A big challenge some petrolheads face is being a car enthusiast with a budget. Every single supercar that you might have your eyes on costs at least a few hundred thousand dollars and the only way of affording them would be to either sell a few organs, start moving bricks for El Chapo or to sell your house and start living in your shiny new toy! Good news is that I think I’ve found the solution to our little problem! If you are an enthusiast on a budget, let me introduce you to the perfect baby supercar: the Alfa Romeo 4C! Huge thanks to Sports Car World for letting me experience the amazing car that is the Alfa Romeo 4C!
There’s only one way to describe the aesthetics of the Alfa Romeo 4C and that is; a spectacular masterpiece. The car was designed by the legendary automotive designer, Lorenzo Ramaciotti. The inspiration for the 4C came from the good looking 33 Stradale. The front adorns the famous Alfa Romeo grille with bug-eyed headlights, and the rear has a minimalistic look. The combination of curves and air intakes gives the car a sophisticated and classy look. The 4C really is worthy of magazine centrefolds and wall posters!
greatest intoxication for a petrolhead is the combination of a great piece of
road and an animalistic howling of a fantastic car. The 4C doesn’t get a very
big engine but it does have a big roar. Take the car around a corner and it
will gurgle and howl and when pushed hard enough it will take part in an
enjoyable and yet controllable oversteer, and I can guarantee you will come out
of the corner with a huge grin on your face.
What really stunned me the most about the 4C was how comfortable it was to drive in the city. Most supercars have very firm suspensions, and if you’re in the city and drive over a pothole or speedbump you will feel like your spine is about to go through your skull. But in the 4C, city driving was more comfortable than in my Golf. Also, supercars have terrible ground clearance and so when you drive it around the city a small part of you dies every time you scrape the bottom of your beloved car on a bump, ramp or poorly done roads. But you won’t have that issue with the 4C!
The 4C Coupe has a 1.75 L four cylinder turbo charged engine made entirely of aluminium. It produces 240 hp and 350 Nm of torque with 80% of it being available at just 1700rpm. The car does the 0-100 km/h sprint in just 4.5 seconds and has a top speed of 258 km/h. The right hand drive version of the car is around 100kg heavier than the left hand drive but it still weighs an impressive 1025 kg (with 40:60 weight balance) thanks to the extensive use of carbonfibre that has led to the 4C’s notable power to weight ratio.
The car has a few major downsides. A drawback of the car is the interior. It feels very early 2000s considering it was launched in 2014. The interior technology looks outdated and the buttons on the centre console look a bit bulky and it lacks attention to detail. Another drawback is that the doorsills are pretty wide, so getting in and out of the car is a bit of a struggle and every time I tried to get out of the 4C, I looked like a flopping fish outside of the water! And the wide doorsills also means that if another car is parked too closely to the 4C, you would have a really hard time getting into or out of the car. The 4C also has a few other flaws that are pretty typical for a supercar; it has almost no luggage space, this particular 4C did have cup holders but they were not conveniently located and if you’re a particularly tall person there’s not too much leg room.
Now, I did mention that the 4C is a perfect budget supercar but I never discussed the price. On the market the 4C has an average price of $89,000 but depending on year, kilometres and badge you can find one as cheap as $60,000 all the way up to $135,990.
The 4C is a stunning car with a driving pleasure like no other! Driving it, you notice that the car constantly puts your enjoyment ahead of everything else and in a way that a fast sedan or a hot hatch simply cannot give you! This car is the best budget supercar out there and it won’t be around much longer. Unfortunately, Alfa will be producing the 4C coupe for only 1 more year while keeping the Spider version around a little bit longer.