Alfa Romeo 4C Celebrates Debut with Launch Edition

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Alfa Romeo 4C Celebrates Debut with Launch Edition

The Alfa Romeo 4C has had its world premiere at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, and the Italian automaker is kicking things off with an exclusive “Launch Edition.”

The numbered, limited edition 4C will be reserved to 400 units in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East; 500 in North America; and 100 in the rest of the world. The limited edition model will be distinguished by exclusive characteristics and accents, such as carbon fiber trim and the “Carrara White” body color. Those opting to purchase a 4C Launch Edition will also have the privilege of taking part in an exclusive event in Italy, which includes an advanced driving session with professional driver-instructors.

SEE ALSO: 2013 Geneva Motor Show Coverage

Alfa Romeo announced also that pricing for the 4C will be set at 60,000 euros in European markets, around $78,190 US. Unfortunately, the Italian automaker didn’t announce pricing in America, but it’s safe to say it’ll be at least $60,000.

Powering the Alfa Romeo 4C is a 1750 cc turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with 240 hp. The powerplant is mated to an Alfa TCT twin-dry clutch transmission.

For the most part, the 4C’s unveiling had no real surprises, as the world has been heavily anticipating the car for quite some time now. As for the Launch Edition, it’ll be available in Carrara White or Alfa Red and will have a carbon aerodynamic kit including a rear spoiler and mirror covers. The rear aluminum diffuser will feature a dark finish, while the Bi-LED headlights will get a dark surround. 18-inch wheels in the front and 19-inch wheels in the rear finish off the 4C Launch Edition.

Top speed of the 4C is rated at over 155 mph and 4.5 seconds to accelerate to 62 mph from a standstill.

GALLERY: Alfa Romeo 4C

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  • http://twitter.com/BradleyGroot Bradley Groot

    Can someone please just make a mid-engine turbo 4 cylinder for like 40 grand?(or less). I thought this car was going to undercut the Porsche Cayman, not be even more expensive.

  • Salad Fingers

    I agree. I have to wonder who thought this was a good idea as the brand’s ambassador back into the US. Seems sort of silly to me… 

  • Caydriver

    Brad the price for the Cayman is higher.  The 2007 Cayman was  $ 60,000 for the base Cayman.I must say the the Cayman has an excellent repair record and very dependable.

  • keithwwalker

    Ridiculous, this is basically a variation on the Pontiac Solstice formula, which cost $30k for comparable HP.  I agree, $40k for a 4 cylinder car is reasonable.

  • Bt328gts

    Alfa id finally coming back and you all have to find something to bitch about.  As the owner of 4 alfas and a Ferrai, I welcome any model coming here.   Bitch about price when you go look at a Pontiac.

  • Rich

    Glad you can spell Ferrari !

  • arborpress

    As an Alfa owner and enthusiast, I love this thing. I think it is absolutely beautiful, and that little turbo 4 must scream, but I agree, it is in the wrong price range. I mean, are some Alfa badges and a turbo really worth $20,000 over a Lotus Elise?

  • Kerahdah

    The FIAT holding company has been getting pricing horribly wrong for some time now, and I just don’t get it. And that turbo-charged motor, is it really an Alfa motor? Or is it the generic machinery that powers the entire Fiat range?. As an Alfa owner I think my love affair with the brand has probably come to an end. That, or I’ll settle for a used version in a year or two, when everyone gets rid of them.

  • Obracing

    Ever since the German bureaucrats mandated the pedestrian front end design ( pun intended ) lower cars’ designs have had to meet that template. Not very pretty. Every mfg. caved in. Like they all caved in to CARB. Too bad someone didn’t. Like rock and roll, ugly car are here to stay.

  • Private island

    I wish they would make one that you can drive on land and in the water too.

  • John Foley

    I think I’ll keep my 2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP 4 cylinder 2 liter 260HP !!

  • Rickers

    If you bought that POS you certainly wouldn’t understand the reasons for buying an Alfa Romeo.

  • disqus_k24qmqRcmo

    As an Alfa owner, I have to agree with you John. The problem with Alfa is that in the smaller engined cars they are not producing cars with competitive performance figures, But they expect to wean buyers away from their competitors.
    They have now gone back to the pre-V6 days, and use Masser engines for performance, and Massers are, in reality, detuned Ferrari engines. So the rationale is wrong. If only they would listen to what the public wants!! Beautiful looking cars, but the looks and performance just do not match. They are now just emotional buys.

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