Superstar styling; strong turbocharged acceleration; futuristic TFT instrument panel; track-ready handling; good fuel economy
Negligible cargo space; difficult ingress/egress; busy ride
The 4C is an all-new 2-seat sports car.
The 4C isn't for everyone, but its blend of speed and style is arguably unmatched in this price bracket. Find a Alfa Romeo 4C for sale
The 2015 4C coupe is initially offered in a limited-production Launch Edition trim level (500 units only), with the base 4C arriving partway through the model year.
The base 4C ($55,195) comes standard with staggered-width alloy wheels (17-in front diameter, 18-in rear diameter), Brembo brakes, LED running lights and taillights, unassisted manual steering, dual exhaust tips, automatic headlights, air conditioning, power accessories, Alfa's D.N.A. selectable-driving-mode system, a flat-bottom steering wheel, aluminum pedals, 4-way manual sport seats, cloth upholstery, and a 4-speaker audio system with USB/iPod, SD-card and Bluetooth connectivity.
The 4C Launch Edition ($69,695) adds commemorative badging, larger alloy wheels (18-in front diameter, 19-in rear diameter), red brake calipers, bi-xenon headlights, a unique front fascia with side air intakes, carbon-fiber side-mirror housings, a carbon-fiber rear spoiler, a sport exhaust, a sport-tuned suspension with special shock absorbers and sway bars, a full-leather interior, carbon-fiber interior trim and a leather storage bag.
Many of the Launch Edition's features are offered as options on the base 4C. A fitted red car cover is a stand-alone option on both trims.
Cargo capacity measures a laughable 3.7 cu ft., and here's why: In a typical mid-engine or rear-engine car (meaning the engine is located aft of the cockpit), there's a front trunk for cargo. In the mid-engine 4C, however, the nose of the car is sealed shut, so the only available storage space is under the hatchback, where the engine lives. The Alfa engineers did manage to carve out a rectangular well between the engine and the rear bumper, but it's only the size of a duffel bag. In other words, remember to pack light if you take your 4C on a road trip.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||12 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/Unlimited Miles|
Chevrolet Corvette -- The 'Vette is obviously a lot bigger than the 4C, but it's also a lot more car in some respects. It starts at about the same price.
Porsche Cayman -- Although the Cayman is a veritable luxury coupe compared to the bare-bones 4C, its all-around talents always make it a threat to win the day.
Scion FR-S -- Don't laugh. The stock FR-S outhandles many premium rides, and if you invest in an aftermarket turbo kit, you'll have a sweet-handling, pavement-scorching sports car for far less than the 4C's price of admission.