The 4C Concept is a two-seat, rear-wheel drive sport coupe measuring about 4 meters long with a wheelbase just short of 2.4 meters. It features a mid-rear mounted 1.8 liter turbocharged power plant allowing for a 40/60 weight distribution (front axle/rear axle). The 4C derives its name from the four cylinder (4C) 1750cc Turbo Multi-Air unit which generates 197 bhp in this application, the same configuration as on the Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde. The power plant is coupled to the new Alfa TCT automatic twin dry clutch gearbox, which debuted but a few months ago in the Alfa MiTo. I hope Alfa has made revisions to the TCT as it was found to be slow and unresponsive when reviewed by the Singapore motoring community. The 4C performs the century sprint under 5 seconds with a top speed of over 250 km/h.
Much of the technology and materials of the 4C are inherited from the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione. It features a lightweight chassis with carbon-fiber and aluminum body structures for a total curb weight of less than 850 kg, which contributed to its impressive acceleration figure. The 4C's suspension consists of a high quadrilateral configuration at the front and MacPherson struts at the rear.
Alfa Romeo indicates that the 4C will be heading for production soon and will go on sale in 2012. The concept looks rather production ready too but do not expect the futuristic interior to appear on the road going version.