Alfa Romeo 4C

Alfa Romeo 4C information: everything you need to know if you own one, are thinking of buying one or just want to find out more about the Alfa 4C coupe and Spider. Click on the links below for all of CAR magazine’s news, reviews, videos, scoops and spy photos of the Alfa Romeo 4C car range. We list the top 10 stories for each model – and where appropriate you can click on ‘More’ to browse even more of our archive content.

Background

The Alfa Romeo 4C is a two-seater sports car first shown at the 2011 Geneva motor show, but Turin has managed to launch the concept car in remarkably unchanged form. What's more, it’s stuck with the carbon body panels, a twin-clutch box and a 1.8T engine for less than £50,000. For more information on the Alfa 4C, click on our further stories on the links below. 

Alfa Romeo 4C reviews

Here are quick-links to all of CAR magazine UK's road tests. Plus use the lists at the bottom of the page for more 4C stories:

60sec road test

The Alfa Romeo 4C is a car we want to champion: for too long, Alfa had no sports car in its oeuvre, and this bijou coupe and Spider corrects that wrong. The 4C’s stand-out feature is its concoction of carbonfibre - an incredible feat at this price point. It keeps the kerbweight usefully below one tonne, with corresponding benefits to performance, handling, economy and - well, just about everything really. This car is so light that it only needs the 1750cc engine, turbocharged here for a fulsome 237bhp. It’s buzzy and loud, whooshing and swooshing just behind your shoulder (it’s mid-engined, remember) and the twin-clutch TCT gearbox flicks up and down the ratios with abandon. Yet despite this tempting mix of ingredients, the 4C never quite hits the big time. The fine tuning leaves something to be desired and the handful of models CAR magazine has tested in right- and left-hand drive form have varied widely, suggesting this low-volume product has some variation in output. Handling is best described as exciting, but on the wrong road the 4C can feel a real handful, darting this way and that. It’s a shame, but we’re left feeling like it’s a mid-life facelift away from being sensational.

The one we’d buy

Make sure you ask for ‘Comfort’ spec

The one we’d avoid like the plague

Whatever you do, don’t order the ‘Race’ package - it ruins the ride (and steering) something chronic

Rivals to consider

Porsche Cayman, Lotus EliseAudi TT

For 

Beautiful body, scintillating spec, rapid pace, Alfa sports car feelgood factor

Against

Low-rent interior, whizzy four-pot where rivals have six-cylinders, lacks final degree of polish, insecure handling

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