Published by Autobahn Buzz (Alfa Romeo 4C)
- The exclusive ‘Launch Edition’ makes its début at the Geneva Motor Show. Alfa Romeo will be generated as a numbered limited edition: 400 in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, 500 in North America and 100 in the remaining world.
- Devoted to the host of fans throughout the globe, the limited edition of the new Alfa Romeo compact supercar is differentiated by special attributes such as carbon fiber trim and the ‘Carrara White’ body shade.
- The Alfa Romeo 4C ‘Launch Edition’ can be ordered directly away at a price which is almost the exact same throughout Europe, 60,000 euros consisting of VAT (internet of various other regional tax obligations).
- A special advantage solely for Alfa Romeo 4C ‘Launch Edition’ shoppers: the possibility to join a special show in Italy which likewise includes an Advanced Driving session with Professional Driver-Instructors.
- New all-aluminum engine: direct-injection 240HP 1750 Turbo Petrol.
- Top speed of greater than 250km/h and acceleration from 0 to 100km/h in 4.5 secs.
- Alfa TCT twin clutch transmission with shift paddles at steering wheel and new Alfa DNA selector along with additional ‘Race’ mode.
The global launch of the Alfa Romeo 4C marks the return of the brand name to the world of lightweight sports coupés, an amazing performance, awaited ever before more eagerly by the host of followers throughout the globe. The unique ‘Launch Edition’ was produced merely for them, a counted limited edition of 400 in Europe along with unique qualities established especially for this one-of-a-kind version.
It makes its début today, at the 83rd Geneva International Motor Show, where orders formally opened up for the ‘Launch Edition’ of the new 4C compact supercar at a rate of 60,000 euros in the majority of European markets (rate featuring VAT net of various other local income taxes). Just what’s additional, all purchasers can join a special event which will include an advanced driving course, to learn exactly how to take advantage of its capacity in total protection.
The innovative Launch Edition can easily ‘suit up’ its body along with two liveries – Carrara White or Alfa Red – and is noted out by the unique symbol, inlaid below the paintwork. The line of the special vehicle is boosted by the carbon aerodynamic kit (featuring spoiler and door mirror covers), the rear aluminum diffuser with dark completing, Bi-LED headlights with dark surround and 18″ (front) and 19″ (rear) alloy wheels with burnishing treatment.
To accentuate the sports look still more, there are front air intakes, brake calipers in a specific color, racing exhaust system with BMC air cleaner and suspension kit with certain calibration for shock absorbers and rear anti-roll bar.
The inside has the same sports feel, with highlights given by the leather/fabric sports seats with components in Alcantara, in addition to the unique, numbered carbon badge. When it come to the red livery, the Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition has red stitching on the steering wheel trim, handbrake, mats, handles and sports seats.
Naturally, the Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition provides all the winning characteristics of the model that stands for the essential sportiness embedded in the ‘Alfa Romeo DNA’: Italian style, performance and technological quality, for maximum driving pleasure in total security.
Designed by Alfa Romeo and generated in the Maserati plant in Modena, the innovative mid-engined rear-wheel drive coupé with two bucket seats will certainly be come to be offered for acquisition in 2013 and will mark the return of the Italian brand name to the United States, ushering in Alfa Romeo’s worldwide growth plan.
The Alfa Romeo 4C obtains straight from the idea which increased many eyebrows in affection at the Geneva Show in 2011, so a lot so that it succeeded 3 prestigious awards: the ‘AutoBild Design Award’ (2011, Germany), the ‘Design Award for Concept Cars & Prototypes’ (2012, Italy) and the ‘Most Exciting Car of 2013’ – ‘What Car?’ (2013, Great Britain).
It refers to Alfa Romeo’s terrific featuring practice: the acronyms 8C and 6C in the 1930s and 1940s recognized automobiles – both racing and non – suited along with the effective ‘eight cylinders’ and the ingenious ‘six cylinders’, confirming in its building layout and building the goal of attaining the weight/power ratio of an authentic supercar, less compared to 4 kg/HP, yet concentrating not just on the maximum power delivered, but on restricting the weight to assure maximum agility and leading performance. To this end, the Alfa Romeo 4C makes use of advanced modern technologies and materials derived from super sports cars (including the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione) – carbon fiber, aluminum, rear-wheel drive – and modern technologies from the most current common designs from Alfa Romeo, but updated to improve the recreations charm of the new vehicle even more.
Created by the Alfa Romeo Style Centre, the 4C instantly delivers to mind some of the typical iconic models which have actually left a significant mark in the history of the Brand. Over all others, in terms of dimensional and layout resemblances, one attracts attention specifically: the 33 Stradale, an automobile that blended harsh technical and practical needs with a crucial style which “clothed” the engine and body suitably along with apparent Alfa Romeo treatments.
The 4C has actually adhered to fit, and hence completes a trip which was embarked upon along with the 8C Competizione, stressing some certain principles of the brand, such as compact size, dynamism and agility.
The advancement of the 4C’s exterior was characterized from the beginning by the should enhance the design of the auto and the technological characteristics both from an aerodynamic and dynamic point of sight. Consequently, all the style answers followed have actually been optimized according to the best goal of the vehicle: performance.
