The 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C is powered by a 1.8L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine mounted behind the cockpit. The engine produces 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. While that may seem rather modest for a sports car of this caliber, Alfa Romeo claims that the 4C is still capable of 0-60 times in about 4.5 seconds, with a top speed of 160 mph. The only transmission available is a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic with paddle shifters. The 4C utilizes various exotic construction techniques, including a structure composed of carbon fiber and aluminum as well as composite body panels. The engine is an all-aluminum design and as a result, the car's total weight is kept down to about 2,000 pounds.The 4C tends to eschew luxury features in its quest to keep weight down, but there are limits to this philosophy, and the 4C still comes equipped with powered windows and mirrors, air conditioning, a 7-inch thin-film transistor instrument cluster with a lateral acceleration G-meter and a 4-speaker sound system with USB and audio input jacks.Options include bi-xenon headlights, a front fascia with carbon fiber bents, a carbon fiber spoiler, carbon fiber and leather interior accents, bigger wheels, leather seating and a commemorative plaque. Additionally, there are several option packages available on the 4C. A Convenience Package adds cruise control, an alarm and parking sensors, while a Leather Package includes leather seating and contrasting stitching. The Track Package consists of some tuned suspension, bigger wheels and race-style seats, while the Carbon Fiber Package adds special trim throughout.
For 2018, the Alfa Romeo 4C receives only minor updates, which include optional carbon fiber vents in the front fascia and yellow accents on black leather upholstery. All else is unchanged in the mid-engine sports car.
- Stunning looks
- amazing handling
- powerful turbocharged engine
- lightweight construction