Five-Point Inspection: 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C

Five-Point Inspection: 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C

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.

2015-Alfa-Romeo-4C-16.JPGThe 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.

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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!

  • Jofran

    Remind me again why would I buy this over a C7 Vette

  • Rickers

    Meh. Some people just don’t want a Corvette. You could use that C7 argument on EVERY car being sold.

  • obvious

    Because its an Alfa

  • Sammy

    A C7 is agricultural in comparison !

  • Aajaxx

    This car is a little too far out of the envelope of Alfa, which was never about crazy performance and much more about usable levels of power and handling. Yes, it is an automotive tour de force. But lose the turbo and the automatic transmission, add a bit of wheel base and a more compliant suspension, and you would have something closer to a real Alfa.

  • Stevo

    Asking for a lot of answers there!!!
    1 precisely because it’s not a corvette
    2 because it’s Italian and not American …. Or German ….. Or Japanese
    3 because seeing 2 in one town would be unlikely
    4 because when you see the reviews telling you a Porsche is better you can clearly see the alfa breaking to stay behind it

  • dougie_s

    having driven alfas for over 20 years, i am all for their return to the usa. i can live w/a turbo – if it doesn’t have lag. but, w/o a manual transition, it’s completely out of the question.

    i will stick w/my 220hp 2600lb 3.0 alfa gtv6 and my 475hp 3000lb de tomaso pantera.

  • Samuel Mazowe

    Alfa Romeo is the best car i have enjoyed it. Keep Calm Drive Alfa Romeo. I have Alfa Rome 147 2.0cc and controls a group of Alfa Romeo Owners in Zimbabwe.