You may not see many, possibly any of these in your lifetime as they are such a rare beast in any form. But the Alfa Romeo 4C is a pretty interesting unicorn to behold, and here’s why.
According to the ultimate car geek site that is HowManyLeft there are only 298 4C’s of any variety in the UK. Breaking that down and the Spider version accounts for just 88 of those, split between the 50th Anniversay Edition at just 9, and 79 lesser, normal variants.
There are 53 launch edition coupes on the road and 157 ‘normal’ models.
They’re super expensive
Alfa’s don’t tend to be expensive, with the little MiTo starting at around £14,000, how much can a two seater sports car set you back? £30,000, £35,000 at push?
Nope. You’ll have to shell out a whopping £59,505 for the 4C Spider. Ouch.
Oh, and if you’re feeling really flush why not opt for the 4C Spider Limited Edition at £67,505.
For the normal Coupe prices drop to a much more sensible £52,505…erm yeah, a BMW M3 will set you back £56,605 it has four doors and way more power.
Speaking of power
So it has some pretty sexy Italian curves to it, it must have a powerhouse to back those up?
Wrong. It’s fitted with a 1.75 litre turbocharged 4 cylinder lump. It makes just 237 BHP and 350 Nm of torque.
Mind you, that makes it good for a 0-62 time of 4.5 seconds, its top speed is 160 MPH.
Once you’ve switched off the engine there’s a pump that continues to run to help cool the turbo down which is pretty nifty.
That high price gives you a very light car though. Its chassis weighs just 73 KG, and you sit in a full carbon fibre tub, a la McLaren.
Front and rear sub frames bolt onto it and are made of aluminium, whilst the outer body isn’t metal. It’s a form of SMC composite, a low density stronger than steel material but weighs 20% less.
The whole car weighs just 940KG that’s 120 kg less than a Ford Fiesta ST, but the 4C Spider has 60 more horses in its boot.
There’s no storage space
With the engine being in the back, there must be a pretty decent sized boot up front.
Nope. You can’t even open the front. It’s a one piece clamshell style bit of bodywork with no opening.
So no, you can’t use it on a weekend away for two. Unless you have your luggage sent by DHL before you arrive.
There’s precisely 110 litres of stowage volume in three places inside the cabin.
So all of the above are probably why Alfa have only sold 298 in the UK over the last two years. Maybe if it was sub £30k and aimed at the likes of the Mazda MX5 RF it would sell.
Currently you have to have very deep pockets and a huge love of Alfa to even consider purchasing such an impractically expensive car.
However, there are easier ways of getting an Alfa Romeo than simply purchasing one. Car leasing is a cheaper way of driving away in an Alfa as you simply pay monthly payments and do not require a deposit. Personal car leasing is the way forward.
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