The true definition of a sports car remains subjective. Yet, the unstated definition states the car should be sporty, fun to drive, more than likely a two door, and have pure driving pleasure. A supercar elevates that standard to bring even more exotic appearance, lighter weight, and of course—performance. And, the all-new Alfa Romeo 4C meets and exceeds most of these guidelines, becoming why I believe to be the most affordable supercar available on the market.
Upon first glance, the 4C has a bold presence. Even though dimensionally its only just over a foot longer than its Italian cousin, the Fiat 500, the 4C is a car that gets noticed. Driving the 4C for the week got countless thumbs up, blank stares, questions, and smiles. Several commented on how it appears to look like a Ferrari, and while they do come from the same family (the FCA Group), the Alfa has a completely different manufacturing process, powerplant, dynamics, well—just everything is different.
Open the door, and immediately be impressed to note that the cabin is completely set inside a carbon fiber tub, which contributes to the ultra light weight of just over 2,400 lbs. That gives the 4C a power to weight ratio of just under 10. An alcantara wrapped steering wheel gives the ultimate sports car feedback with no power assist. The dashboard remains simplistic, yet sophisticated with a matching red stitch surrounding. The sound system and infotainment are a bit lacking, but are ignored in lieu of appreciating the harmonious orchestra of sound that surrounds.
That ultimate musical symphony of raw power comes from right behind the front seats. A turbocharged 1.7-liter 4-cylinder pumps out an exhilarating 237 horsepower. These numbers are completely outstanding considering the sounds and pull the engine performs. The turbocharged is boosted to over 20 PSI, giving a fantastic whistle at higher revs. The combination of all these elements gives passengers a truly extensive sports car experience feeling completely as one with the car on the road.
During our week together, the Alfa Romeo never let me down with the sheer shock of its performance capability. The best way to explain the driving behavior of this car can be best correlated to that of a go kart. The responsiveness, handling, acceleration, just everything—its superb. The racing heritage of Alfa Romeo is ease to note in the 4C, and couldn’t be easier to understand. The 4C has D-N-A driving dynamic adjustments that allow a customization of the steering and transmission.
It’s super exotic looks demand the immediate inquiry of pricing. Shocking to every inquiry, with a base price of just under $60,000, the Alfa Romeo becomes the most affordable supercar. Exotic appearance blended with mind blowing performance in acceleration and handling, make this car the very definition of the epitome of the best bang for the buck.
This car promises to give Alfa a solid introduction back into the United States. The Italian automaker has been absent from the market for nearly two decades, but with the support of its FCA parent company, the Italian niche brand plans an active presence for the country. For more information on the all-new Alfa Romeo 4C, pleased visit alfa-romeo.com.