2018 4C Spider New Car Test Drive
The Alfa Romeo 4C can be seen as a fabulous value when compared to a Ferrari or Lamborghini. Like those exotics, it looks sensational, with performance obviously being the top priority. It's made of carbon fiber and the cornering is phenomenal.
Ride comfort is rough, comparable to a Lotus Elise. It only seats two and only has cargo room for a couple of small bags. Cabin materials are a cut below, but the price is three or four cuts down. It's a car for a serious sports car enthusiast willing to compromise comfort and convenience for racecar handling.
The engine is a 1.7-liter turbocharged four cylinder making 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, mated to a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission. For ideal balance, engine is mid-mounted, so naturally it's rear-wheel drive. The carbon-fiber structure means it's super light for quick handling, and its tires offer fantastic grip. It can be driven off the showroom floor straight onto the race track. That said, its cramped seats, rigid ride, and heavy steering at slow speeds make it difficult to endure as a daily driver.
The 4C comes as a coupe or Spider convertible with a removable soft top that can be stored in the tiny trunk.
The 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C has not changed much over 2017, just yellow stitching for the optional black leather seats, and available carbon-fiber vents in the front fascia.
The 4C gets a strong 24 City, 34 Highway, or 28 Combined miles per gallon, on Premium, say EPA estimates. It has dual front airbags, front side airbags, a driver's knee airbag, and hill-start assist, while rear park assist is the only safety option. That means no active safety features are available.
The 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C comes with air conditioning, power windows and locks, automatic headlamps, cloth sport seats with four-way manual adjustment, leather-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel, 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster with telemetry and a G meter; also a USB port, auxiliary input jack, 12-volt power outlet. The wheels are staggered 17- and 18-inch alloys on summer performance tires. The standard audio system is a primitive Alpine AM/FM/CD radio with satellite and HD, but fortunately there's a premium Alpine system available.
Options start with a Convenience group that adds cruise control, an alarm, and rear park assist. A Carbon Fiber Interior package adds carbon fiber for the interior vents, instrument panel bezel and surround, and shift bezel. A Leather Interior package adds a leather-wrapped instrument panel and door panels, plus black (with red or new yellow accent stitching) or red leather seats and a leather storage bag.
Performance options include a Track package, which adds a racing suspension with front and rear sway bars, stiffer shocks, a flat-bottom steering wheel with a micro fiber insert, a carbon-fiber rear spoiler, and carbon-fiber exterior mirrors. Also available are staggered 18- and 19-inch wheels, an Akrapovic exhaust, xenon headlamps, and brake calipers painted red, black, silver, or yellow.