Alfa’s carbon fiber go-kart will get an overhaul next year.
Planned for a late 2018 debut ahead of sales commencing in January 2019, the lightweight two-seater is in line to receive revised suspension and steering, with the potential for a new engine as well–but no manual gearbox.
The plan was confirmed by Alfa Romeo and Maserati engineering boss Roberto Fedeli, who spoke to Autocar at the launch of the Stelvio Quadrifoglio. Even though the automotive media has a love-hate relationship with the 4C, Fedeli says instead of killing off the coupe, he wants to transform the 4C into the car it always should have been.
“We are coming back to Formula 1,” Fedeli added, “and we need the 4C to be our halo car.”
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While he was at it, Fedeli also took the opportunity to reiterate that in the future no high-performance Alfa Romeos, Maseratis or Ferraris will be made available with three pedals because no one wants them anymore. It’s unclear if Fedeli’s statement points to the demise of the Giulia QV’s European exclusive six-speed manual transmission option.