Hard-core supercar enthusiasts are generally well-versed with thrills and shortcomings of driving a performance-oriented supercar. In the crowd of Ferrari’s and Porsche’s, Alfa Romeo’s 4C coupe comes across as a supercar which is raw and offers the charm of old Italian beauties. But is it really the supercar you should buy?
The 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C is priced between $55,900 – $65,900 and is powered by a 1.7-liter 4-cyl. engine, which is mated to an automatic transmission. Is it worthy enough to be a contender on your supercar wish list? Read ahead to find out.
The coupe design of this supercar is sure to attract a lot of eyeballs. It is not as clean as a Ferrari, but the Alfa Romeo badge does make it stand out, in spite of the large grille up front and multiple character lines. The rear design is very similar to other supercars, and those large, circular tail lights look elegant and pleasing.
The interior theme is nice and minimalistic, but the messed up ergonomics take all the charm away. Getting inside is extremely tricky, and all black cabin makes you feel extremely claustrophobic. Front seats offer decent support for the driver with good bolstering and cushioning, Apart from the driving thrill offered by the car, the interior is not a very pleasing place to be in and is nowhere close to luxurious or comfortable as other supercars.
The 4C is powered by a turbocharged 1.7-liter 4-cyl. Engine, which produces 237 hp of power and 258 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 6-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission sending power to the rear wheels. What’s interesting to note is that front tires are of 17” size, while the rear ones are of 18 “ size. With its mid-engine layout, the 4C pulls cleanly from a standstill, and in the right rev-band, can surprise many with super-fast acceleration. Steering is something that could have been better, it offers decent feedback at lower speeds, but doesn’t weigh up as well as you would expect from a supercar’s steering. Stiff suspension and sticky tires ensure the car is eager to dart into corners at high speeds with ease. Braking performance too is good, but the brake pedal could have had more bite for sure. Overall, the driving dynamics are something that will make you like this vehicle, in spite of its endless shortcomings.
The 4C comes with dual front airbags, front side airbags, a driver’s knee airbag, and hill-start assist. Rear park assist is the only safe option. No active safety features are available. With so much missing safety equipment, this car is nowhere modern and lags behind what its competitors offer.
The Alfa Romeo 4C is one supercar that you would surely give a miss. It does offer raw performance, but it’ not modern, lacks safety features and is not practical to live with. You should consider this if and only if its Italian engine and Alfa Romeo badge fantasize you.