In advance of the Alfa Romeo 4C going on sale in the US for the 2014 model year, it looks like engineers are getting some time with the coupe on American soil. This new set of spy photographs was captured on Michigan roads and it happens to give us our best look yet at the Alfa's interior.

Alfa Romeo 4C interior spy shotThe driver may have been trying to block the lens of our intrepid shooter, but we still come away from these spy shots with some interesting information about the 4C. The prototype utilizes a pushbutton transmission, with no gear lever at all. A button labeled "A/M" would seem to indicate both an automatic and a manual mode, which would lead us to believe that paddle shifters are hiding behind the steering wheel. That same center console has a large metal switch which looks like it could be used to toggle between drive modes, too. The hazard-light button, window controls and side-view mirror controls all get premium real estate on the center console, too.

The gauge cluster in this 4C is completely digital, and seems very much like other reconfigurable units we've seen from Jaguar, Cadillac and others. As configured for these images, the display shows a prominent tachometer with a 6,500 rpm redline and a numeral readout for speed in the center. Again, we'd expect that all or part of this screen could be adjusted to suit an owner's preferences.

Finally, the in-cabin shots reveal a rather interesting mix of high and low-tech stuff. In addition to the modal ride control (probably) and fancy display, we spy what appears to be a pretty standard head unit for the media controls (likely no navigation in this example), a traditional key in the ignition, a standard manual hand brake, and a general theme of simplicity throughout. While we've no doubt that the Alfa sports car will offer more goodies than we're seeing in these photos, this test car does make us hopeful for a de-contented, basic version with, presumably, a more reasonable starting price.


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      canuckcharlie
      • 1 Year Ago
      please take your spy pics without interferring people\'s work!
      m_2012
      • 1 Year Ago
      From a month ago, well done!
      • 1 Year Ago
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        lostboyz
        • 1 Year Ago
        What are you talking about? The concept was debuted at geneva in 2011, so just two years ago. Remember the GT86 and it's 5 concepts prior to production? It was debuted in 2009 and just came out this past year.
        • 1 Year Ago
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          Umer
          • 1 Year Ago
          No. You are referring to the DIVA here and that has nothing at all to do with the 4C.
      m_2012
      • 1 Year Ago
      I see they found a use for all the Lotus spares.
      chirowolf
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks very much like a Lotus Evora to me. When i first glanced at the photos I was thinking "They are doing a refresh to the Evora already?" Looking like a Evora is a good thing. If Alfa Romeo can make it handle like Lotus it will be an AWESOME thing.
        Stirling Matheson
        • 1 Year Ago
        @chirowolf
        Lenscrafters is running a 2 for 1 special right now.
          gtv4rudy
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Stirling Matheson
          If anything, Lotus would the copy cat.
          chirowolf
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Stirling Matheson
          just noticed autoblog posted today they see alot of "Lotus" in the greenhouse. Evo magazine has posted similar remarks. Make sure you get yourself a couple of spares for yourself. Not sure why all the hate for Lotus. but this thread has downvoted anyone who has mentioned Lotus.
      dss10
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am slightly saddened, It does not look like a manual shift would fit......
        1STH
        • 1 Year Ago
        @dss10
        manual? it's not 1985. dual clutch or BUST!
          tump
          • 1 Year Ago
          @1STH
          1STH, you would be wrong. But for sports cars - an automatic is not for a sports car - DSG or not (Faster shifts are not worth the massive fun loss.)
          1STH
          • 1 Year Ago
          @1STH
          Tump: i have 2 cars. one manual and one dual clutch...have driven manuals for years. i'm quite sure you've never owned a car with a dual clutch....
          1STH
          • 1 Year Ago
          @1STH
          tump: a dual clutch gearbox in manual mode is AS MANUAL as any manual gearbox...in fact there is nothing 'automatic' about it. If you had experience in this, you'd know. You would also know that EVERY RACE CAR in the world today is running a sequention OR dual clutch gearbox. The manual gearbox is dead in performance or race car driving.
          dss10
          • 1 Year Ago
          @1STH
          And when your dual clutch busts you have to replace it as a unit....... I know they shift faster but I will allways shift better.......
        Umer
        • 1 Year Ago
        @dss10
        They say it is for packaging reasons that they want to keep the dual-clutch; not enough space to get a manual in, I don't think. Not enough demand either, I'm sure.
      m_2012
      • 1 Year Ago
      hmm, lets get pictures of the interior, and then blur the plate JUST enough to get someone fired. A month fiddling around in paint and you couldn't do any better??
      Thipps
      • 1 Year Ago
      does anyone know a ball part figure of the price? I think we can never have to many sports cars but Just wish it was a little toned down styling wise like the 8C. that and what designer put the feature line in the middle of the door? 50/50 visually is almost never good, i guess thats why i am not in love with the R8
        LynxFX
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Thipps
        It is expected to be in the $55k range.
        Hello, Brian
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Thipps
        The latest has bumped the price to around $69K...up from the original projection of around $55K.
      Ville
      • 1 Year Ago
      "That same center console has a large metal switch which looks like it could be used to toggle between drive modes, too." That is the DNA selector, found in current Alfas such as MiTo and Giulietta.
        Rick
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ville
        Yes, you're right, i own a giulietta. It changes drive modes from normal to dynamic or all weather...
      Umer
      • 1 Year Ago
      There won't be much "additional spec" on the 4C because Alfa are desperate to keep it lightweight.
      Ae Neuman
      • 1 Year Ago
      first thing alfa should do it get rid of their dopey dna system. it is crap !
      wsbfan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Where's the engine in this thing? I hope that's a true dual-clutch trans.
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