Five-Point Inspection: 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C

Five-Point Inspection: 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C
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3. Alfa Romeo Power

The 4C is propelled by a mid-mounted four-cylinder engine. Measuring an oddly specific 1.75-liters – a classic Alfa Romeo displacement – this turbo banger puts out 237 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. It’s matched exclusively to a quick-witted twin-clutch automatic transmission, TCT in Fiat/Chrysler parlance. Sorry purists, a manual would have been difficult to package into a vehicle this low and small. Maybe next time.

Helping to up the output, this all-aluminum engine features things like direct fuel injection and variable valve timing for enhanced performance and greater efficiency. Boost provided by the turbo hits nearly 22 PSI.

Estimated fuel economy measures 24 miles per gallon in the city and 34 on the interstate, figures that translate in a combined score of 28 MPG.

  • 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.