Alfa Romeo marks its return to the United States with the debut of the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C at the 2014 New York Auto Show. The mid-mounted engine sports 237-horsepower and 258 ft-lb of torque – 80% of which is available at only 1,700 rpm. This 1.75-liter (1750 cc) engine is turbocharged, direct-injected and is mounted to a paddle-shifting Alfa (TCT) twin-clutch transmission.
No word on a manual transmission yet.
Prices will start at about $58,000 once production goes into full swing. A limited “Launch Edition” model will be the first offering on our shores with a $70,000 asking price. The Launch Edition will have upgraded components to go along with its track-racing upgrades.
The 2015 Alfa Romeo should be a screamer given its incredible power-to-weight ratio. The European model weighs about 2,200 lbs. To put that into perspective: the 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club Edition, which is a lightweight track version of the tiny Mazda MX 5 weighs a scant 2,593 lbs. The North American version of the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C promises to be pretty close to the European specifications.
According to Alfa Romeo: “Thanks to Alfa Romeo 4C’s advanced technological solutions and compact size, the coupe demonstrates its precision, agility and performance credentials with a top speed of 160 miles per hour (mph), 0-to-60 mph acceleration blasts in the mid-4 second range, 1.1 g of side acceleration on corners and 1.25 g of maximum braking deceleration.”
It looks like Porsche and Lotus finally has some new competition.
Speaking of track cars…
You guys know we’re screwing around when we do a mash-up… right?