AMG-like lacquer for Alfa supercar

2011-09-07 11:26

Italy’s keenly anticipated compact supercar, Alfa Romeo’s 4C, will be shown with a copycat SLS AMG paint finish at the 2011 Frankfurt auto show. 

The 4C wowed attendees at the 2011 Geneva auto show in March, with Alfa promising that the striking two-door should be available (albeit in a limited 500 unit run) by late 2012 or (very) early 2013. Now, Alfa's prepared a second display car for  Frankfurt - promising more production-ready configuration and a special paint finish...


Alfa’s ultra-light two-door coupe, due for its 2011 Frankfurt reveal in less than a week, has a host of technical highlights from the – and a rather special "fluid metal" surface finish.

The 4C concept’s material composition and configuration borrows heavily from Alfa's 8C Competizione supercar. Rear-wheel drive (something that will surely hearten enthusiasts), mid-engined and constructed from a blend of composite and aluminium, it really is a miniaturised 8C Competizione of sorts.

Despite being rather compact (it’s only four metres, bumper-to-bumper, with a wheelbase of less than 2.4m), the styling is typically gorgeous (nothing less would do, for an Alfa concept). It’s remarkably light, too – only 850kg, a statistic sure to guarantee great agility.

Power comes from the automaker’s 1.75-litre, four-cylinder, turbo petrol engine with direct injection - seen in South Africa in the Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde, it generates 173kW; mated to Alfa’s new dual-clutch transmission. Alfa says its 4C should be good for a less than five seconds to 100km/h.


The most obvious change for the Frankfurt showcar, as opposed to the Lava red one displayed at Geneva, is its “fluid metal” finish, a lacquer specifically chosen for its reflective properties – gauged to best showcase the 4C’s striking styling lines.

Alfa Romeo’s "fluid metal" finish appears curiously similar to the R125 000 Alubeam paint Mercedes-Benz has as an option on its SLS AMG…