The 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C and 4C Spider now offer driving enthusiasts a technical, mid-engine design inspired by the brand’s legendary racing history that represent the essential sportiness embedded in the brand’s DNA. Handcrafted in Modena, Italy, the 4C offers groundbreaking and seductive Italian styling coupled with state-of-the-art Formula 1 inspired carbon fiber monocoque chassis that enables an incredible power-to-weight ratio, which enables supercar-level performance of 0-60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in 4.1 seconds.
Adding excitement to the 2016 line-up, Alfa Romeo is offering even more personalization options, which amplify the 4C and 4C Spider’s advanced technology, race-inspired performance and seductive Italian style.
Further highlighting Alfa Romeo’s use of state-of-the-art carbon fiber technology, the all-new carbon fiber halo offering elevates the 4C Spider’s technical look, while highlighting its exclusive carbon-fiber monocoque chassis and windshield frame. For an added touch of exclusivity and technology, a new Carbon Fiber Trim Package available on 4C Coupe and 4C Spider appoints the use of the lightweight material on the instrument panel and shift bezels, instrument cluster surround and vent surrounds.
For a bespoke look that emphasizes the 4C and 4C Spider’s Italian style, Alfa Romeo is now offering a premium leather interior with Tobacco and Black sport seats paired with a Black leather interior detailed with Tobacco accent stitching.
Introduced on the 4C Spider, and now standard for 2016 on the Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe, a new Alpine premium audio system is designed for audiophiles, and provides premium sound quality, easier-to-use functionality and multiple connectivity and media options, including hands-free Bluetooth phone, Bluetooth streaming, USB port, iPod interface and CD/MP3 capabilities. In addition, the Alpine radio provides access to HD radio and SiriusXM Radio for a high-definition broadcast audio experience. Premium speakers are also standard on the 4C Coupe and 4C Spider for 2016.
Groundbreaking, seductive Italian style
Inspired by the historic 33 Stradale, the Alfa Romeo 4C and 4C Spider transcend this legendary racecar’s mid-engine body forms and follow its purposeful and lightweight performance tradition with sheet-molded compound (SMC) composite panels forming its seductive Italian design, and “clothing” its state-of-the-art carbon fiber monocoque chassis and all-aluminum 1.75-liter turbocharged, direct-injected engine.
Covering the “beating heart” of this Italian super car is a vented deck lid with glass (4C), or a deck lid with three functional heat extractors (4C Spider). And it’s from the 4C and 4C Spider’s “beating heart” where every other design element starts. Unique to the 4C Spider, two muscular forms straddle the rear hood and elevate the body above the cockpit’s beltline for visual strength and foundation for the Black or available carbon fiber “halo.” At the rear, both 4C and 4C Spider models feature a fascia and round rear LED illuminated tail lamps that blend into the muscular rear wings for a powerful stance, while stylistically incorporating large functional air intakes to cool the engine.
On each side of the 4C and 4C Spider, the sculpted air intakes create a muscular and dynamic form that lead elegantly into the headlamps. Unique to the 4C Spider, a carbon fiber windshield frame that promotes strength and lightness also provides the attachment points for the removable, stowable cloth roof.
Leading from the 4C and 4C Spider’s windshield and down the hood are two muscular hood forms, which naturally conclude at the signature Alfa Romeo shield-shaped grille and emblem. Together with the two side air intakes designed in the front fascia, the character lines form the famous “Trilobo” within which the iconic logo is placed – a significant facet of Alfa Romeo’s distinctive design.
The Alfa Romeo 4C and 4C Spider feature two composite-framed sport seats, with standard leather on the Spider, and an exposed carbon fiber monocoque that exemplifies its race-inspired technologies. Furthermore, a driver-oriented cockpit featuring a flat-bottom, leather performance steering wheel with paddle-shifters and aluminum pedals speak to the brand’s racing spirit. For an upscale look, the fully wrapped premium-leather interior with accent stitching is standard on the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider.
Thanks to its mid-engine layout, advanced technology and compact size, the Alfa Romeo 4C and 4C Spider demonstrate precision, agility and performance credentials with a top speed of 160 miles per hour (256 kilometers per hour), 0-to-60 mph (96 kph) in 4.1 seconds, 1.1 g of lateral acceleration and 1.25 g of maximum braking deceleration.
The heart and soul
The engine is the “beating heart” of any Alfa Romeo, and for the 4C and 4C Spider, they beat to an innovative, all-aluminum 1.75-liter turbocharged and intercooled engine with dual (intake and exhaust) continuous variable-valve timing that delivers 237 horsepower – or an impressive 136 horsepower per liter.
A new-generation turbocharger features a pulse-converter exhaust manifold to exploit pressure waves and boost torque at low-engine speeds. A wastegate valve adjusts turbo pressure and improves the engine’s efficiency. Advanced turbo technology enables the Alfa Romeo 4C and 4C Spider to maximize torque at low engine speeds and deliver more response to driver input by increasing combustion efficiency and turbine speed, all while eliminating turbo lag. As a result, torque delivery is instantaneous, with a peak of 258 pound-feet (350 Newton-meters) of torque, 80 percent of which is available at only 1,700 revolutions per minute.
Maximum road-holding suspension
The Alfa Romeo 4C and 4C Spider feature race-derived solutions to ensure maximum agility and road-holding performance. The front suspension is comprised of a “superimposed” double wishbone configuration for direct and unfiltered feedback. At the rear, an advanced MacPherson suspension ensures superb road-holding attributes – even in the most extreme of maneuvers. Both front and rear suspensions are made from aluminum and high-strength steel. For the North American market, the Alfa Romeo 4C and 4C Spider are designed with stiffer springs, larger front- and rear-sway bars, and re-tuned shock absorbers.
For maximum handling performance, both Alfa Romeo 4C and 4C Spider are available with the Track Package. This package includes high-performance shock absorbers with larger front- and rear-sway bars and available Pirelli P-Zero AR Racing tires; performance flat-bottom steering wheel with microfiber inserts (not available with yellow exterior or Tobacco Interior); carbon fiber exterior mirrors; carbon fiber Rear Spoiler on the Coupe; plus the availability of Black leather performance seats with microfiber inserts and Red or Yellow accent stitching.
Enthusiast-desired ‘manual’ steering
In line with the Alfa Romeo 4C and 4C Spider’s ultra-lightweight design and desire for maximum agility and road feel, the conventional power steering system is removed altogether. Through a manual steering system and 15.7:1 quick-ratio steering, the Alfa Romeo 4C and 4C Spider provide the driver with a maximum feel-of-the-road. Furthermore, an appropriate steering-wheel load is maintained, thanks to the low overall weight of the car.
Powerful stopping power
The Alfa Romeo 4C and 4C Spider’s brake system is designed for track use, where decisive braking, even under the most intensive conditions, is required. To deliver maximum stopping power and 1.25 g of braking deceleration for 60-0 mph in under 100 feet, the 4C and 4C Spider models are equipped with four self-ventilating perforated discs and Brembo four-piston aluminum calipers at the front axle.