Typically an automobile will lose some of its more radical design elements on the road from concept to production, but Alfa Romeo has done things a little differently with the 4C... at least, that is, when it came to its headlights.

When the sports car concept first debuted at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, it had an intriguing, glowing headlight design that seemed more stylish than functional. The headlight design stayed the same when Alfa repainted the concept from matte red to liquid silver for the Frankfurt Motor Show later that year, but when the 4C debuted in production form two years after concept's first showing, its headlights weren't any less strange. If anything, they were even more so, taking on a form that only a fly's optometrist could love.

Alfa Romeo 4C CoupeThings took a more conventional (and eye-pleasing) turn earlier this month when Alfa revealed the 4C Spider concept with not only a different roofline but also a new set of headlights. Those units are expected to make their way to production when the 4C Spider is finalized, but word has it that the roadster won't be the only one to get them.

According to Autocar, the Italian automaker will offer new buyers of the 4C coupe the option to fit the Spider's headlamps instead of the strange-looking units on the hardtop model. The Spider, meanwhile, will only get the more conventional units. We've reached out to Alfa Romeo for confirmation, and have yet to hear back as we go to publish, but either way, the 4C remains – for the time being – a piece of forbidden fruit that we only wish we could get in the States as Alfa continues to plot its eventual return to the North American market.



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      ChaosphereIX
      • 9 Months Ago
      I dig they were trying to be different, but at least give us a choice with a small item like a light. Good move Alfa, you just saved the 4Cs sales.
        Slideways
        • 9 Months Ago
        @ChaosphereIX
        @Ron Watch less Top Gear and be factual please.
        Ron
        • 9 Months Ago
        @ChaosphereIX
        No... it is still far too expensive for what it is.... And it's an Alfa ... so you have to factor in the shop time and repair costs.
      Jonathan
      • 9 Months Ago
      Thank God. Those first headlights look like something you would see on a car still in the testing stage.
      Andre Neves
      • 9 Months Ago
      The newer Spyder headlights look much better. The other ones just looked a bit too TVRish IMO. http://www.mycarforum.com/uploads/post-3-1053187225.jpg http://www.spiderzrule.com/spider508/Fishing%20Spider%207-02-08%2015.JPG
      ferps
      • 9 Months Ago
      I have a lot of respect for automakers who realize they have made a design mistake and correct it. A couple of years ago Jaguar realized they screwed up the headlights on the XF and they fixed them.
        Sean
        • 9 Months Ago
        @ferps
        Oh god, the Sebring Saga. I remember that.
        tinted up
        • 9 Months Ago
        @ferps
        More like they changed the headlights back to the concept car. Hey guys lets design a car everyone wants so we can dumb it down for gen 1, fix it for gen 2, and sell double!!!
      wafflesnfalafel
      • 9 Months Ago
      I think it's neat they are offering both - but I prefer the two element version on the spider. I like interesting headlights - but the multiple LEDs on the coupe version are just kind of scattered around. Maybe they should have grouped them tighter between the upper and lower lenses or something...
      TIMMAH!
      • 9 Months Ago
      Yeah I like the more conventional headlight. Not a fan of the spider-eyes/Matrix Seeker look.
      trzjax
      • 9 Months Ago
      Fly-eyes look way more exotic. I'd go with that (with CF surrounding trim, not plastic)
      sodamninsane
      • 9 Months Ago
      The LED's and projector bulb look like the prototype headlights we see in every car companies early mule spy shots. Maybe alfa just decided to make them for production and see who loved them.
      midnitestate
      • 9 Months Ago
      i thought the originals looked strange but gave it an odd balance of beauty and werid but the new ones to fit it MUCH better...also this ver. look sexy
      GasMan
      • 9 Months Ago
      5-10 years down the road, the ones with the Spider Eyes will be more valuable because they define the car. Think split-window Vettes and tri-carb Healeys.
      sniperhunter2001
      • 9 Months Ago
      The original headlights looked like cheap aftermarket Chinese ebay lights.
      rmt_1
      • 9 Months Ago
      Thank goodness. The new headlights look at lot more like those of the original concept car, than the ones in current use on production cars. This fixes the only major blight in the 4C's appearance.
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