The rear quantity, sinuous and encircling, concurrently welcomes the whipping and encloses heart of the automobile: the mechanics and the engine, noticeable via the rear home window.
All this, many thanks to the advancement of noticeable musculature above the tires, lends strength and electric to the back side.
The rear musculature sustains its framework on round rear light collections and next air intakes essential to cool the intercooler and the air consumption for engine aspiration.
From this energy-charged rear amount and the 2 side air intakes spring the 2 long muscles which provide speed and dynamism to the side, generating the needed amount at the front end to house the headlights and, on the central component, both strong ribs operating along the bonnet, tracing the apparent “V” and concerning their natural conclusion around the shield.
This, with each other with both edge consumptions, kinds the popular “Trefoil”, a substantial facet of Alfa Romeo’s profile.
The elemental creation and important materials also distinguish the inside, which is all made and constructed for max driving fulfillment.
Particularly, the carbon fiber of the main cell quickly attracts attention in the inside, left in full view to boost the sense of low weight, modern technology and individuality of the car.
The dash panel and doorway panels have an “asphalt” procedure to remember the occupation of the Alfa Romeo 4C, became pregnant to transmit optimal driving feeling from the roadway.
The seats ensure devoted sports pose, preferring the driver’s call with the roadway without, however, compromising the convenience required for everyday usage of the automobile.
The dash panel, easy and designed to use movements easy also, reaches its zenith in the concept of extreme driver-orientation, thanks to digital tools and equipment shift manages found on the properly shaped steering wheel.
The cabin, which powerfully suggests the world of motorbike auto racing and race vehicles, puts together all info required to regulate the automobile and steer.
The details, which is left spellbinding through highly effective, high-impact graphics, permits the vehicle driver to try to keep everything controlled without distractions from commands that would certainly be unneeded on this kind of car.
The pedal unit and footboards for vehicle driver and traveler are all made of aluminum and embellish the lesser part under the control panel, highlighting sports personality down to the tiniest specific.
The elemental creation and essential products additionally differentiate the interior, which is all designed and created for optimum steering contentment.
Specifically, the carbon fiber of the main cell instantly sticks out in the interior, left in full view to improve the feeling of reduced weight, technology and individuality of the auto.
The dashboard and doorway panels have an “asphalt” procedure to recall the occupation of the Alfa Romeo 4C, became pregnant to convey maximum driving feeling from the roadway.
The seats make sure committed sports posture, favoring the vehicle driver’s consult with the roadway without, however, risking the convenience required for everyday use of the car.
The control panel, easy and designed to use features easy also, reaches its zenith in the concept of severe driver-orientation, many thanks to digital instruments and gear change regulates located on the suitably shaped steering wheel.
The cockpit, which strongly recommends the world of motorcycle racing and race automobiles, brings together all info required to drive and control the vehicle.
The information, which is made astounding via highly effective, high-impact graphics, allows the vehicle driver to keep everything under control without distractions from commands that would certainly be superfluous on this kind of auto.
The pedal unit and footboards for vehicle driver and passenger are all constructed from aluminium and embellish the reduced component under the control panel, highlighting sports character to the smallest information.
The compact dimensions make this auto with 2 bucket seats truly special among its rivals: 399 centimeters long, 200 centimeters wide, 118 cm higher and along with a wheelbase of 238 centimeters. These measurements serve both to stress the auto’s “supercar proportions” and to accentuate its speed. Just what’s even more, being obligated to repay to the developers’ excellent job, the automobile attains maximum aerodynamic efficiency levels, ensuring a negative Cz which, as in racing cars, contributes towards obtaining increased security at higher rates thanks to the aerodynamic downforce.
New direct-injection 240 HP 1750 Turbo Petrol engine
The engine is the beating “heart” of an Alfa Romeo. In this case, it’s the first-time direct-injection 240 HP 4-cylinder 1750 Turbo Petrol, which was created along with an accurate objective: to make sure extraordinary performance without sacrificing steering fluidity and use in any sort of circumstances, from the racetrack to the city streets. The Alfa Romeo 4C’s first-time mid-engine, all-aluminium electric system adopts particular optimised intake and exhaust systems, to enhance both feedback at reasonable speeds and extension, along with the support of a crankshaft along with eight weights. In addition, it boasts innovative technological answers including direct petrol treatment, double (intake and exhaust) continuous variable valve timing, a turbocharger and an innovative scavenging control system that removes turbo lag. Torque delivery is charitable, along with a top of 350 Nm, 80 % of which is readily available at only 1700 rpm.
Alfa TCT twin dry clutch transmission
Compared to the variation already embraced on the Giulietta and MiTo models, the TCT on the Alfa Romeo 4C implements next-generation software application and features the new ‘Launch Control’ function that optimises all vehicle systems to provide the utmost acceleration possible. What’s even more, to ensure the ideal performance in accordance along with the road problems and steering style, the Alfa TCT takes on optimised operating logic, interacting along with the Alfa DNA selector, the braking system, the engine administration system and the vehicle stability control system.
