- Impressive track performance
- Sleek and bold Italian styling
- Raw sportscar experience
- Heavy manual steering
- Cheap interior components
- Not much passenger and cargo room
Alfa Romeo 4C Expert Review
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Along with the Giulia sedan and Stelvio crossover, the mid-engine 4C sports car is part of Alfa Romeo's three-car North American lineup.
2018 4C Coupe: The 4C Coupe comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels in the front with 18-inch wheels in the rear, Brembo four-piston front calipers with drilled rotors, a dual exhaust system with chrome tips, a sport-tuned suspension, an electronic rear differential, LED taillights, LED daytime running lights, bright aluminum pedals, a drive mode selector, an Alpine audio system with Bluetooth and USB and auxiliary ports, a 7.0-inch instrument panel driver's display, four-way manual adjustable cloth sport seats, a flat-bottomed leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters, aluminum instrument panel bezel trim, a rear console lockable leather storage compartment, and an instrument cluster with a lateral-g acceleration meter, a turbo-boost pressure gauge, and an oil pressure gauge.
2018 4C Spider: The Spider adds a black cloth convertible top, a carbon fiber windshield surround, a black halo (a large roll hoop behind the cabin) leather-wrapped dashboard and door panels, and black leather seats with red accent stitching.
The Coupe Track package (also available as the Spider Track package for the Spider) adds racing suspension with upgraded anti-roll bars, performance-tuned shock absorbers, a performance flat-bottom steering wheel with a microfiber insert, a carbon fiber rear spoiler, carbon fiber side view mirrors (Italian flag is optional), choice of leather seat color (black, red, Tobacco, or black with microfiber), and a choice of upgraded wheels. Individual optional features include an Akrapovic dual mode center-mounted exhaust system, a carbon fiber roof, satin side view mirrors, an upgraded Alpine audio system, and HID headlights.
The 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C packs a 1.7-liter turbo-four engine that produces 237 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque and is backed a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that sends power to the rear wheels. The 4C delivers an EPA-rated 28/34 mpg city/highway, not bad for a sports car. In Motor Trend testing, the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe (same powertrain) hit 60 mph in a quick 4.2 seconds and stopped from 60 mph in a very short 97 feet.
The Alfa 4C comes standard with hill-start assist, an individual tire-pressure monitoring system, driver's knee airbag, side airbags, and optional rear parking sensors.
The 2018 4C offers 42.7 inches of legroom for both passengers and only 3.7 cubic feet of cargo space under the hatch, behind the engine.
Like many mid-engine sports cars, the 4C offers little in terms of technology but comes standard with a 7.0-inch instrument panel driver's display and an Alpine audio system (an upgraded Alpine audio system is available) with Bluetooth and USB and auxiliary ports. Performance tech includes the Alfa Electronic Differential control system and the Alfa DNA Pro drive mode selector with Dynamic, Natural, All-weather, and Race modes.
During our First Test review of the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition with the Track package, we loved the coupe on the track and its impressive performance numbers but felt the cheap interior components, bad audio system, rough ride, and heavy manual steering are hard to live with, especially for a car that's not cheap.
"While those are issues unacceptable in a $55,000 car, they're just about inexcusable in a $69,545 car like our tester," we wrote, "especially given how good the 4C's competition, including the new Corvette Stingray and?Porsche?Cayman, is. That's a lot of dough to throw at a car that would be borderline masochistic to drive every day. While an impressive performer, a treat on the track, and at home on glass-smooth surfaces, the Alfa 4C is ultimately tough to live with on a daily basis. Though the?Alfisti?will no doubt flock to it, I'm not convinced the buyers Alfa needs to give it a viable market in the U.S. will."
In a First Drive review of the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, we concluded our drive by saying, "Understand, the 4C is a sports car that will make you work a little, will have you feeling as though you're woven into the very carbon-fiber fabric of the monocoque, and in the process, will mold a permanent grin on your face with its Olympian showcase of athletic ability. Want an?Alfa Romeo?with comfort and convenience? [Get the Giulia, Alfa's]. But if what matters is a smile on your sunburned lips, this little Italian has your name on it."
Watch the 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C compete in a Head2Head episode here.