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12 February 2013

World première: Alfa Romeo 4C

The new Alfa Romeo compact mid-engined supercar with rear-wheel drive and two
bucket seats makes its début in Geneva.
The new Alfa Romeo 4C is the result of experience built up with the Alfa Romeo 8C
Competizione model produced in the Maserati plant in Modena and it will be
available for purchase in 2013, marking the return of the Italian brand to the
United States.
Less than 4 metres in length, 200 cm wide, 118 cm high and with a wheelbase of less
than 2.4 metres.
New 4 cylinder 1750 Turbo Petrol all-aluminium engine.
Alfa TCT twin clutch automatic transmission.
New Alfa DNA selector with 'Race' mode.
Chassis made entirely of carbon with load-bearing and structural function.
Weight to power ratio less than 4 kg/HP.

The final version of the Alfa Romeo 4C makes its début at the 83rd
International Motor Show in Geneva. This mid-engined rear-wheel drive coupé
with two bucket seats represents the true essence of a sports car at the heart of
Alfa Romeo's DNA: performance, Italian style and technical excellence, offering
maximum driving satisfaction in total safety.

Designed by Alfa Romeo engineers and produced in the Maserati plant in Modena, the
new compact supercar will be available for purchase in 2013, marking the return of
the Italian brand to the United States and inaugurating Alfa Romeo's global growth

The Alfa Romeo 4C derives directly from the concept which raised many eyebrows in
wonder at the Geneva Show in 2011, so much so that it won three prestigious awards:
the 'AutoBild Design Award' (2011, Germany), the 'Design Award for Concept Cars &
Prototypes' (2012, Italy) and the 'Most Exciting Car of 2013' - 'What Car?' (2013,
Great Britain).

Acronym 4C
The acronym '4C' draws its inspiration from the brand's glorious past, projecting
the values of technology and emotions into the future. Indeed, it refers to Alfa
Romeo's great sporting tradition: the acronyms 8C and 6C in the 1930s and 1940s
distinguished cars - both racing and road - fitted with the powerful 'eight
cylinders' and the innovative 'six cylinders', confirming in its design layout and
construction the goal of achieving the power /weight ratio of an authentic supercar,
less than 4 kg/HP, yet focusing not merely on the maximum power delivered, but on
limiting the weight to guarantee maximum agility and top performance. To this end,
the Alfa Romeo 4C uses technologies and materials derived from super sports cars
(including the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione) - carbon fibre, aluminium, rear-wheel
drive - and technologies from the latest standard models from Alfa Romeo, but
updated to enhance the sports appeal of the new car even further. This is
demonstrated by the new 1750 Turbo Petrol all-aluminium engine with direct
injection, the sophisticated Alfa TCT twin dry clutch transmission and the Alfa DNA
selector with the unprecedented Race mode.

Exterior style
Designed by the Alfa Romeo Style Centre, the 4C immediately brings to mind some of
the traditional iconic models which have left a significant mark in the history of
the Brand. Above all others, in terms of dimensional and layout similarities, one
stands out in particular: the 33 Stradale, a car that combined extreme mechanical
and functional requirements with an essential style which 'clothed' the engine and
chassis appropriately with unmistakable Alfa Romeo treatments. The 4C has followed
suit, and thus completes a journey which was embarked upon with the 8C Competizione,
emphasising some particular concepts of the brand, such as compact size, dynamism
and agility.

Interior design
The elemental design and essential materials also distinguish the interior, which is
all designed and built for maximum driving satisfaction. Specifically, the carbon
fibre in the interior immediately stands out, used to make the central cell, which
has been left in full view to enhance the sense of uniqueness, of technology and
light weight.

Dimensions and aerodynamics
The compact dimensions make this car with 2 bucket seats truly unique amid its
competitors: it is just under 4 metres long, 200 cm wide, 118 cm high and with a
wheelbase of less than 2.4 metres. These dimensions serve both to emphasise the
compact size of the car and to accentuate its agility. What's more, owing to the
designers' excellent work, the car achieves maximum aerodynamic efficiency levels,
recording a negative Cz (downforce coefficient) which, as in racing cars,
contributes towards achieving increased stability at higher speeds.

New 4 cylinder 1750 Turbo Petrol
An evolution of the engine already in use in the Quadrifoglio Verde version of the
Giulietta, the new 4 cylinder 1750 Turbo Petrol engine implements an innovative
aluminium block and specific intake and exhaust systems which have been optimised to
enhance the sports appeal of the car even further. In addition, it boasts
cutting-edge technical solutions including direct fuel injection, dual continuous
variable valve timing, a turbocharger and a revolutionary scavenging control system
that gets rid of any turbo lag.

Alfa TCT automatic transmission
The 1750 Turbo Petrol engine is teamed with the innovative Alfa TCT automatic twin
dry clutch transmission, which is a genuine benchmark in its segment due to its low
weight and extreme speed of activation. The gears can also be changed in sequential
mode using the shift paddles located behind the steering wheel.

The new Alfa DNA selector with Race mode
The Alfa Romeo 4C also sees the début of the new Alfa DNA selector which not
only features the three standard settings available until now - Dynamic, Natural and
All Weather - but also a fourth mode: Race, designed to enhance the driving
experience on a race track even further.

Excellence made in Italy
The very best technical and industrial expertise of the Alfa Romeo and Maserati
brands were used to develop the final version of the 4C. Specifically, the teamwork
between the two brands was aimed at the integration of the Alfa Romeo design
department with the Maserati production plant. In short, this too is a
distinguishing trait of Alfa Romeo, a brand with a century of history that continues
to be one of the most famous and popular ambassadors of Italian products across the

Turin, 12th February 2013


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