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Alfa Romeo 4C revealed


Ahead of the Geneva Motor Show we’re being inundated with models being revealed left and right before their debut.

This model will be powered by a version of the 173kW 1.8-litre direct injection turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine – the same one from the Quadrifoglio Verde version of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta. However, this model will pair that up with a new intake manifold and exhaust, as well as a dual clutch gearbox with paddle-shifters.

The entire chassis will be made of carbonfibre and measure four metres in length, two metres in width and 1.18m high – it is sitting on a sub-2.4 wheelbase, all of these come together to achieve a power to weight ratio of less than 2.96kg/kW.

The outside design and styling of the model is still very strongly influenced by the first 4C concept car shown at the 2011 Geneva motor show, featuring highly sculptured bonnet, large side vents and individual round tail-lights. According to Alfa Romeo carbonfibre will also be part of the inside of the cabin with the car’s ‘central cell’ being made out of it.

The Alfa Romeo 4C will also be debuting the company’s new Race mode for its Alfa DNA drive selector system, which will still feature the Dynamic, Natural and All Weather settings. The new Race mode function is mean to enhance the driving experience on a race track even further.

The mid-engined, rear-wheel drive 4C will be produced in the Maserati plant in Modena and it will go on sale later in 2013.

Speculations abound about the model being joined by a new ‘Spyder’ version which is said to be badged as a 4C but will instead be based around a completely different platform which it will share with the next Mazda MX-5.

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