part in an exclusive event which will include an
advanced driving course, to learn how to make the most of its
potential in complete safety.
The new Launch Edition can 'clothe' its body with two liveries -
Carrara White or Alfa Red - and is marked out by the distinctive
badge, inlaid beneath the paintwork. The line of the special car is
enhanced by the carbon aerodynamic kit (including spoiler and door
mirror covers), the rear aluminium diffuser with dark finishing,
Bi-LED headlights with dark surround and 18" (front) and 19" (rear)
alloy wheels with burnishing treatment.
To accentuate the sports look still further, there are front air
intakes, brake calipers in a specific colour, racing exhaust system
with BMC air cleaner and suspension kit with specific calibration
for shock absorbers and rear anti-roll bar.
The interior has the same sports feel, with highlights provided by
the leather/fabric sports seats with parts in Alcantara, as well as
the distinctive, numbered carbon badge. In the case of the red
livery, the Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition has red stitching on the
steering wheel trim, handbrake, mats, handles and sports seats.
Of course, the Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition offers all the winning
characteristics of the model that represents the essential
sportiness embedded in the 'Alfa Romeo DNA': Italian style,
performance and technical excellence, for maximum driving pleasure
in complete safety.
Designed by Alfa Romeo and produced in the Maserati plant in Modena,
the new mid-engined rear-wheel drive coupé with two bucket seats
will be become available for purchase in 2013 and will mark the
return of the Italian brand to the United States, inaugurating Alfa
Romeo's global growth plan.
The Alfa Romeo 4C derives directly from the concept which raised
many eyebrows in admiration 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).
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 non -
fitted with the powerful 'eight cylinders' and the innovative 'six
cylinders', confirming in its design layout and construction the
goal of achieving the weight/power 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
state-of-the-art 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 brand-new Race mode.
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.
The development of the 4C's exterior was characterised from the
start by the need to enhance the style of the car and the technical
characteristics both from a dynamic and aerodynamic point of view.
For this reason, all the style solutions adopted have been optimised
in accordance with the ultimate goal of the car: performance.
The rear volume, sinuous and enveloping, simultaneously encloses and
embraces the beating heart of the car: the mechanics and the engine,
visible through the rear window.
All this, thanks to the development of marked musculature above the
wheels, lends strength and power to the rear end.
The rear musculature supports its structure on round rear light
clusters and on the side air intakes necessary to cool the
intercooler and the air intake for engine aspiration.
From this energy-charged rear volume and the two side air intakes
spring the two long muscles which lend speed and dynamism to the
side, generating the necessary volume at the front end to house the
headlights and, on the central part, the two robust ribs running
along the bonnet, tracing the unmistakable "V" and coming to their
natural conclusion around the shield.
This, together with the two side intakes, forms the famous
"Trefoil", a substantial facet of Alfa Romeo's profile.
The elemental design and
essential materials also distinguish the interior, which is all
designed and built for maximum driving satisfaction.
Specifically, the carbon fibre of the central cell immediately
stands out in the interior, left in full view to enhance the sense
of low weight, technology and uniqueness of the car.
The dashboard and door panels have an "asphalt " treatment to recall
the vocation of the Alfa Romeo 4C, conceived to convey maximum
driving sensation from the road.
The seats ensure dedicated sports posture, favouring the driver's
contact with the road without, however, compromising the comfort
required for everyday use of the car.
The dashboard, simple and designed to make using functions simple
too, reaches its zenith in the concept of extreme
driver-orientation, thanks to digital instruments and gear shift
controls located on the appropriately shaped steering wheel.
The cockpit, which powerfully suggests the world of motorcycle
racing and race cars, brings together all information necessary to
drive and control the car.
The information, which is rendered captivating through powerful,
high-impact graphics, allows the driver to keep everything under
control without distractions from controls that would be superfluous
on this type of car.
The pedal unit and footboards for driver and passenger are all made
of aluminium and embellish the lower part under the dashboard,
highlighting sports character down to the smallest detail.
Dimensions and aerodynamics
The compact dimensions
make this car with 2 bucket seats truly unique among its
competitors: 399 cm long, 200 cm wide, 118 cm high and with a
wheelbase of 238 cm. These dimensions serve both to emphasise the
car's "supercar proportions" and to accentuate its agility. What's
more, owing to the designers' excellent work, the car achieves
maximum aerodynamic efficiency levels, guaranteeing a negative Cz
which, as in racing cars, contributes towards achieving increased
stability at higher speeds thanks to the aerodynamic downforce.
New direct-injection 240 HP 1750
Turbo Petrol engine
The engine is the
beating "heart" of an Alfa Romeo. In this case, it's the new
direct-injection 240 HP 4-cylinder 1750 Turbo Petrol, which was
designed with a precise objective: to ensure exceptional performance
without sacrificing driving fluidity and use in any circumstances,
from the racetrack to the city streets. The Alfa Romeo 4C's new
mid-engine, all-aluminium power unit adopts specific optimised
intake and exhaust systems, to enhance both response at low speeds
and extension, with the assistance of a crankshaft with eight
counterweights. In addition, it boasts cutting-edge technical
solutions including direct petrol injection, dual (intake and
exhaust) continuous variable valve timing, a turbocharger and a
revolutionary scavenging control system that eliminates turbo lag.
