This is the long awaited Alfa Romeo 4C Concept, a compact sportscar from the Italian car maker. The car has made its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show. The 4C concept is a classic two-seat, mid-engined, rear-wheel drive compact sports car with a length measuring just four metres and a wheelbase of under 2.4-metres.
According to the latest reports, the new car will be inspired by the legendary 33 Stradale, a car built back in 1967 which became a collector’s item due to its performance characteristics and due to the fact that only 18 units were ever produced. Moreover, the car will also be inspired by the 8C Competizione, a limited edition supercar released by Alfa Romeo which was too expensive for the market.
It is powered by a 1.7-litre turbocharged petrol engine, as used in the Guilietta, and features a twin dry-clutch transmission. The automotive manufacturer is not revealing a precise horsepower figure for the motor at present but it uses 232bhp in others.
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.
The Alfa Romeo 4C, shown at the Geneva Motor Show, will be on sale in Europe in 2012. While the 4C might make it to our shores, the sale date is not known as of yet. One just needs to keep their fingers crossed and pray to whatever deity it is one believes in, that the Alfa Romeo 4C comes to America.