2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Owners Manual – With Italian style, racecar-influenced manufacturing processes, and stunning performance, the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C joins the ranks of exclusive exotics. But the 4C gives up a lot of comforts to attain its performance. Similarly priced sports cars are much better for daily driving.
Alfa Romeo made a quiet exit from the U.S. nearly 20 years ago. Despite producing some iconic roadsters (the Spider) and an impressively sporty sedan (the 164), Alfa’s sales and reputation suffered because of unreliable cars that weren’t especially cheap to buy in the first place. But the Italian automaker, owned by Fiat and now related to Chrysler, is trying its hand at the American market again, this time with the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C.
2015 Alfa Romeo 4C models
The 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C is a two-passenger sport coupe available in base and Launch Edition trim levels.
Standard equipment on the base 4C includes 17-inch front and 18-inch rear wheels with high-performance tires, manual rack-and-pinion steering, LED taillights, keyless entry, one-touch power windows, four-way manually adjustable cloth-upholstered seats, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, power side mirrors, air-conditioning, a digital instrument panel, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and a four-speaker sound system with a USB interface and an auxiliary audio input.
2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Highlights
The 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C is an all-new model.
Performance & mpg
Powering the 4C is a turbocharged 1.7-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 237 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Power is routed to the rear wheels through an automated-clutch manual transmission. A four-mode driving selector and an electronically controlled rear differential are also standard.
2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Safety
Standard safety features include antilock disc brakes, multimode stability and traction control systems, hill-start assist, front and side airbags, and a driver-side knee airbag.
In simulated panic stops from 60 mph, our test driver recorded a 104-foot stop, which is appropriately short for a sports car.
2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Driving
Relatively wide door sills and bolt-upright seats make getting in and out a little tricky. Once inside, the highly contoured, flat-bottom steering wheel feels terrific in a driver’s hands; that is, until it’s time to parallel park. The steering system is unassisted, so be prepared to wrestle with the wheel at speeds under 10 mph. But what a treat at speed to have absolutely nothing but a mechanical connection between you and the front tires. “Precise and informative” only begin to describe the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C‘s unadulterated steering. Not since the last and similarly performance-focused Lotus Exige have we enjoyed pure rack-and-pinion steering and the utterly instantaneous response and poise the car exhibits. We’d be wary of ordering the optional track-ready suspension, however, as it is nearly unlivable for daily driver duty.
2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Interior
You’ll have to search high and low for a car constructed as the Alfa Romeo 4C is. Like a racecar, the passenger compartment is a “monocoque” made entirely of carbon fiber that is purposely left visible, especially in the footwells. Other racy elements include carbon-fiber seat frames with minimal padding and bottom-hinged aluminum pedals. But because saving weight was paramount for the 4C, there’s very little else inside. There are no armrests or glovebox; the seatbacks don’t recline; the dashboard, instrument panel, door panels, and seats are minimally adorned (if at all); the cupholders are useless, and there’s essentially no in-car storage.