2. Cabin Fever
Diminutive exterior dimensions generally translate into confined cabins and the 4C does not escape this law. The car’s interior is snug in practically every direction. The seats offer limited adjustability, though legroom isn’t too bad. Aft visibility is predictably compromised.
The cabin has a unique feel to it; it’s reminiscent of a high-dollar supercar but at about three-fifths scale. The dashboard is low and relatively unadorned; four circular air vents pop up like the eyes of a crocodile. The center stack is angled toward the driver while there are refreshingly few buttons and switches to get in the way. This machine is purposeful and focused with no superfluous ornamentation.
The car is built around a very sturdy tub that’s crafted of lightweight and expensive carbon fiber. Unlike other vehicles Alfa’s implementation of this aerospace-grade material is purely functional, not merely a decorative appliqué designed to imply sportiness. Much of the shiny black weave is visible to the naked eye, running along the rockers and door posts. This is one of the 4C’s signature features.
Fibrous carbon helps cut unwanted mass. Appropriately North American variants of the car should check out at under 2,500 pounds. Apples to apples that’s a about 300 pounds heavier than the comparable European version. Blame additions like side airbags, an adjustable passenger seat and a beefed-up structure for that additional avoirdupois. These changes were required because of U.S. crash standards. Thanks, safety!