Alfa Romeo 4C Gr.3 Road Car
While Alfa Romeo produced a number of mid-engine race cars in its day, the 4C, introduced in 2013, represents the marque’sfirst mass-production car that features the performance-minded layout.
Alfa Romeo engineers stressed weight reduction when developing this high-performance sports car. They installed a carbon monocoque structure that weighs only 143 lbs, and mated it a lightweight aluminum subframe. Also helping to keep the car’s curb weight low is the 1,742 cc aluminum engine block that’s 49 lbs lighter than its steel counterpart found in the Giulietta. As a result, the 4C tips the scales at a lean 1,973 lbs.
The 4C’s turbocharged direct-injection inline-4 produces 236 HP and peak torque of 258.2 ft-lb. It comes mated to a quick-shifting dual-clutch 6-speed gearbox that helps the 4C run from 0-62 mph in 4.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 160 mph.
One would assume that performance figures from a car with such a modest engine output would be improbable, but the lightweight nature of the 4C makes it possible. It also looks the exotic-car part, sporting a design theme based on the famous Tipo 33/2 Stradale.
Alfa Romeo included a limited-edition model, whose production run was 1000 units, in the 4C lineup. This car, which commemorated the launch of the 4C, came equipped with special carbon headlight bezels, door mirrors and rear spoiler, as well as a sports suspension system and sports exhaust. This model sold out immediately, and as for the base 4C, well, potential customers had to endure a long waiting list as the car’s production couldn’t meet the high demand.
*This model was specially tuned to meet Gr.3 regulations by Gran Turismo
**This car is only available through Mileage Store