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Alfa Romeo 4C Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

The beauty of Alfa Romeo is that it embodies the same sort of Italian flair as Ferrari and Maserati, but in a smaller, more accessible package. Unfortunately, their current range doesn't offer the same level of excitement. (Well, the 8C Competizione did, but then it was hardly any more affordable than its Modenese counterparts.) Enter the Alfa 4C.

Smaller than the 8C it essentially succeeds, the 4C doesn't shed the excitement factor, just concentrates it into a more compact shape. In fact, at less than eight feet long, it doesn't get much more concentrated than this. Or much lighter: carbon fiber and aluminum construction helps keep the weight down to below 850 kilograms (1873 lbs). The 1750cc, direct-injection turbo four from the Giulietta QV mounted amidship drives just over 200 horsepower via Alfa's TCT dual-clutch transmission to the rear wheels for a 0-60 time in the fours; and speed being relative to size, we bet it would be one heck of a ride along the way.

The best part? Alfa is currently evaluating production possibilities for the 4C, which could finally lead the company's long-awaited return to the North American market. That, and the simply awesome matte red paint scheme in which the show car was unveiled here in Geneva. See for yourself in the live gallery below, and scope out the full details in the press release after the jump.


Alfa Romeo 4C Concept: Geneva 2011
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  • Alfa Romeo 4C Concept: Geneva 2011
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  • Alfa Romeo 4C Concept: Geneva 2011
  • Alfa Romeo 4C Concept: Geneva 2011

  • Alfa Romeo 4C Concept: Geneva 2011
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  • Alfa Romeo 4C Concept: Geneva 2011
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  • Alfa Romeo 4C Concept: Geneva 2011
  • Alfa Romeo 4C Concept: Geneva 2011

  • Alfa Romeo 4C Concept: Geneva 2011
  • Alfa Romeo 4C Concept: Geneva 2011

  • Alfa Romeo 4C Concept: Geneva 2011
  • Alfa Romeo 4C Concept: Geneva 2011

  • Alfa Romeo 4C Concept: Geneva 2011
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  • Alfa Romeo 4C Concept: Geneva 2011
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  • Alfa Romeo 4C Concept: Geneva 2011
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Live photos copyright ©2011 Noah Joseph/ AOL

[Source: Alfa Romeo]
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World Premiere: the Alfa Romeo 4C Concept

At the 81st Geneva International Motor Show, the Alfa Romeo 4C Concept will make its debut, a compact "supercar" which represents the true essence of a sports car, according to the brand's values: performance, Italian style and technical excellence aimed at maximum driving pleasure in total safety.

The new concept presents the classic formula of the two-seater, rear-wheel drive coupé with its engine at the centre, a length of approximately 4 metres and a wheelbase of less than 2.4 metres: dimensions which serve both to emphasise the compact size of the car and to accentuate its agility. Distinguished by its graceful and clean external lines, the same principles are also applied to the inside, with the Concept's specific on-board design maintaining features and devices which directly reflect the car's sporting spirit.

On the Alfa Romeo 4C Concept technology and materials derived from the 8C Competizione find a home - carbon, aluminium, rear-wheel drive - and technology derived from Alfa Romeo models currently on sale: the 1750 turbo petrol engine with direct injection, the "Alfa TCT" twin dry clutch transmission and the Alfa DNA dynamic control selector.
Quite simply, this vehicle screams Alfa. Its sports car soul creates a unique driving sensation, both on the road and when racing, where its velocity and transverse acceleration become even more demanding.

Born from the experience acquired through the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione and 8C Spider models, the new concept car shares its rear-wheel drive with the exclusive supercars as well as its philosophy based on achieving maximum driving pleasure and the proverbial Alfa Romeo road handling. This is an objective which the 8C Competizione and the 8C Spider pursue mainly through their increased power, while the Alfa Romeo 4C Concept follows the route of limited weight, made possible by extensive use of carbon, which also plays a structural role and guarantees exceptional agility with a weight/power ratio which is lower than 4 kg/HP. The chassis supports a body crafted completely from carbon, inside which there is space for the driver and passenger, while the rear frame structure and the crash boxes use aluminium extensively. The final result is a significant reduction in weight, limited to less than 850 kg, as well as the optimisation of the vehicle's centre of gravity, which gives the advantage of increased agility and drivability on the most challenging roads.