The brand-new Alfa DNA selector with ‘Race’ mode
A specific progression of the Alfa DNA selector has actually been established for Alfa Romeo 4C, which not only features the 3 basic settings available on other designs in the variety – Dynamic, Natural and All Weather – but also a fourth mode: ‘Race’, created to improve the steering encounter on a racetrack even more. It only takes a lengthy press of the selector in Dynamic position to trigger it: in this mode, the Alfa DNA makes inactive the security control and anti-slip systems, leaving the vehicle driver in full, stimulating control. The full-digital tool panel along with TFT screen adjustments setup – revealing just info appropriate to the selected mode – and shade in line with the Alfa DNA setting: yellow for Race, red for Dynamic, gray for Natural and blue for All Weather.
Lightweight however solid structure
A tight, strong and light framework is a vital pre-requisite for a high-performance sports car. The same principle inspired the creation of the Alfa Romeo 4C. A state-of-the-art combination of hi-tech products of phenomenal stiffness and toughness, along with a very reasonable certain weight, was selected to accomplish this outcome. Specifically, the framework is a monocoque made totally of carbon fiber with ‘pre-preg’ innovation maded from Formula 1 and took on only by the most sophisticated supercars, which examines only 65 kgs, inside which an area is developed for the vehicle driver and traveler. The front and rear structures of the roofing and the framework reinforcements are made totally of aluminium lightweight.
In addition, the car’s bodywork is made completely of low-density, high-strength composite material. Advantages of utilizing this product feature lighter weight (it is TWENTY % lighter than steel) and resistance to corrosion. Dimensional stability is similar to steel and much better compared to aluminium.
The seats have a mixed carbon fiber and fibreglass framework which guarantees high resistance to worries and an especially reduced weight at the same time.
The outcome is a considerable decrease in overall weight (the dry weight is merely 895 kilograms) integrated with the finest possible torsional stiffness and toughness attributes, in addition to the optimization of the automobile’s center of mass, which gives the benefit of boosted agility and drivability on the most challenging roads.
The Alfa Romeo 4C has an extremely sophisticated suspension layout – ‘superimposed wishbones’ at the front, advancement of MacPherson at the rear – to guarantee optimal speed and road holding. This option, along with the rear-wheel drive and the phenomenal weight to power ratio, guarantees Alfa Romeo steering enjoyment, boosted even more by the weight circulation (40 % on the front axle and 60 % on the rear axle). Exactly what’s even more, for those wanting the max in regards to control, a complete suspension kit will be offered with a particular gradation of the shock absorbers and rear anti-roll bar.
Braking system, wheels and steering
To make certain definitive braking even under the most intensive ailments, the stopping system has four self-ventilating perforated discs, with Brembo four-piston aluminium calipers on the front axle. On top of that, to “stick” the auto firmly onto the roadway surface, tyres with a different diameter and width relying on whether they are suited at the front or rear have actually been suited (two versions possible, either 17″-18″ or 18″-19″) which were created particularly to ensure superb performance (a kit of tyres along with a softer mix is likewise offered optimised hold). According to the automobile’s configuration, the steering system of the 4C does not include electric steering, to save weight yet most of all to secure a superlative driving feel. A proper steering wheel load is kept many thanks to the reduced total weight of the automobile.
The applied state-of-the-art technical and technical solutions steer the Alfa Romeo 4C to get to real supercar performance along with a special driving feel. This is demonstrated by a top speed in unwanted of 250 km/h, just 4.5 secs to speed up from 0 to 100 km/h, 1.1 of side acceleration on sections and 1.25 g of maximum braking deceleration.
Excellence made in Italy
The greatest technological and industrial know-how of the Alfa Romeo and Maserati brand names was used to growing the Alfa Romeo 4C. Specifically, the team effort in between the 2 brand names was intended at the combination of the Alfa Romeo layout department with the Maserati production plant. This was improved by the technical and technical supplement of other Italian companies, international innovators in the sector of high-performance sports cars elements. In brief, this as well is a differentiating trait of Alfa Romeo, a brand name along with a century of history that remains to be one of the most prominent and well-known ambassadors of Italian products throughout the globe.
The Alfa Romeo 4C’s first-time mid-engine, all-aluminium electric unit follows particular optimised intake and exhaust systems, to improve both response at low speeds and extension, along with the aid of a crankshaft along with 8 weights. Compared to the version already adopted on the Giulietta and MiTo designs, the TCT on the Alfa Romeo 4C executes next-generation software and features the brand-new ‘Launch Control’ function that optimizes all auto systems to provide the utmost velocity possible. Just what’s additional, to guarantee the ideal performance in accordance along with the road ailments and steering style, the Alfa TCT follows optimised operating logic, interacting along with the Alfa DNA selector, the braking system, the engine administration system and the vehicle security control system. A certain evolution of the Alfa DNA selector has been growinged for Alfa Romeo 4C, which not only features the three basic settings readily available on various other designs in the range – Dynamic, Natural and All Weather – however likewise a 4th mode: ‘Race’, created to boost the driving encounter on a racetrack also further. The really finest industrial and technological proficiency of the Alfa Romeo and Maserati brands was utilized to growing the Alfa Romeo 4C.