Designed in-house, the 4C’s supercar-inspired silhouette is nearly identical to the award-winning 4C Concept displayed by Alfa at several major trade shows around the world. The car is characterized by a highly-aerodynamic body with sculpted flanks, futuristic-looking headlights and round tail lamps that hark back to race-winning Alfa sports cars built in the 1950s and 1960s.
Air vents mounted next to both doors hint at the car’s mid-engined configuration, and a transparent engine cover allows pedestrians to admire the direct-injected four-banger as they walk by.
Would-be buyers who haven’t gotten accustomed to the 4C’s bug-like headlights can order more conventional-looking units at no extra cost.
Engineers put a big focus on saving weight and the 4C is built out of a combination of aluminum, steel, carbon fiber and fiber-glass reinforced composite materials. 40 percent of the car’s 2,465-pound mass lies on the front axle and 60 percent rests on the rear axle. The car’s relatively low weight makes it possible for Alfa to remove the power steering system.
The 4C packs electronic stability control, airbags for the driver and the passenger, a tire pressure monitoring system and a hill hold function.