Alfa Romeo 4C
At Geneva Motor Show in 2011, Alfa Romeo for the first time showed a concept of future compact sporty coupe 4C, but the production version made its debut just two years later, in the same place – at the exhibition in the Swiss capital. Compared with the concept, commodity option Alfa Romeo 4C looks virtually unchanged, except perhaps some other lighting and mirrors. Overall length of 2-door Alfa Romeo is slightly less than four meters, width - 2000 mm, height - 1810 mm, and the wheelbase is 2400 mm.
Abbreviation 4C is originated from the glorious past of the brand Alfa Romeo and its sporting traditions, although only indicates the number of cylinders. In the period between 1920 and 1960, in races Alfa Romeo cars glittered with the index 6C, today, this role is holded by Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione. What's new rear-drive coupe to a mid-engine layout, its acronym 4C indicates a 1.8 petrol engine with turbocharging, direct injection and variable valve timing. This completely aluminum engine of 1750 "cubes" carries a 240 hp and 350 nm, with 80% of torque available from 1700 rev / min. Oh, it would be so symbolic if Alfa Romeo 4C accelerates to hundreds in 4 seconds, but alas the coupe requires half second more.
Alfa Romeo 4C - the brainchild of designer Lorenzo Ramachoti hands who, according to him was inspired by the image of the legendary coupe Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale, shining in the sixties of the last century. The sporty coupe turned out incredibly attractive, moderately aggressive and neat. In its appearance there is no unnecessary detail, and all the stamps and reliefs not only play the role of a designer, but also actively participate in the formation of air flow, forcing Alfa Romeo 4C literally glued to the track, ensuring unforgettable feelings during any trip.
As befits a real supercar, the basis of new Alfa 4C is covered with carbon fiber monocoque, which weighs only 65 pounds. Parts of the chassis and fastenings of a roof are made from aluminum, and the body is completely made of low-density and high-strength composite, which is 20% lighter than steel. Thanks to compound advanced materials the net weight of the car is only 895 kg. Such a small mass, by the way, allowed to refuse the amplifier of a wheel that improved controllability.
In total Alfa Romeo plans to release only 2,500 coupe 4C for the price as low as around $60,000 - $65,000. Sales of the new product launched in the late 2013th, and this model was the first in the line, which the Italian company back to the U.S. market. To the U.S market is planned to deliver a thousand cars, a thousand will be sold in Europe, and the remaining five will be distributed to the markets of other countries.
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