The Alfa Romeo 4C (Type 960) is a mid-engined, lightweight, rear-wheel drive sports car. Available in coupé and spider body style, it uses a carbon fiber tub, front and rear crash box, and hybrid rear subframe mainly out of aluminum to keep weight at 895 kilograms. The entire carbon-fiber monocoque chassis (“tub”) of the car weighs a mere 65 kg. Front and rear aluminum subframes combine with the tub, roof reinforcements and engine mounting to comprise the 4C chassis giving the vehicle a total chassis weight of 107 kg and a total vehicle curb weight of just 1,118 kg. The 4C has a single carbon fiber body, similar to the body of many supercars. The outer body is made of a composite material (SMC for Sheet Moulding Compound) which is 20% lighter than steel. The stability is comparable to steel and better than aluminium.
The 4C Launch Edition was a limited and numbered edition, unveiled at the vehicle’s launch at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The vehicle came in a choice of four paint colours (Rosso Alfa, Rosso Competizione tri-coat, Madreperla White tri-coat or Carrara White matt). 400 examples were reserved for Europe, Africa and the Middle East, 500 for North America and 100 for the rest of the world (88 delivered to Australia—in Rosso Alfa and Madreperla White only)
Distinguishing features of the Launch Edition were carbon fiber trim (including headlight housings, spoiler and door mirror caps), rear aluminium extractor with dark finishing, Bi-LED headlights, dark painted 18-inch front and 19-inch rear alloy wheels, additional air intakes on the front fascia, red brake calipers, racing exhaust system, BMC air cleaner, specific calibration for shock absorbers and rear anti-roll bar, leather/fabric sports seats with parts in Alcantara and a numbered plaque. Alfa Red coloured cars got matching red stitching on the steering wheel, handbrake, mats, handles and sports seats.
The Alfa Romeo 4C Concept was voted the ‘Most Beautiful Concept Car of the Year’ award by the readers of German magazine Auto Bild, and won the Auto Bild Design Award 2011. It was awarded the “Design Award for Concept Cars & Prototypes” by referendum of the public in Villa d’Este.
No 335 / 500, Track package, Alfa DNA Drive Selector (Dynamic, Natural and All Weather), Reversing sensors, Bluetooth/USB/phone connectivity, iPod compatibility with HiFi upgrade, Cruise Control, Anthracite Grey wheels, Twin Sports exhaust, Carbon fibre wing mirrors, Carbon fibre headlamp surrounds, Carbon fibre lip boot spoiler, Exposed carbon fibre sills, 4C Carpet set.
The Alfa 4C can be rightly described as a modern day style icon; a superb return to form for the marque with this junior Supercar. This Launch Edition presents in the traditional Alfa Rosso; a stunning deep red that provides a perfect compliment to this design showcase.
Carbon is a key feature behind this car, and whilst the chassis is hidden by the beautiful bodywork, there is plenty to enjoy with headlight surrounds, door mirrors and rear wing composed of layered composite.
Commensurate with age and use the car is in as new condition.
The considerable weight saving theme is carried over to the cabin; stepping over the exposed carbon sills into a cosy tech-laden cockpit displaying an exclusive red stitch throughout. The dash is a simple single-piece moulding with the minimum of controls focusing on DNA drive select modes and a user friendly audio arrangement.
Commitment to the lightweight signature extends to the thinly padded carbon-shelled seats, a fixed passenger seat and leather strap door pulls.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The unsilenced 4 pot Turbo has plenty of poke on demand and dispenses huge torque via the TCT dual clutch 6 speed gearbox.
The various options of the DNA drive selector (Dynamic, Normal and All Weather) alter the personality of the drivetrain markedly whilst the taut ride, communicative steering and upright seating position give the 4C a racecar for the road persona.
Aft of the engine you will find a perfectly clean luggage space.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The Edition-specific Teledial wheels present unmarked – 18 inch to front and 19 inch to rear. The Pirelli P Zero rubber is as new.
With four-piston Brembo calipers up front and dual-opposing calipers at the rear the 4C comes to a stop from 60 mph in just 36 metres. “Our goal in development was to deliver the racing feeling and sensation,” says Alberto Cavaggioni, head of Alfa’s marketing, planning and brand development. “We wanted the brakes to work more on brake pressure than travel.”. There is little compromise; travel is short and the brakes bite hard.
Chassis 08249 was first registered by Motor Village Marylebone on the 15th May 2014. The original PDI and road test check sheet is present in the history file, as well as the Delivery Manual.
Having been used for dealership display purposes this as new Launch Edition is available to the market for the first time.
The car has just been MOT’d and is available for immediate viewing.
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