The Alfa Romeo 4C Takes on Nurburgring, Impressive Time
Eight minutes and four seconds was all it took for the Alfa Romeo 4C to complete a challenging lap at Germany's famed Nurburgring track. Yes there's electrical tape covering the gaps and panels, and it looks to be slightly lower than a production version that we'll actually see in the U.S., if we ever do see one. But according to the Italian automaker, the Alfa Romeo 4C completed the 'Ring faster than any car with 250 horsepower or less. The Alfa Romeo 4C is powered by a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinderengine, good for 237 hp. Couple that with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and low curb weight, and you've got yourself a recipe for a pretty quick car. But the car tested was a European-spec model, and a U.S. version is expected to weigh several hundred pounds more, which will certainly affect its performance. Alfa Romeo CEO Sergio Marchionne has been trying to secure money from the Chrysler Group to invest in new models for Alfa. Fiat, the parent company of Alfa Romeo has been losing money in Europe—$653 million through the first half of this year alone—and hopes a resurrected Alfa Romeo could help turn around Fiat's European woes. As for its arrival in the U.S., one delay follows another, and at this point, we're not going to believe the car is actually coming until we see them on dealer lots here. Source: Alfa Romeo
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