LADIES and gents, boys and girls, I present to you this week's article on the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C equipped with the Launch Edition package.
I will talk about the differences between the standard 4C and the Launch Edition later on in this article, but for now lets start with the basics.
All 4C models come equipped with a mid-mounted, 1.8-litre turbocharged in-line four that produces only 177kW (237hp) at 6000rpm and 350Nm of torque (258 lb-ft of torque) from 2200-4250rpm.
Now you may be thinking, why would Alfa Romeo produce such a good-looking car with so little power? It's because they were thinking about weight. Due to safety restrictions in certain countries, the weight varies by location.
This US model that I am featuring today weighs in with a kerb weight of 1120 kilograms, whereas in Australia it weighs 1025 kilograms. Now Europe is a different story, the 4C's over there will weigh in at just 895 kilograms.
A comparable "light" car would be the Subaru BRZ/Toyota 86, which has a kerb weight of 1220 kilograms. Even though this is a very light car, it weighs almost 200 kilograms heavier than the Australian 4C.
To achieve such weight saving, Alfa didn't even fit the 4C with power steering.
Although this gives the car excellent steering feel on a track, it could prove to be a little tricky to navigate small parking garages/shopping centres. It also doesn't have a glove box, satellite navigation, and it even skips out on having a push-start ignition.
Despite this, Alfa Romeo claims that the 0-100 kilometre per hour acceleration time of 4.5 seconds is unchanged with the addition weight over the European model. Although, some automotive reviewers have seen the figure as low as four seconds on the European model, so we could expect the Australian variant to beat the quoted time.
The 4C can also achieve a top speed of 258 kilometres per hour (160 miles per hour).
Now, this particular model that I'm featuring today is equipped with the Launch Edition package. Limited to just 500 units, this package features leather racing seats, a unique front fascia, carbon fibre accents throughout the exterior, a dual-racing exhaust, high performance suspension, and also the "Track Package".
The first shipment of Alfa Romeo 4Cs will arrive on Australian shores next month starting at $89,000 plus on-road costs for the standard model, or $109,000 plus on-road costs for the Launch Edition, which will be limited to just 75 cars.
Jesse See is a teenage car enthusiast. His blogs and website can be found at www.jessesee.com
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