Alfa Romeo 4C news update

Alfa Romeo have released further details on the progress of the 4C project. In summary:

  • Initial prototypes will be ready for worldwide testing mid 2012
  • Production of customer cars will commence mid 2013
  • The carbon tub will be produced in house using revised Alfa Romeo Design
  • The front and rear subframes will be made from Aluminium to save cost (with minimal weight impact)
  • Target weight is 900kg
  • On the road price will be approximately £45,000 (@ current exchange rates)
  • Car body panels will be made from SMC, a lightweight and extremely precise version of GRP
  • Interior will be revised, but concept design features such as the driver pod design will remain intact
  • Initial engine will be a new aluminium block direct turbo producing 230bhp chosen to keep weight low
  • Convertible version is planned
  • 300bhp run out model using the new 1.8 concept engine is planned
  • 18,000 units over lifetime of production
  • 0-60 target of under 4.5 seconds

All these details make the Alfa Romeo 4C look like a performance bargain. The 4C features will help it emanate the mighty McLaren MP4-12C.

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