The Fiat Coupé Turbo was introduced in 1995 - two years after the first non-turbo cars were introduced in 1993.
Chris Bangle, an American designer, penned its distinctive styling. The interior design of the Fiat Coupe came from Pininfarina, an independent Italian car design firm and coach builder in Cambiano, Italy which was founded by Battista "Pinin" Farina in 1930.
Bangle started his career with Opel in Germany over the years from 1981 to 1985. Thereafter he moved to Fiat in Italy working as a Chief Designer on Fiat Coupe.
On its launch, the Fiat Coupe Turbo was the fastest front wheel drive car in Europe. And despite it being based on the Fiat Tipo platform, Fiat's engineers managed to create a superb handling front wheel drive sports car. In 1998 a Limited Edition version was offered, this came with a body kit, upgraded brakes, a six speed gearbox, a strut brace to help reduce torque steer, Recaro sports seats, and a race inspired push button start. The limited edition run was originally 300, but in the end there was nearly 4 times this number.
The all-new forthcoming 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe spearheads the Italian sports car with Mid-engine proportions and inspiration highlighting a purposeful design for maximum performance. Alfa Romeo 4C combines the best technical and manufacturing competencies of two brands, Alfa Romeo and Maserati
Unique set of advanced materials and technological solutions from Formula 1:
- Carbon fibremonoc oque designs are favoured amongst high-performance cars and racing cars today for their overall structural integrity and the fact that one can design a monocoque out of lightweight materials such as carbon fibre and expect the resulting vehicle to be light.
- Aluminum chassis structures and a composite body shell for an ultra-lightweight design with super car-level performance.
- State-of-the-art power-train technology: all-aluminium 1750 cc direct-injection turbocharged engine with inter cooler, dual variable-valve timing and advanced scavenging technology is paired to a blistering fast Alfa TCT (twin-clutch transmission) with Alfa DNA selector.
The Alfa Romeo 4C is inspired by the century-old tradition of Alfa Romeo and projects the brand's authentic values into the future: Italian style, performance and engineering excellence, offering maximum driving satisfaction in total safety.
Ultra-lightweight: carbon fiber, aluminum and composites structures:
To create the ultra-lightweight architecture needed for maximum performance and dynamic efficiency, Alfa Romeo 4C engineers looked to Formula 1 and only the most advanced supercars for state-of-the-art materials. The result is a monocoque made entirely of carbon fiber that delivers extraordinary stiffness and strength. Attached to the Alfa Romeo 4C's exotic monocoque are front and rear cell structures, roof reinforcements and an engine-mounting frame made from lightweight aluminum.
Finally, two sport seats feature a carbon fiber and fiberglass reinforced-composite structure to deliver the strength and seating position needed for performance driving.
4C combines the best technical and manufacturing competencies of Alfa Romeo and Maserati. The very best technical and industrial expertise of the Alfa Romeo which is a distinguishing trait and a brand with a century of history that continues to be one of the most famous and and popular ambassadors of Italian products worldwide. However, Maserati brands were also used to develop the all-new Alfa Romeo 4C. Teamwork between the two brands included the integration of the Alfa Romeo Style Center design with the well-known craftsmanship of the Maserati brand's Modena production plant. Additionally, the Alfa Romeo 4C was boosted by the technological contributions of Italian suppliers, who are international leaders in manufacturing high-performance components.