Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe Dropped Only In US, 4C Spider Lives On With Additional Equipment (Updated)

Update: Alfa Romeo communication manager Berj Alexanian told Carscoops that the 4C Coupe will continue to be offered international markets and will remain on sale in the United States while supplies last.

Alexanian also noted that the 2019 4C Spider – which runs from 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds – will be offered with additional standard equipment including a “rear back-up camera, rear park sensors, cruise control and simplified packaging, along with extensive customization options.”

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The Alfa Romeo 4C was designed to put the brand back on the map but the car has been largely overlooked as buyers continue to flock to the Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman.

While there have been conflicting reports about the car’s future, Motor Authority recently talked to Alfa Romeo 4C product manager Danny Britt who confirmed the coupe variant will be discontinued after the 2018 model year. It remains unclear if this only applies to the United States market but the 4C Spider will live on.

The decision to drop the coupe will have a significant impact on pricing as the publication says the 2019 4C Spider will start at $66,900. That’s $11,000 more than the 2018 4C Coupe which starts at $55,900.

Besides costing a $1,000 more than last year’s Spider, the 2019 model will come with additional standard equipment including a rearview camera. However, the optional Track Package will be dropped and be replaced by the same components which will be offered individually as options.

It remains unclear why Alfa Romeo decided to drop the Coupe and focus on the Spider, but it’s possible the latter model is more popular with consumers. Regardless of the company’s reasoning, the 4C has been a slow seller even by affordable halo car standards.

Carsalesbase data shows the company only sold 406 units in the United States last year and has only moved 95 units through May of this year. Things are slightly better in Europe as Alfa Romeo sold 871 4Cs on the continent in 2017.

 

 

While the 4C Coupe appears dead, Alfa Romeo has already announced plans to offer a new GTV and 8C by 2022. The latter model is slated to have a mid-mounted twin-turbo engine powering the rear wheels and an electric motor up front. This will enable the model to accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in less than three seconds and have a combined output in excess of 700 hp (522 kW / 710 PS).

Of course, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles typically over promises and under delivers so there’s no guarantee that either model will actually see the light of day.

 

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  • Mr. EP9

    No surprise there.

  • LeStori

    Even though I am an Alfa Romeo enthusiast, I would buy the Porsche Cayman over the 4c for one very good reason. One is a trackable road car the other a track day car that’s roadable.

  • Merc1

    I can see that. If I were buying this car, the roadster would be the obvious choice.

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    • Belthronding

      only for this , absolutejy

  • jaykit

    The pricing is way off. Not sure what warrants $60K+ here. More like a modern MR2, not a Porsche anything.

    Put this at $40k and the whole game changes. Bet it would still make money there too unless I am missing something.

    • Matt

      Do you know what the 4C is made of?

      • Status

        World-famous Italian automotive unreliability and poor quality?

        • Salih Ahzem

          I think Matt was referring to carbon fiber construction

      • jaykit

        I obviously did not know it was cf construction. There’s the problem then and thus the reason it will be cancelled. Too high of a cost leading to too high of a price that generates terrible sales. Keep the looks, take all of the crazy cf out and replace with aluminum, etc. Too late for that though.

  • ErnieB

    Only tiny people fit in it.. you can’t get in or out without losing a kidney ..

    • I’m a tall and large person and I can fit in it easily. I can’t say the same with Elise though.

  • 2sfhim

    Unfortunately it doesn’t stand a chance against the slightly less focusd new Alpine A110

    • 4C don’t even stand a chance in terms of dynamic and engine to established players like Boxster/Cayman. 4C used to be alternative for those who wants more exotic flavor. But A110 is dynamically more superior to Porsche and that’s a strong seller point. (But ofc Porsche excels in quality, gadget and price)

  • 4C has always been flawed, it’s not as comfortable as Porsche nor as extreme as Elise, sure it appealed for those who wants exotic car in their garage but with new A110 (at least in Europe) give you more excuse on not to buy this.

    • Infinite1

      I agree, I’d rather have the new A110. It’s the better car inside and out in my opinion

  • Astonman

    I think the car would look better if the back end was stretched another 10″. It’s pretty in certain angles. I think they’ll be a collectors item in 20 years since so few were made. I’d like to see someone like stretch this and add a V8 like Hennessey did to the Elise. That would be one sexy car!

  • Mynameis Taylor

    why do they like this car? I don’t think it’s good looking and the interior looks low budget

  • Mike anonymous

    I know it’s because there bringing in a more luxurious sports/super car exotic into their line-up (as stated by the Alfa Romeo brand & FCA a little while ago),.. but I’m actually a little bit sad to see it go. I for one actually liked the 4C as a car.

    it had so much potential when it was shown off as a concept vehicle in 2013 (shown below),

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/48c3c832725a11891c8ee75a4853bebf3fe1355cbb64089ee605a306b1348c94.png

    and though the production version differed heavily from the concept internally (it looked pretty much the same externals aside from the mirrors & head/tail lamps),… It was a vehicle I really loved. I am excited for the future, but I am also sad to hear this news, and see the 4C go.

  • Matthew Boyd

    I know why, the closed top coupe is too small, it can’t fit average sized people in it, well average sized Americans. We tend to be a lot larger than most nations on average. If you’ve ever drove, sat in or attempted to sit in one…yeah, you know what I’m talking about. The whole product line isn’t doing well here anyways especially with having no option for power steering. Track only. I’m trying to remember if the car even has carpet.

  • DMJ

    Alfa Romeo had a target of selling 1000 4Cs every year worldwide, I just dont remeber if it was Coupe only or coupe+roadster.

  • LIZ THE SHIZ

    4C you later and take Sergio with you !

  • lagunas3ca

    +1

    • Matt

      Wow this guy is deliberately trolling with hyperbole and untruths and you’re agreeing with him. Guess you’re all for less choice in the car market?

      • lagunas3ca

        It’s funny because it’s true. Caught your attention, didn’t it? I admire this vehicle and you can tell by my comment from the CS article about it back in December. However, if you understood its history, provided you simply don’t, then you would find it humorous too.

        • Matt

          It’s not true though… he was trolling.

          If you think the Guilia and Stelvio are ‘a joke’, then you probably wouldn’t be impressed with anything Alfa does.

          Having three Alfa’s in the family, I know their history…

  • Richard Alexander

    Needs the v6 from the Ghibli. There are 2 reasons why i picked that v6 and not the unit from the Giulia: 1. The Ghibli v6 is a 60degree; woukd probably fit better than the 90 degree Ferrari derived Guilia motor and 2: it has to be much cheaper because it has a Pentastar block (but dont tell your neighbor leasing the Ghibli that his motor is related to the one inthe Pacifica; he might cry all over his pink pants….)

    • I remember the interview with someone from Alfa and said that the engine bay is too tight for everything, and making 4C with bigger engine would be hard… that said it didn’t stop some Italians to fit engine as big as V8 in the back of 4C.

  • haji

    Still no power assisted steering wheel. Which makes it even cooler.

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