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Alfa Romeo Returns to America

Iconic supercar ready to hit the ground running

November 20, 2014

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C

The vehicle brand legend Alfa Romeo has made its way across the Atlantic, making its grand debut with a supercar like no other, the Alfa Romeo 4C.

Marking the Italian brand’s highly anticipated return to North America, the all-new 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C made its New York Auto Show debut – a mid-engine design inspired by the brand’s legendary racing history, state-of-the-art carbon fiber monocoque and all-aluminum turbocharged engine influenced by Formula 1, and advanced technological solutions, all to deliver supercar-level performance and driving exhilaration.

“The all-new Alfa Romeo 4C delivers supercar-level performance in its most elemental form,” said Harald Wester, President and CEO of Alfa Romeo. “With its ultra-lightweight materials and technological solutions derived directly from motorsports, a mid-engine proportion for maximum agility and purposeful styling cues to enhance performance – the all-new 4C coupe marks Alfa Romeo’s return to sports cars and the brand’s return to North America.”

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    2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition

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    2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition

 

Inspiration
The inspiration for the all-new 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C dates back to the 1967 33 Stradale, the homologated version of the racing Type 33, which is considered one of the most beautiful cars of all time. Like the 33 Stradale that combined extreme mechanical and functional requirements with undeniable Alfa Romeo style and performance – the 4C coupe shares its body forms and follows this performance tradition with an undoubtedly Italian-styled composite body “clothing,” a state-of-the-art carbon fiber and aluminum structure, and a high-performance turbocharged engine.

Ultra-lightweight:
To create the ultra-lightweight architecture needed for maximum performance and dynamic efficiency, Alfa Romeo 4C engineers looked to Formula 1 and only the most advanced supercars for state-of-the-art materials. The result is a monocoque made entirely of carbon fiber that delivers extraordinary stiffness and strength. Attached to the Alfa Romeo 4C’s exotic monocoque are front and rear cell structures, roof reinforcements and an engine-mounting frame made from lightweight aluminum.

Supercar performance, compact size 
Thanks to Alfa Romeo 4C’s advanced technological solutions and compact size, the coupe demonstrates its precision, agility and performance credentials with:

  • The 4C exudes proportions of exotic supercars, dimensions include:
  • 157.5 inches (400 cm) overall length
  • 73.5 inches (186 cm) overall width
  • 46.6 inches (118 cm) overall height
  • 160 mph top speed
  • 0-to-60 mph acceleration = mid-4 second range
  • 0.335 Coefficient of drag (Cd)
  • Lateral acceleration >1.1 g
  • Maximum braking deceleration > 1.25g
  • 2,315 lbs. (1,050 kg) dry weight
  • 2,465 lbs. (1,118 kg) EPA curb weight
  • 10.4 lbs./horsepower (4.7 kg/horsepower) EPA curb weight-to-power 

High-tech 1750 Turbo engine
The engine is the beating heart of any Alfa Romeo, and for the 4C, it beats to an all-new 1750 cc direct-injection 237 horsepower all aluminum engine. To ensure exceptional performance and drivability on the racetrack or city streets, this new engine features cutting-edge technical solutions, including direct-injection, intercooler, dual (intake and exhaust) continuous variable-valve timing (VVT), a camshaft with eight counterweights, and intake and exhaust systems optimized for Alfa Romeo 4C’s mid-engine layout.

Innovative Alfa DNA selector 
The all-new Alfa Romeo 4C features the brand’s innovative Alfa DNA selector with “Race” mode – enabling the driver to optimize the right level of performance through four modes. With a touch of the Alfa DNA selector, the character of the Alfa Romeo 4C can be changed to (in order of increasing capability):

  • All-weather – designed to ensure maximum control under adverse weather conditions and enables gentler accelerator input and special engine and brake control logic to match road speed and prevent skidding
  • Natural – enables grand touring comfort and smooth drivability for the Alfa TCT gearbox
  • Dynamic – enables improved driving performance via a more aggressive powertrain calibration and less intrusive electronic stability control (ESC) setting
  • Race – is the most extreme performance mode, putting the driver in total control of the car under race conditions. ESC and anti-slip regulation (ASR) are deactivated to allow the driver to control traction through the accelerator pedal. The Alfa Romeo Electronic Q2 differential control system remains active for fast exits out of corners or bends.
  • In Race mode, launch control can be activated, allowing the Alfa Romeo 4C to deliver supercar-level 0-to-60 mph acceleration blasts in the mid-4 second range

Limited to 500 serialized units: 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition 
For “Alfisti” in North America, a special 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition will be made available midyear.

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