The name "4C Concept" is suggestive of the sports driving pleasure which only the spectacular "4 cylinder" 1750 Turbo Petrol engine which offers over 200 HP can bring. Already featured on a number of models in production, for example the Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde, the engine boasts cutting-edge technical solutions such as direct injection, dual continuous variable valve timing, turbocharger and the revolutionary scavenging control system which eliminates turbo lag.

Located centrally in the rear of the vehicle, the engine in the Alfa Romeo 4C Concept ensures performance which matches or exceeds that of a 3 litre engine whilst still delivering the moderate fuel consumption which is typical of a compact, 4 cylinder engine. Coupled with the new automatic "Alfa TCT" twin dry clutch transmission, launched only a few months ago on the MiTo and which will soon be available on the Giulietta, the powerful 1750 Turbo petrol engine allows the 4C Concept to reach a top speed of over 250 km/h and to accelerate from 0 to 100km in under 5 seconds. The vehicle integrates its Alfa DNA technology perfectly, a true philosophy which brings together all of the on-board technology, making it enjoyable and customisable for the driver and further accentuating the "competitive" nature of the Concept compared to other vehicles currently on sale.

The Alfa Romeo 4C Concept has an extremely sophisticated suspension layout (high quadrilateral at the front, MacPherson at the rear) to ensure maximum agility and road handling. This solution, along with the rear-wheel drive and the extraordinary weight/power ratio, ensures Alfa Romeo driving pleasure, enhanced even further by the weight distribution (40% on the front axle and 60% on the rear axle). The Concept takes up the Brand's sporting tradition, taking us back to its origins, when agility and the weight/power ratio were the keys to a successful racing vehicle, and combining these aspects with the Alfa Romeos which take to the road every day.
This car is not simply an exercise in style created for the Motor Show; it will be on sale in 2012 and is set to reinforce Alfa Romeo's global growth.


Turin, 1 March 2011


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      • 4 Years Ago
      When I saw this car I felt compelled to comment rather than do my usual lurking. Then I see I'm not alone on the looks of this car. Stunning! Styling done right!
      • 4 Years Ago
      It just doesn't "say" Alpha Romeo......bloated exterior and not that beautiful tight skinned look.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That would be the perfect car for Alfa's return to North America. I'm impressed by the sub-Elise weight.
      • 4 Years Ago
      is it just me or does it look like a beautiful evora?
        • 4 Years Ago
        The girls look good too!. I wish I was a multi, Multi billionare. I'd buy all of Fiat auto just to get Alfa. I'm sorry, it's crazy but I would.

        By the way I'd be taking Ferrari and Fiat powertrain with me too!.
        • 4 Years Ago
        it looks smaller. more like exige.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The roof line really reminds me of an Evora. But I like the overall shape of this a lot more. I love Lotus, but the Evora is very plain.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Nah, I was thinking more like Lotus sent the Exige to Alfa Romeo to get an extreme makeover. Nevertheless, I like it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        My thoughts exactly........not digging it. (For now)
        • 4 Years Ago
        My first thought was, "If Lotus is going to abandon that shape, someone else might as well use it."
        • 4 Years Ago
        It does. The first I thought was "that reminds me of the Evora"
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bring it here and do it now.
      • 4 Years Ago
      FUGLY!
      • 4 Years Ago
      When I first saw it I thought that Alfa had bought the rights to the Artega GT. It looks exactly the same
      • 4 Years Ago
      Fugly ??? Are you looking at the same pics ? If this is fugly what do you think looks nice ?
      • 4 Years Ago
      gorgeous. the curves and proportions remind me a bit of the 33 stradale, which is the ultimate compliment.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Under 8' long? Hmmm, is it a scale model?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am glad there are some who like this new Alfa design scheme but I am not one of them... I think all the cars since the 159 (with the exception of the glorious but out of reach 8C) have been horrible looking... the MiTo, the Giulietta... the noses are way too curvy and unattractive. This 4C looks like the Nissan Juke of performance cars.

      Plus, just disappointed with Fiat right now. They should have had the 159 or even the Giulietta here already, but Fiat is just bringing that uber-feminine 500... no thanks Alfa...
      • 4 Years Ago
      That black bi-tch in picture 6 has one phat black @ss that I would love to hit.
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