Alfa Romeo 4C coupe adds styling update

Alfa Romeo launched its long-awaited 4C coupe to customers back in late 2013, over three years after a concept of the sports model was first revealed to the public.

All the way back during the 2011 Geneva Motor Show the concept version of the 4C coupe made its first public appearance. The production version of the 4C coupe did not change much compared to its similarly stunning concept model.

One very noticeable difference between the concept and production models, however, was in the headlight design. This change stirred a lot of online debate among those interested in Alfa Romeo’s latest sports car.

Earlier this month at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, a new convertible concept version of the Alfa Romeo 4C made its public debut.

The design of the headlights on this new convertible, called the 4C Spider, is expected to be carried over to the production version likely to launch in early 2015. The headlight design on the Spider bears a much closer resemblance to the design shown on the original coupe concept.

These new headlights will be the only design available for customers of the 4C Spider. Buyers of the 4C Coupe, however, are now being offered the choice between the original headlight design and the new ones used on the upcoming Spider. Thus customers receive more freedom in styling when choosing this spectacular Italian sports model.

The Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe is priced at £45,000 and uses a very lightweight body made of a mixture of aluminium and carbon fibre.

Influenced by the use of Formula 1-inspired technologies, the Alfa Romeo 4C weighs in just 895kg. To put that weight figure into perspective, that is about 200kg less than an Alfa Romeo Mito supermini in comparison.

Powering the 4C Coupe is a 1.8-litre turbocharged petrol engine, mated to dual-clutch gearbox and backed by Alfa’s DNA driver setting computer.

The Alfa 4C Coupe can go from a standstill to 62mph in just 4.5 seconds and go on to a top speed of 160mph.

While the performance figures are in supercar territory, the 4C returns impressive fuel economy and CO2 emission numbers for a sports car. Thanks in large part to its lightweight build; the 4C emits just 157g/km and returns a combined fuel efficiency figure of 41.5mpg.