With 240 horsepower from a 1.75-liter engine, the Alfa Romeo 4C does a lot with very little. But there's always room for improvement, says the company's CEO.

Speaking with Automotive News, Alfa Romeo chief Harald Wester indicated that the historic Italian auto marque could squeeze more out of the 4C's already high-strung engine. "We are only at 134 horsepower per liter," said Wester, "so there is space" for it to produce yet more power. To accommodate the extra muscle, Wester says, the Alfa would also need bigger brakes, but the chassis may already be as stiff as it needs to be.

Considering that Mercedes gets 355 horsepower out of the 2.0-liter turbo four in the A45, CLA45 and GLA45 AMG (for a specific output of over 177 hp per liter), Wester may be right, opening the door for a 300hp version with a 0-60 time of around four seconds flat. And his saying so more than subtly suggests the possibility of a more powerful 4C becoming a reality. But then the prospect of shoehorning a bigger engine into the same chassis to make a new Maserati GranSport - another prospect which Wester (also CEO of Maserati) suggested earlier in the 4C's development - never came to pass, largely due to engineering roadblocks.


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      lasertekk
      • 7 Months Ago
      Some kind of tie-in to the 1750 GTV perhaps on the initial chosen displacement? Should have just gone straight to a 2000cc engine.
        Alfaquad
        • 3 Months Ago
        @lasertekk

        No need of 2000 cc engine the can use the 1750 look at the lancia 1750 cc engine in the 1980 the use supercharge for lower rpm and turbocharge for the high rpm with over 480 HP 0 to 60  in 2.3 second go to this web site and read more http://rallylegendreplicas.com/Lancia_Delta_S4.html

      imag
      • 7 Months Ago
      Perhaps they could take the opportunity to fix the apparently spooky steering.
      William Weisberg
      • 7 Months Ago
      I have seen this car and it is about the size of the small Lotus. Instead of increasing horsepower, which should have already been done. Alfa should be touting the size/weight ratio of its vehicle with its existing power plant.
      jacques
      • 7 Months Ago
      They should look at Honda....! The NSX after 25 years is still a better car.....Than a 4C.....!!!! I know , I own an Alfa...
        superlightv12
        • 7 Months Ago
        @jacques
        Better car? Possibly. The 4C will beat it in every performance category that counts. But I still love the NSX anyway.
      AcidTonic
      • 7 Months Ago
      Hopefully they don't pull a GM and freeze the horsepower per liter and only increase the engine size to make more HP. Q: How does GM tune a 350hp engine to get 400hp? A: Increase the engine size. (5.7 to 6.0 for 50 horsepower in the GTO) Q: How does GM tune a 400hp engine to get 430hp? A: Increase the engine size. (6.0 to 6.2 Vett LS1 to LS3) Q: How does GM tune a 430hp engine to get 500hp? A: Increase the engine size. (6.2 to 7.0 Vett Z06 LS3 to LS7) They have an engine making 66-74 hp per liter sized for just about any power level between 300hp to 500hp. If you want more power you get more engine. Props to other companies for thinking a bit differently.
        Jay
        • 7 Months Ago
        @AcidTonic
        GM engineers are too busy figuring out how to get the ignition to stay on.
        KaiserWilhelm
        • 7 Months Ago
        @AcidTonic
        Thank you for this completely irrelevant shot at GM...
        Hek!
        • 7 Months Ago
        @AcidTonic
        And here on the left we see Mr. Evo in his natural habitat making up convoluted arguments to preach the virtues of the Lancer Evolution.
      speddedler
      • 7 Months Ago
      Its still ugly.
      margit
      • 7 Months Ago
      Alpha requires spec.mechanic and the parts are very expensive. For let's say some engine work you will need a loan from the bank.
        rcavaretti
        • 7 Months Ago
        @margit
        A-L-F-A. Learn to spell it before you comment nonsense on it.
      Dfelix70
      • 7 Months Ago
      Those 5 LEDs in the headlamp cluster give me the heebeegeebees. They look like they got a skin disease.
      RocketRed
      • 7 Months Ago
      I'd rather they improved the interior than jack up the power. It's plenty quick for people without an FIA super license. The interior is just not there for a car of this price. And this is not some hard-core track toy where you can look past that.
        quuppa70
        • 7 Months Ago
        @RocketRed
        lol are u insane you cant make carbon car much cheaper than this, the interior is not so important in this class, and if they jack it up it would be more expensive
      Rob
      • 7 Months Ago
      How does Alfa think it will survive with three models (see UK and Italian websites) much less make it in the USA with one low volume boutique model? If Fiat sells them (which seems likely) who will cover the servicing in the USA because Alfa can't afford to invest in a dealer network on it's own? Don't expect to see the 4C on the other side of the Atlantic anytime soon
      J.
      • 7 Months Ago
      Buy it, garage it, sell it 20 years from now and retire to the south of France or wherever your heart desires.
        Cayman
        • 7 Months Ago
        @J.
        I really hope you have a plan B for your retirement. Despite what you see on Chasing Classic Cars, cars typically make horrible investments, especially new ones. Not even factoring in storage/maintenance costs; how many production cars are worth more today than when they were new in 1994? Can you even find one? Then factor in the time value of money, storage and maintenance.
      Reid
      • 7 Months Ago
      Has Alfa said anything about if the dual-clutch can handle any more power? It's a dry clutch design so it should already be pretty damn close to its torque-handling limit.
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