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2011-09-07 11:26

ITALIAN STYLE: Alfa compact supercar, the 4C, should provide unparalleled style and dynamics for its size when it (finally) comes to market.

 

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...

SHRUNKEN SUPERCAR

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.

CURIOUSLY SIMILAR

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…


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