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Alfa’s 4C The Motorised Equivalent of Your Sweetest Fantasy

I’ve never been a big Alfa fan, but there’s something about the sexy new Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe sportscar that just makes me want to yell shut up and take my money.

It’s an Alfa, which builds on its Italian heritage and which encompasses the curvaceous lines that we have come to know of other Italian makes such as the Lamborghini and a Ferrari.

The 4C Coupe is a small, rear wheel drive 2-seater coupe comparable in size to the Alfa Romeo MiTo running on a 1.7 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, with an aluminium block and head producing 240bph partnered with a 6-speed dual clutch automatic transmission.

Alfa released a video highlighting the process involved in producing the 4c, and a very interesting video it was.

Starting with the carbon fibre monocoque chassis and the sequential steps involved in assembling the complete vehicle, a synthesis of machine and man. The outcome of which is a well-crafted vehicle which is poised to take the hearts of many.

Weight was an absolute obsession when it came to the 4C; aluminium is used for things like the door, roof and other structural components; metal and SMC (Sheet Moulding Compound), was used for the body and other parts, ensuring that this little beauty weighs in at just 895Kg.

To achieve this weight Alfa pulled out all the stops to get the job done with nifty ideas like the use of thinner glass and, PUR-RIM (injected polyurethane), for the bumpers and wings.

Front brake disc weight was also reduced by the use of aluminium for the bell and cast iron ring gear. The fact that this little car only weighs 895kg will guarantee a gut wrenching, spine spanking thrust-to-weight ratio. Something that gets me just as excited as the sound of a brute V8 flaunting what its moma gave him!

The 4C was developed by Dallara Automobili in Italy and will have some similarities to the Alfa Giulietta and Dodge Dart.

Performance wise, we are looking at 0-100km/p acceleration in 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 258 km/h.

Inside you have two body hugging bucket seats with all controls positioned towards the driver, a flat-bottom steering wheel and aluminium pedals. The centre console only has the most needed push-button transmission controls and driving mode selectors.

Multiple link suspension at the front and MacPherson strut in the rear, combined with Pirelli P Zero tyres keeps the 4C on the road with ventilated Brembo disc brakes in all corners; 305 millimetres in the front, and 292 millimetres at the rear.

The Alfa Romeo 4C will be sold in South Africa, exclusively by select Alfa Romeo dealerships. The starting price fror the 4C will be a whopping R799000.

However astronomical the pricing may be for this Alfa, personally I believe the 4C is the motorised equivalent of Jared Leto in my kitchen, wearing just an apron…


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