Insider: Alfa Romeo 4C gets 240PS / 270PS, Racing, Stradale & Roadster Variants Confirmed


Sergio Marchionne’s ambitious plan for the resurrection of Alfa Romeo calls for no less than six new models for launch in the U.S. market until the end of 2016. The thing is that, four of them are earmarked for 2015 and one for 2016, leaving just one model for this year: the 4C mid-engine sports coupe.

Thanks to a CarScoop reader who happens to be a Swiss dealer and who attended an Alfa Romeo meeting earlier this month, we are in a position to share several new details about the production 4C that will likely be presented at the Geneva Motor Show next month.

Contrary to initial reports that its 1.7-liter turbocharged inline-four could put out as much as 300-horses, Alfa Romeo officials told dealers that its output will be 240PS or 237hp for the base model, the same as in the Giulietta QV from which it is borrowed.

If a four-cylinder sounds inappropriate for an Italian supercar, the carbon fiber chassis will keep the weight low, though, we assume it will be more than the 850 kg (1,874 pounds) that were announced for the concept model and which theoretically give the 4C an impressively lower power-to-weight ratio of 3.5 kg/PS.

Nevertheless, it should be able to keep up with other mid-engine sports cars like the new 275PS (271hp) Porsche Cayman and perhaps even the Cayman S which, despite boasting 325PS (321hp), is much heavier at 1,320 kg (2,910 pounds) and has a power to weight ratio of 3,78 kg/PS.

Moreover, our source said that Alfa is targeting a price between €56,000 and €64,000 (equal to US$76,400-$87,300 at today's rates), depending on the trim level, in Switzerland.

This means that the 4C will be priced closer to the base 275PS Cayman, which costs €57,500 (US$79,000) in Switzerland rather than the 325PS Cayman S, which at €71,230 (US$97,300) is far more expensive. To get an idea of what it may cost in the States, the base Cayman has an MSRP of $52,600, and Cayman S, $63,800.

Even if signore Marchionne doesn't change his mind on the 4C pricing policy, he probably won’t have a problem shifting all the cars Alfa will make.

That’s because, according to our insider, North American and European production will be limited to just 2,000 units, equally split between the coupe (1,000 units) and the roadster model (1,000 units) that was also confirmed during the Alfa Romeo dealer meeting.

This number also includes the track-only “Racing” version as well as the road-legal Stradale, both of which will be introduced in 2014 featuring a more potent engine delivering 270PS (266hp).

Last, but certainly not least, having recently snapped a lightly camouflaged test car, we know that the production 4C will remain faithful to the gorgeous concept in terms of design and will also retain its compact dimensions, with only subtle changes such as the shape of the rear diffuser and the exterior mirrors.

By Andrew Tsaousis





Ziga Radsel said... »February 02, 2013

They are making 2,500 cars a year. 1,000 for USA, 1,000 for Europe and 500 for the rest of the world.


Ziga Radsel said... »February 02, 2013

and the engine is not the same as in Giulietta. It's an all new aluminium one.

Calo said... »February 02, 2013

Probably, the 237hp engine is made to avoid the higher taxation rate due, in Italy, for the higher powered cars. Although, this french news isn't talking about less than 250hp:

Ricardo E Callado said... »February 03, 2013

This is good news for the miata! finally a 200+ hp miata

Kaveh Ghavim said... »February 03, 2013

Sounds cool, but they been delaying Alfa Romeo in the USA so long I think we might just end up with rebadge cars like Lancia.

Ivan Delev said... »February 03, 2013

Sooo you mean to tell that the Chrysler 300 is a Lancia? You really believe that this kinda chump can be created by the carmaker that is famous for one of the most elegant vehicles of all time? It is pure american crap which borrowed italian leather only, lol!

Ziga Radsel said... »February 04, 2013

This car has nothing to do with miata. It's not the new spider which is to be based on next gen miata as that car will be introduced in 2015 and as the name suggests it'll be a spider. This is just a halo car for Alfa Romeo to get the USA a taste of what's coming. Now I don't know how they're going to follow of on this one but with rumors about basing a flagship model on the upcoming Maserati Ghibli they may just do it.

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