Alfa Romeo’s eagerly awaited “pocket supercar”, the 4C, is here at last – and it’s been well worth the wait, says Paul Hudson in The Daily Telegraph. It’s “everything an Alfa should be: pure, involving, uncomplicated driving pleasure, wrapped in voluptuous bodywork”.
And it is fantastic to drive too, says Hudson. The engine starts with “a volume of mechanical chatter you rarely get in modern cars”; it is “phenomenally quick”; and it has a delightfully old-fashioned feel, with rear-wheel drive, unassisted steering and “wonderful brakes”.
The first batch of cars heading to the UK are already sold, but prospective buyers should order now for deliveries in late 2014. “Form an orderly queue”: this Alfa “will be remembered as one of the greatest sports cars of the age”.
The car will sell purely on its styling, says Richard Meaden in Evo, but there’s no doubt it is a “quality item”, worth every penny of its £45,000 asking price. It’s a return to form for Alfa, says Steve Cropley in Autocar, and is one of those cars that, for all its faults, truly stands apart from all the rest.
Price: from £45,000
Power: 240bhp @ 6,000rpm
Torque: 258lb ft @ 2,100-4,000rpm
Top speed: 160mph
0-62mph: 4.5 secs
Fuel economy: 41.5mpg (EU Combined)
Carbon dioxide: 157g/km
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