The 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C carries many requirements on the list of exotic sports cars. From Italy, the carbon fiber monocoque chassis, the engine is behind the seat, and the whole car weighs less than 2,500 pounds. 4C also uses rack-and-pinion steering – without power help. That automotive technology came into existence in the 1980s. But having it in cars these days when everything else is not feeling well, the electric-assist racks are almost a miracle.
For the money, there are many attractive sports car options that are significantly easier to live with. Chevrolet Corvette, Porsche 718 and Jaguar F-Type are superb sports cars. All have strengths and weaknesses, but are more comfortable and practical.
Trim and Features
The 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C is a mid-engined, lightweight, rear-wheel-drive sports car. It’s offered in coupe and convertible (Spider) body styles and a singular trim level.
Standard equipment for the 4C coupe includes summer performance tires, a 17-inch front and 18-inch rear wheels, LED running lights, LED taillights, heated mirrors, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, power accessories, air conditioning, cloth upholstery, Bluetooth connectivity, a 7-inch driver information display, and an Alpine sound system with a USB port, a CD player, HD and satellite radio. The 4C Spider also adds a manually operated soft top, an alarm system and leather seats.
The leather seats are optional on the coupe, but leather seats with faux suede upholstery are available in both body styles. An optional Convenience package adds an alarm system (coupe), cruise control and rear parking sensors. The Track package adds additional carbon-fiber exterior trim, 18-inch (front) and 19-inch (rear) wheels, more stiffly tuned suspension and a flat-bottom steering wheel. The Carbon Fiber Interior Trim package also includes additional carbon-fiber styling elements.
Stand-alone options for the 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C include an Akrapovič dual-mode exhaust, a sport exhaust, a carbon-fiber roof, xenon headlights, and a subwoofer.
Powering the 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C is a turbocharged 1.7-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Power sent to the rear wheels via an automated-clutch manual transmission. It has paddle shifters, but you can let the transmission shift for you, as you would with a regular automatic. An electronically controlled rear differential and four-mode driving selector are standard.
In performance testing, the 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C coupe with the Track pack and sport exhaust accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds utilizing the built-in launch control system. That about the same time as the Chevy Corvette and quicker than the BMW M4 and Porsche Cayman. The standard 4C did it in 4.5 seconds.
The 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C EPA estimated fuel economy at 28 mpg combined (24 city/34 highway).
Not many sports cars with distinctive interior like the 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C. The passenger cabin is reminiscent of a race car, with most of the carbon fiber visible, pure because it looks great. Other elements include padded seats with carbon fiber frames and low hinged aluminum pedals.
Since weight is very important for the 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C, not much comfort is offered in it. There are no gloveboxes, armrests, not reclining seatbacks. Dashboards, instrument panels, door panels and seats are minimally adorned. The cupholders are useless and basically no storage in the cabin. This is one of the most useless daily driving cars you can buy.
Front visibility is excellent, but small windows, side mirrors, almost useless rearview mirrors and large blind spots create challenges while driving. So the optional rear parking sensor is a must. The cargo capacity is very very small, only 3.7 cubic feet, and you should not put anything sensitive to the heat there, since the trunk adjacent to the engine.
Release Date and Price
The 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C has available on dealership now. Official pricing will start from $55,900 for coupe body style and top out at $65,900 for the convertible spider. The V60 Cross Country competition will include the Porsche 718 Cayman, Jaguar F-Type and Chevrolet Corvette.