This year at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show we will finally see the long-awaited Alfa Romeo 4C in full production trim. The latest leaked info suggest the 4C will launch with 237 horsepower, and will soon be joined by a Roadster version.
The engine is not changed in the production model, and is the same 1.8 liter four-cylinder turbocharged unit as promised back in 2011. But instead of 200 hp, it is said to make around 240 in the base model. That results in a 0 to 100 m/h time of around 5 seconds and a top speed of 250 km/h.
Those are decent performance numbers for a car with 240 horsepower. The reason the 4C is so fast despite its lowly power is because it is light, very light. Thanks to a blend of carbon and aluminum, Alfa 4C weighs no more than 850 kg.
As mentioned, the 4C will be followed by a Roadster version, which is definitely something to look forward to, but not the hottest version of the car. There is a road-legal track-ready Stradale model with up to 270 horsepower in the works.
Everything we are hearing about the Alfa 4C is heartwarming, except the production number. It is not confirmed, but sources say Alfa Romeo is going to make only 2000 units of the 4C, half of them Roadsters. That will invariably influence the price tag.
The 4C is supposed to cost between 56,000 to 64,000 Euro. But if they decide to limit the production, it can go up to even a 100 grand. Alfa has spent a lot of time and money developing this car, how are they going to make money on it with only 2,000 production units? It doesn’t make sense.