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Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition Will be Made in 1,000 Units, Cost €60,000 in Europe [w/Video]

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It was no secret that the 4C would make its world debut at the 83rd Geneva Motor Show, yet Alfa Romeo still managed to spring a surprise. That’s because the compact sports coupe was actually launched in the exclusive – ahem - “Launch Edition”.

This model will be manufactured in just 1,000 numbered units: 400 are earmarked for Europe, Africa and Middle East, 500 for North America and 100 for the rest of the world. Alfa Romeo announced that the 4C “Launch Edition” will be priced at €60,000 (US$78,000) across all European markets, including VAT but excluding local taxes, and is available to order immediately (no word on U.S. pricing yet).

Buyers of the “Launch Edition” can choose between two body colors, Carrara White or Alfa Red, while the carbon aero kit, Bi-LED headlights with dark surround, dark-finished rear aluminum diffuser and 18-inch front and 19-inch rear alloys in burnishing finish come as standard.

Moreover, there’s a racing exhaust system with a BMC air filter, a specially calibrated suspension kit and specific color for the brake calipers on the outside, and a leather/fabric/Alcantara seat upholstery and red stitching on the steering wheel, handbrake, seats, handles and mats.

Measuring 399 cm long, 200 cm wide and 118 high and riding on a 238 cm wheelbase, the 4C features a carbon fiber monocoque chassis that weighs only 65 kg and a mid-engined, rear-wheel drive layout.

Power comes from a 1.75-liter turbocharged aluminum engine that puts out 236HP (240PS) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque at just 1,700 rpm, which are directed to the rear wheels via a six-speed dual-clutch transmission and a limited-slip differential.

The TCT gearbox uses a next-generation software and sports a launch control mode. The 4C accelerates from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 4.5 seconds and its top speed exceeds 250 km/h (155 mph). It achieves 1.1g of lateral acceleration and 1.25 g of maximum braking deceleration, the latter thanks to the four ventilated and perforated Brembo discs that sport four-piston aluminum calipers at the front.

Suspension is by superimposed wishbones at the front and MacPherson struts at the rear, while the weight distribution is 40/60 front/rear respectively.

Surprisingly, the 4C’s steering does not feature power assistance of any kind. According to Alfa Romeo, this choice has been made not only in the name of paring weight but also “to secure a superlative driving feel”.

By Andrew Tsaousis


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11 Comments:

Egeszege said... »March 05, 2013

Prize is sick. Just compare it to GT-R.

Ivan said... »March 05, 2013

Dude, compare it to the cayman better. This car is sick! Way better and more innovative than the cayman.

jh said... »March 05, 2013

what about those headlights???? come on alfa - you can't keep screwing a good concept up, every time you present one.... (and this one wasn't even that great anyways). but i like the idea: low weight (how much is it? did alfa state that as well?), small car, small engine, no powersteering (i think this was a great decision)... all that ads up! except the design (i know a lot of people will disagree, but on the other hand a lot of people think vauxhalls are good looking cars... ) - in the future, let pininfarina or bertone do the design... alfa's design studio just isn't the same anymore :(

Yoyo said... »March 05, 2013

Are they serious with those headlights? Those are terrible. I hope they reconsider them. It's a car I'm considering but not at all with those headlights.

Yoyo said... »March 05, 2013

Only 1000 will be made for the world? Great. No, no great.

sc44 said... »March 05, 2013

a manual A/C and an after market radio ... For a 60 000€ cars !! What were they thinking of .... And those stupid headlights

SamuraiJack said... »March 05, 2013

Headlights look like spider eyes

Anonymous said... »March 05, 2013

Get those creepy eyes off the beauty please. They look like blisters and are extremely gross. I was interested in your car but now totally turned down by those disgusting headlamps!!!

sivio said... »March 05, 2013

You will need a slave in the garage to clean those headlights every time you come back from a trip!

europeon said... »March 05, 2013

Cayman is tried and true while the 4C has yet to prove it doesn't suffer from the usual Alfa quirks and it's has the performance worthy of the name, but it will have a hard time proving that with that stupid fugly design.
And yes, I am an Alfa owner.

jh said... »March 10, 2013

sadly the design is based on the wishes of american and asian customers.... that might explain the so-called design language. i know there are others, but to be honest, i think neither americans nor asian have a great taste in car design. they even managed to make the new corvette interior look somewhat cheap - even with premium materials.
but europe is done for. and in another decade the same will probably have happened to the us - then every car is design for the asian market. bye,bye passion (japanese cars excluded - even if most of them aren't lookers, they know what they are doing and what they are doing it for!).


ps. i'm not against anyone from any nation, just to make sure, noone gets me wrong.


(i was born into an alfa - family, but sadly can't call myself an alfisti, since i just didn't have the cash to get a v6 and - in my opinion - everything that followed the 8c is just a shame (mito, giulietta, 159 - come on, a crued joke).
and while the 4c design is growing on me (at least a little bit), it could have been lightyears better...

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