When it was released, it was praised for being one of the cheapest ways to own a carbon fiber tub. The 4C is a carbon fiber monocoque supplemented by front and rear aluminum structures all to keep the weight to a minimum for the sake of performance and it helps too. The car’s weight comes in at just over 2,400 pounds.
Obviously, the driving experience is the 4C’s best asset. Its 1.7-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine produces all the pops and bangs you need, with 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque at its disposal. That power is mated to a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission, which many feel fits the car right — because with its lack of power steering, the car may have been a little too busy with a manual transmission.
It is hard to dispute that the Alfa Romeo 4C is today’s Lotus Elise or the Lotus Exige. A small, obtainable car, which has the style of an exotic with performance to back it up. But the “obtainable” part is what’s most interesting
New Alfa Romeo 4Cs can cost you up to $75,000 — sometimes upwards of $80,000 — but used examples are maybe a car enthusiast’s best kept secret. Or was. Oops!
Right now on Autotrader, there are plenty of used Alfa Romeo 4C models going in the $41,000 to $47,000 range. In fact, a few days ago, I even saw one going for $37,000 — but it was quickly snatched up. The 4C has lost nearly 50 percent of its original cost to depreciation in just a few years’ time — and it’s all to your benefit. The 4C models at this price aren’t beat-to-the-end-of-their-life examples, either. Most have less than 20,000 miles on the odometer.
With that said, the 4C is a bit quirky, a bit small and a bit harsh-riding — and with all its quirks putting a strain on its daily drivability, I’ll have to avoid snapping one up myself due to my height: at 6 foot, 6 inches, I can’t fit inside. This height was great in high school basketball, but keeps me away from a great car like a 4C.
But if you’re a little closer to the middle of the height bell curve, you have no excuse not to check out some of these Alfa Romeo 4C deals.