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Production Alfa Romeo 4C To Lose Its Carbon Fiber Body
We knew it was too good to be true: a $60,000 sports coupe weighing only 1,800 lbs.? Even with a modest 1.8-liter engine, the Alfa Romeo 4C concept boasted a sub-5-second 0-to-62 mph time and a plenty ample 155 mph top speed.
We're a little disappointed but not all that surprised to report that the 4C will lose its carbon fiber body and gain some weight in production. The price and full carbon fiber body just didn't compute, so we knew this day was coming. On the bright side, the car will only gain about 200 lbs., keeping things under 2,000 lbs. total.
According to Top Gear, Alfa will ditch the outsourced carbon tub that the concept used. The concept's tub was built by Dallara, but Alfa will build its own tub for the production version. Alfa will use its own carbon tub, but will replace some carbon frame elements with aluminum.
Alfa also plans to replace the carbon fiber body panels with a more cost-effective set of fiberglass panels. Despite the change of materials, the car will look nearly identical to the concept, which is excellent news.
The car itself may weigh a little more, but that gain will be offset by a lighter engine. Not only is the aluminum-block turbo four-cylinder that Alfa plans for the production 4C lighter, but it's more powerful, putting out up to 230 bhp. Combine that with a car that still weighs around 1,980 lbs. and you get the same general performance and value as the concept. Alfa says the car will hit 62 mph in around 4.5 seconds--every bit as quick as the concept.
So you get a very light, sporty car that looks about as good as any $200,000 + exotic. And you get it all for a targeted price of 45,000 pounds ($70K). Past rumors have indicated a mainland price of 45,000 euros ($60,000), so it should have an extremely competitive US price, making it a very intriguing option in the performance sports coupe range. I'd definitely choose it over any competitor I can think of.
The 4C will launch in 2013. Alfa is likely to be several other 4C variants including a roadster and a high-performance version in the range of 300 hp.
Posted In: Exotics, Reports
Tags: Alfa Romeo, Alfa, 4C, sports coupes, carbon fiber
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