Fiat Chrysler formally announced the return of Alfa Romeo to the U.S. today (April 16) with the debut of the all-new 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C at the New York Auto Show. In celebration of that return, Alfa Romeo will be offering a very limited number (500 only) of a special Launch Edition. Those first 500 Alfa Romeo 4C coupes will be serialized and include a special Launch Edition plaque.
The new Alfa Romeo 4C will be sold through a select group of Fiat Design Studios across North America beginning later this year. The special 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition will be available this June and will be offered in Alfa Red (Rosso Competizione) and in White (Madreperla).
Special treatments on the Launch Edition will include Bi-xenon headlamps with LED illuminated daytime running lights, carbon fiber rear spoiler and mirror caps, aluminum rear diffuser, race suspension tuning with front- and rear-sway bars and performance-tuned shock absorbers, racing exhaust, staggered 18-inch (front) and 19-inch (rear) forged wheels painted in Dark Gray, red lacquered brake calipers, sport seats with black microfiber, leather-wrapped instrument and door panels and Red or White interior accent stitching on the instrument panel, steering wheel, handbrake, floor mats and door handles.
The Alpha 4C leads the Italian brand’s highly anticipated return to North America. The new 4C takes its inspiration from the century-old tradition of Alfa Romeo while projecting the brand's authentic values into the future including: Italian style, performance and engineering excellence, offering maximum driving satisfaction in total safety, says Fiat Chrysler.
The “4C” name recalls Alfa Romeo's great sporting tradition: the acronyms 8C and 6C in the 1930s and 1940s distinguished racing and road cars fitted with powerful eight and six cylinder engines. The 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C model’s designation will continue this tradition with their latest all-aluminum 1750 cc turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers 237 horsepower with 258 lb.-ft. of torque.
The new engine is mated to a paddle-shifting Alfa TCT twin-clutch transmission, which has been specifically tuned for the all-new Alfa Romeo 4C. An innovative Alfa DNA selector (with “Race” mode) enables the driver to optimize the right level of performance through four driving modes. With a touch of the Alfa DNA selector, the drive performance of the Alfa Romeo 4C can be changed. The modes (in order of increasing capability) are: All-weather, Natural for touring type driving, Dynamic to step up the driving performance and the ultimate Race that puts the driver in total control of the car under race conditions.
In Race, the ESC and anti-slip regulation (ASR) are deactivated to allow the driver to control traction through the accelerator pedal. A launch control function can be activated in the Race mode, allowing the Alfa Romeo 4C to deliver 0-to-60 mph acceleration in the mid-4 second range.
The new Alfa Romeo 4C is uses leveraged advanced materials and technological solutions from Formula 1, including a mid-engine design with carbon fiber monocoque, aluminum chassis structures and a composite body shell for an ultra-lightweight coupe that will deliver with supercar-level performance. The new Alfa Romeo 4C is a combination of the best technical and manufacturing competencies of two Fiat-owned brands, Alfa Romeo and Maserati – who are generally considered the heart of racing from Italy.
Pricing for the new Alfa Romeo or the Launch Edition was not included with the announcement today nor was the date that orders could be first placed. Based on prior experience with limited or launch editions, interested buyers should be in touch with their local Fiat Design Studio right now to have a shot at getting a 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition.
Source: Fiat Chrysler