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Hi, how are you? Ken here. I love cars. Petrolhead, film & TV addict, hungry, and randomly awesome. I occasionally write about cars too. Actually I write about them a lot...

Something this stunningly gorgeous doesn’t need me to go on about it so I’ll keep this short. 

If you’re blind then you won’t be able to see this. Which is unfortunate because this is the production version of the jaw-dropping Alfa Romeo 4C. Yes, that’s right this thing which looks identical to the 2010 Geneva show car is production ready. 

It’s an important car to get ready as it’ll spearhead Alfa’s return to the IS market. Which is worrying since its a rather small car. It’ll measure in at just under 4000mm long, 2000mm wide and 1180mm tall. The weight, staying true to the concept, is around 950kgs. That’s fair considering this has an interior and the concept show car didn’t and weighed 850. 

The minuscule weight is thanks to a carbon fibre and aluminium construction. The monocoque chassis and body is made from carbon while all the mechanical bits such as the running gear, engine and suspension is made from aluminium. They’ve even casted the 1750 TBI engine in aluminium instead of iron to save 25kgs. This is a seriously serious car. 

So factor in the lightweight body and the 235 bhp 1750 TBI engine and you’ve got a micro-supercar that’s capable of shaming cars with bigger engines and a higher price tag. Though this does raise the question of its price. It seems it’ll cost around £50,000 which is more than a Porsche Cayman S or Lotus Evora. That said the 4C will be considerably more exclusive since Alfa has confirmed a limited run of just 2500 units per year. 1000 of those will go to Europe, another 1000 to North America while Asia, Africa and Oceania will have to share the remaining 500 units.

There’s even word of a lighter ‘Stradale’ model, a ‘Racing’ model for the track and a ‘Roadster’ for the summer. But these would probably be more expensive. 

In a world where Porsches and BMWs are around every corner it’s nice to see a company who want to maintain an exclusive image. The 4C looks breathtaking as it is but given its exclusivity imagine how people will react when they get to see one on the streets within a sea of Boxsters and Z4s. Okay sure, Lotuses aren’t exactly common either but this, this is beyond amazing. 

Yes, I have to talk about its beauty. There are only a handful of things in the world that can compare to the staggering good looks of this car. It isn’t really a car is it? It’s a masterpiece. It’s stunning from the front, though the headlights aren’t quite as awesome as the concept’s. But where it really excels is at it’s pert Italian rear. From the back it just looks, and there’s no other way to put this, like sex. And from the top! Oh god. 

There aren’t enough superlatives in the world to describe the way this looks so I won’t bother. I can’t think of any anyway because I keep getting distracted by it. I’ve been trying to write this for about an hour now. It’s that distracting. 

It’s also rather depressing because now I must go on living with an empty hole in my life that can only be filled by this car. If anyone reading this is in the enviable position of buying a 4C, please do it. For me. Because maybe then I’ll be able to see you driving it around. And this is a car that deserves to be driven. 

God I hope the upcoming Alfa Spider will be just as stunning but less pricey. It’d better be nothing short of epic because following the 4C, it’ll have a lot to live up to. Last year the sports car everyone talked about was the Toyota 86. For 2013 it could very well this.

Something this stunningly gorgeous doesn’t need me to go on about it so I’ll keep this short.

If you’re blind then you won’t be able to see this. Which is unfortunate because this is the production version of the jaw-dropping Alfa Romeo 4C. Yes, that’s right this thing which looks identical to the 2010 Geneva show car is production ready.

It’s an important car to get ready as it’ll spearhead Alfa’s return to the IS market. Which is worrying since its a rather small car. It’ll measure in at just under 4000mm long, 2000mm wide and 1180mm tall. The weight, staying true to the concept, is around 950kgs. That’s fair considering this has an interior and the concept show car didn’t and weighed 850.

The minuscule weight is thanks to a carbon fibre and aluminium construction. The monocoque chassis and body is made from carbon while all the mechanical bits such as the running gear, engine and suspension is made from aluminium. They’ve even casted the 1750 TBI engine in aluminium instead of iron to save 25kgs. This is a seriously serious car.

So factor in the lightweight body and the 235 bhp 1750 TBI engine and you’ve got a micro-supercar that’s capable of shaming cars with bigger engines and a higher price tag. Though this does raise the question of its price. It seems it’ll cost around £50,000 which is more than a Porsche Cayman S or Lotus Evora. That said the 4C will be considerably more exclusive since Alfa has confirmed a limited run of just 2500 units per year. 1000 of those will go to Europe, another 1000 to North America while Asia, Africa and Oceania will have to share the remaining 500 units.

There’s even word of a lighter ‘Stradale’ model, a ‘Racing’ model for the track and a ‘Roadster’ for the summer. But these would probably be more expensive.

In a world where Porsches and BMWs are around every corner it’s nice to see a company who want to maintain an exclusive image. The 4C looks breathtaking as it is but given its exclusivity imagine how people will react when they get to see one on the streets within a sea of Boxsters and Z4s. Okay sure, Lotuses aren’t exactly common either but this, this is beyond amazing.

Yes, I have to talk about its beauty. There are only a handful of things in the world that can compare to the staggering good looks of this car. It isn’t really a car is it? It’s a masterpiece. It’s stunning from the front, though the headlights aren’t quite as awesome as the concept’s. But where it really excels is at it’s pert Italian rear. From the back it just looks, and there’s no other way to put this, like sex. And from the top! Oh god.

There aren’t enough superlatives in the world to describe the way this looks so I won’t bother. I can’t think of any anyway because I keep getting distracted by it. I’ve been trying to write this for about an hour now. It’s that distracting.

It’s also rather depressing because now I must go on living with an empty hole in my life that can only be filled by this car. If anyone reading this is in the enviable position of buying a 4C, please do it. For me. Because maybe then I’ll be able to see you driving it around. And this is a car that deserves to be driven.

God I hope the upcoming Alfa Spider will be just as stunning but less pricey. It’d better be nothing short of epic because following the 4C, it’ll have a lot to live up to. Last year the sports car everyone talked about was the Toyota 86. For 2013 it could very well this.

  • 12 February 2013
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