ALFA ROMEO 4C
Alfa Romeo’s new 4C sports coupe reaches into another market this week, with details of US specifications surfacing ahead of a wider launch.
As expected, the 4C coupe has been ‘upgraded' to include that more conventionally styled headlights first seen with the 4C Spider revealed in March.
Replacing the regular ‘bug eyes’ in the US, the new headlights are joined by a Launch Edition pack that includes carbon-fibre spoiler and mirror caps, racing suspension and an enhanced exhaust setup.
There’s also staggered 18- and 19-inch alloy wheels in matte black, red brake calipers, sports seats with leather and microfibre trim, and a leather-wrapped instrument panel and steering wheel.
Outputs for the 4C remain unchanged in US spec, which means the 1.75 litre turbocharged four produces 180kW and 350Nm of torque. Some 80 percent of the latter is available from 1700rpm.
The US version of the 4C is however heavier than the European model, weighing in at 1050kg - 155kg more than in Euro spec.
Alfa says this is due to safety-focused changes required by American crash regulations, including a thicker carbon-fibre tub, additional aluminium internal panels inside the body, side airbags and an adjustable passenger seat.
The US model also gets air-conditioning and a radio as standard, again contributing to the hot coupe's weight gain.
As a result, America’s 4C gets an official 0-100km/h time of… “the mid 4-second range”, rather than the decidely more definitive 4.5 second dash confirmed for European models.
Australian specifications are still to be confirmed, although we can likely expect a trim more in-line with the European market’s package.
A price range for the 4C in Australia is also still to be locked in, although Alfa Romeo’s local arm has hinted at trim levels varying from $75,000 to $120,000.
In America, the 4C is priced from US$53,900 - about $57,000 in Australian money.
Watch for more details on the 4C's Australian specifications to surface closer to its late 2014 launch.