Alfa Romeo has released a haul of new images for its upcoming 4C performance coupe today, teasing fans in the lead-up to its early 2014 Australian launch.
The new images, which show the 4C tearing up the track and mountain roads, follow the release of key technical details earlier this year.
The mid-engined coupe will offer buyers a healthy 180kW of power, drawn from a 1.75 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine.
If those figures sound light for a small performer expected to hit Australia at around $100,000, consider this: the 4C will weigh just 895kg, making for a 4kg/hp power-to-weight ratio.
Alfa promises a 0-100km/h time of just 4.5 seconds, with a paddle-shifted seven-speed dual-clutch transmission sending power to the rear wheels.
That sprint will be helped by a system Alfa describes as "Scavenging Control", tasked with eliminating turbo lag.
Suspension and handling will be the domain of a lightweight aluminium setup mounted to the coupe's carbon tub, with double-wishbone and MacPherson struts in play.
Alfa says around 25 percent of the 4C's construction is of carbon fibre - including the car's full carbon monocoque, which on its own weighs just 65kg.
You'll find aluminium in the 4C's structural areas, including the front and rear frameworks and the roof reinforcement cage, along with elements in the braking package. Thanks to this, the weight of each brake disc has been reduced by nearly 2kg.
The low-density and high-resistance Sheet Moulding Compound material is used throughout the 4C's body, reducing weight by a further 20 percent compared to regular sheet metal.
Injected polyurethane has been used for the bumpers and wheel guards, again reducing weight by around 20 percent compared to steel.
Even the glass in the 4C's windows is lighter than most, thanks to being 15 percent thinner than in a standard passenger car.
Manufactured by Fiat stablemate Maserati, no more than 3500 4C cars will be built each year, with a full 1000 of them already scheduled for European markets.
In Australia, the 4C will be positioned as a rival to the 163kW Lotus Elise S, although its carbon composite construction, more powerful engine and low production numbers will likely attach a higher price tag to the Alfa.
Alfa has pegged 4C production at around 2500 units per year, and an Australian launch is set for early 2014.
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