Torque delivery is generous, with a peak of 350 Nm, 80% of which is
available at only 1700 rpm.
Alfa TCT twin dry clutch
The 1750 Turbo Petrol
engine is teamed with the Alfa TCT twin dry clutch transmission,
which is a genuine benchmark in the category due to its limited
weight and extreme speed of activation. The gears can be changed in
sequential mode using the "shift paddles" located behind the
steering wheel. Compared to the version already adopted on the
Giulietta and MiTo models, the TCT on the Alfa Romeo 4C implements
next-generation software and features the new 'Launch Control'
function that optimises all car systems to provide the utmost
acceleration possible. What's more, to ensure the best performance
in accordance with the road conditions and driving style, the Alfa
TCT adopts optimised operating logic, interacting with the Alfa DNA
selector, the braking system, the engine management system and the
vehicle stability control system. For example, in automatic mode,
the shifting logic differs according to the Alfa DNA setting.
The new Alfa DNA selector with
A specific evolution of
the Alfa DNA selector has been developed for Alfa Romeo 4C, which
not only features the three standard settings available on other
models in the range - Dynamic, Natural and All Weather - but also a
fourth mode: 'Race', designed to enhance the driving experience on a
racetrack even further. It only takes a long press of the selector
in Dynamic position to activate it: in this mode, the Alfa DNA
deactivates the stability control and anti-slip systems, leaving the
driver in full, exciting control. Finally, the full-digital
instrument panel with TFT display changes configuration - showing
only information relevant to the chosen mode - and colour in line
with the Alfa DNA setting: yellow for Race, red for Dynamic, grey
for Natural and blue for All Weather.
Solid but lightweight structure
A stiff, strong but
light structure is an essential pre-requisite for a high-performance
sports car. The same principle inspired the creation of the Alfa
Romeo 4C. A state-of-the-art combination of hi-tech materials of
extraordinary stiffness and strength, together with a very low
specific weight, was selected to achieve this result. In particular,
the chassis is a monocoque made entirely of carbon fibre with 'pre-preg'
technology derived from Formula 1 and adopted only by the most
advanced supercars, which weighs only 65 kilograms, inside which a
space is formed for the driver and passenger. The front and rear
structures of the chassis and the roof reinforcements are made
entirely of aluminium.
Additionally, the car's bodywork is made entirely of low-density,
high-strength composite material. Benefits of using this material
include lighter weight (it is 20% lighter than steel) and resistance
to corrosion. Dimensional stability is comparable to steel and
better than aluminium.
Finally, the seats have a mixed carbon fibre and fibreglass
structure which guarantees high resistance to stresses and a
particularly low weight at the same time.
The final result is a significant reduction in overall weight (the
dry weight is just 895 kg) combined with the best possible torsional
stiffness and strength characteristics, as well as the optimisation
of the car's centre of gravity, which gives the advantage of
increased agility and drivability on the most challenging roads.
The Alfa Romeo 4C has an
extremely sophisticated suspension layout - 'superimposed wishbones'
at the front, development of MacPherson at the rear - to ensure
maximum agility and road holding. This solution, along with the
rear-wheel drive and the extraordinary weight to power ratio,
ensures Alfa Romeo driving pleasure, enhanced even further by the
weight distribution (40% on the front axle and 60% on the rear
axle). What's more, for those wanting the maximum in terms of
handling, a complete suspension kit will be available with a
specific calibration of the shock absorbers and rear anti-roll bar.
Braking system, wheels and
To ensure decisive
braking even under the most intensive conditions, the braking system
has four self-ventilating perforated discs, with Brembo four-piston
aluminium calipers on the front axle. In addition, to "stick" the
car firmly onto the road surface, tyres with a different diameter
and width depending on whether they are fitted at the front or rear
have been fitted (two variants possible, either 17"-18" or 18"-19")
which were developed especially to guarantee excellent performance
(a kit of tyres with a softer mix is also provided for optimised
grip). In line with the car's setup, the steering system of the 4C
does not feature power steering, to save weight but above all to
secure a superlative driving feel. An appropriate steering wheel
load is maintained thanks to the low overall weight of the car.
Real supercar performance
state-of-the-art technical and technological solutions drive the
Alfa Romeo 4C to reach real supercar performance with a unique
driving feel. This is demonstrated by a top speed in excess of 250
km/h, only 4.5 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h, 1.1 of side
acceleration on corners and 1.25 g of maximum braking deceleration.
Excellence made in Italy
The very best technical
and industrial expertise of the Alfa Romeo and Maserati brands was
used to develop the Alfa Romeo 4C. Specifically, the teamwork
between the two brands was aimed at the integration of the Alfa
Romeo design department with the Maserati production plant. This was
boosted by the technical and technological contribution of other
Italian companies, international leaders in the sector of
high-performance sports car components. 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.