Tiny sports car with huge performance
Pictures of the Alfa Romeo 4C have been released ahead of the car's official unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show.
The tiny sports car is less than 4m long – about the same as a Ford Fiesta – but 2m wide and just 1.18m tall for cornering stability.
It promises huge performance from a 1.75-litre turbocharged all-aluminium petrol engine, with a power-to-weight ratio claimed to be more than 250bhp per tonne. The engine is an evolution of the unit already seen in the Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde. To make sure it meets the highest expectations, the car has been co-developed by Maserati alongside engineers from Alfa.
According to a statement, Alfa has designed a "revolutionary scavenging control system" that apparently reduces turbo lag to almost zero.
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Putting the power to the road through the rear wheels via a twin-clutch TCT gearbox with paddle-shift functionality, the mid-engined "compact supercar" has a chassis made entirely of carbon, which acts as an integral load-bearing structural feature.
Fitted with two bucket seats and Alfa Romeo's DNA drive select switch, with an additional "Race" mode, the 4C is intended to be easy to drive when required but dynamically brilliant at the flick of a switch.