Published on March 2nd, 2011 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Shrink the stunning 8C and you get the Alfa 4C Concept
The 4C concept is a classic two-seat, mid-engined, rear-wheel drive compact sports car with a length measuring just four metres and a wheelbase of under 2.4-metres. The design study also uses the carbon and aluminium construction materials that were found on the 8C, but there’s no burbling V8 under this hood since this is targeted at ECO friendly owners .
The 4C concept uses the same 1750cc direct injection four-cylinder turbo engine as found in the new Giulietta. The engine drives the back wheels via Alfa Romeo’s ‘TCT’ twin dry clutch transmission. While the expected power output might not sound anything special for this kind of car, the 4C’s lightweight construction results in a kerb weight of just 850kg – which means it weighs less than even a 1.2-litre Fiat 500. This could spell for some interesting engine options from the group in later production.
Its kilo-shedding formula includes a carbonfibre body and a rear frame structure and crash boxes that use aluminium extensively. The resulting power to weight ratio allows the car to screech from 0-100km/h in under five seconds and reach a top speed of more than 250km/h, according to Alfa Romeo.
Keeping it in check through the bends, the 4C has an advanced suspension set-up and a 40:60 front to rear weight distribution.