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We thought the day would never come. Alfa Romeo has been taunting us with a U.S. return for more than a decade, but now it is finally making its grand entrance with the 4C coupe for the 2015 model year. The Italian automaker says the model will come to U.S. showrooms this summer.
Alfa Romeo looked to Formula 1 for inspiration on its sports coupe. For 2015, the 4C features an extremely lightweight architecture and lots of carbon fiber. The 4C's engine is composed entirely of aluminum, and it delivers 237 horsepower and a whopping 258 lb-ft of torque through direct injection. This engine is paired with a retuned twin-clutch transmission that promises smoother performance.
According to the automaker, the Alfa Romeo 4C is expected to achieve a 0-60 run in the mid 4-second range, which would put it on par with the Porsche Cayman S. This sounds incredible, and we can't wait to drive this car.
Also announced, Alfa Romeo is offering a special Launch Edition in North America. Available this June, these models will make up the first 500 Alfa Romeos in the U.S. Special features include a carbon fiber rear spoiler, racing exhaust, red brake calipers, bi-xenon headlamps with LED DRLs, sport seats, leather-wrapped instrument and door panels, red or white accident stitching on the interior, and more.
Who It's For
Die hard Alfa Romeo fans who have long waited for the brand's return will be the first to get this model. Pricing for the 4C has not yet been confirmed, but we expect it to lie around the $50,000 range, pitting it against high end sports cars from Porsche and BMW. This model will likely attract buyers with a good amount of money to spend on luxury, performance, and cachet. It will likely get just as many looks, if not more, than its competitors on the road. However, some sports car enthusiasts may initially stay away from the car because of its unknown reliability.
Here are some features confirmed for the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C.
- Four driving modes: All-weather, Natural, Dynamic, and Race
- Flat-bottom performance steering wheel with paddle shifters
- Aluminum pedals
- 7-inch full color instrument cluster
What We Think
Thank goodness the guessing game has ended. We are happy to see the 4C return to the U.S. Right now, it is too early to tell how we will like it. But a few things are certain: We can't wait to drive this car, and we think the pent-up interest in this model will drive sales numbers high.
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