Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Italy's Alfa Romero 4C (2012?)
"Based on the success of their flagship, limited-edition 8C Competizione, introduced in 2007, as well as the 8C Spider, the rear wheel-drive 4C shares a look "shaped by the wind." Designed by the Alfa Romeo Style Center, the body doesn’t just borrow lines from vintage Alfa Romeo's, like the famed 6C 1500 and 6C 2500, but uses the same weight and power distribution ratio that made those cars so fast.
What the 4C lacks in power (four-cylinders compared to the brawny eight of its forerunners), it makes up with clever suspension layout and a lighter-weight frame, comprised mostly of carbon and an aluminum rear, to ensure maximum agility—which isn't to say that the engine doesn’t pack a punch. At 200+ horsepower with a top speed of 250 km/hr [= 155 mph], a new "twin dry clutch" transmission, going from zero to 100km [= 62 mph] in under five seconds) and a system that eliminates turbo lag, you can already find this gasoline engine in current production models like the Giulietta, a compact Alfa that has fans salivating for it to come stateside."