Finally, after what seems like a decade, Alfa Romeo’s new sports car, the 4C, is ready to be seen and heard for the first time by the public. They recently flew a number of top auto journalists to Italy to drive the car. Our favorite Chris Harris was one of them.
This is the first time we get to see the 4C under the sun, and the first time we see it on the move. So we best waste no time then. One Chris Harris, one Alfa Romeo 4C review. Hit it:
Performance highlights: The new ‘4 cylinder’ 1750 Turbo Petrol with direct injection at 200 bar that achieves performance of absolute excellence is making its début on the Alfa Romeo 4C. Torque and specific power set new records for this size of engine at over 200 Nm/l and 137 HP/l, respectively, while maximum power of 240 HP (176 kW) is reached at 6000 rpm. The maximum torque of 350 Nm ensures its extraordinary elasticity and sportiness since it is maintained constant between 2100 and 4000 rpm, but 80% of the torque is already available at just 1800 rpm.
Fitted out like this, the compact supercar registers exceptional results both during pick-up and when accelerating. The Alfa Romeo 4C goes from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds and develops a top speed of over 250 km/h. Driving pleasure is magnified by the full, rich sound of the exhaust, where the low frequencies and classic roar have been emphasised. This impressive level of performance has been achieved with minimum impact on the environment. Thanks to multiple injection control and advanced anti-friction and energy loss reduction systems, the emissions of the Alfa Romeo 4C fall well within the strict limits of Euro 6.