Designed to accentuate the true meaning of Alfa Romeo's ethos, the 4C encapsulates all of this iconic motoring legend's values to produce a superb sportscar. Alfa Romeo 4C leasing provides a driving experience that proves the marque more than capable of designing and building an outstanding vehicle that properly reflects the brand values which Alfa stand for.
Lightweight and immensely responsive, the 4C takes advantage of a carbonfibre chassis, an all-aluminium engine and more weight saving across the car, giving it an unladen kerbweight of just 895kg and a power to weight ratio that challenges a number of supercars. Fast, fun and affordable to enthusiasts of all backgrounds, browse our latest Alfa Romeo 4C lease deals to find out more.
Welcome to the 4C.
So what’s it like? Pretty special is the answer. You realise that from the moment you drop inside and ease yourself into the beautifully woven carbon fibre tub, the very thing that makes this car the lightweight racer it is. The engine behind is borrowed from an Alfa hatch and offers only four cylinders and 240bhp.
Key the ignition and in the first of many 4C surprises, the 1,750cc turbo fires with an explosive eruption of noise. It’s a very special powerplant, with a horsepower-per-litre showing that trounces some of the greatest race engines ever built. And, for a unit of such small capacity, this one has some big lungs. Your neighbours are going to hate you.
One thing you won't have to worry yourself with is a clutch pedal, this car comes in twin-clutch sequential six-speed auto form only. As a result, the gearbox has a self-shifting A/M mode - but where's the fun in that? So instead, you punch the ‘1’ button that'll engage first gear and tell the car that you'll take care of the cog-swapping duties yourself using the wheel-mounted paddle shifters. The experience awaits.
As for ride quality, well actually it's pretty good. At first glance, an ultra stiff carbon chassis, low profile tyres and suspension that doesn't seem to have a whole lot of travel would seem to be a recipe for getting some loyalty bonuses from your chiropractor, but the 4C is surprisingly supple. This in fact is one of the main things that makes the car so much more of an easier day-to-day drive than a Lotus would be.
What else? Well, we’ve always thought that one of the true marks of a properly developed performance car is not how fast it goes but how quickly it stops. The Brembo brakes are reassuringly over-specified for the amount of weight they have to handle, hauling the car to a standstill from 62mph in just 35 metres. For reference, the Highway Code reckons you need more than 55 metres for that manoeuvre.
Levering yourself into the cockpit doesn’t leave you resorting to quite the sort of gymnastics required of an Exige driver but it’s still enough to imbue a race-ready feel. Get your foot in first, slide down into this beautifully supportive bucket seat then heave your other leg in and you're greeted with the competition-style cabin dedicated to the pursuit of performance. You even need a seat fitting to properly drive it, with the exact seat height set up for you when you collect the car.
What we do like is the in-dash TFT screen which carries a big electronic tacho surrounded by a digital read-out of your speed, gear, temperature, fuel and that most crucial piece of driving information, the date: don't ask. Switch the car into the ‘Race’ setting you’ll find on the transmission tunnel DNA driving mode selector and you’ll notice the whole display change shape and colour as you adjust to the sharper throttle, the quicker gearchanges and the fact that, rather bravely if you’re on a public road, you’ve opted to do without the safety net of stability control. So you’ll need to be at your best behind the wheel, fortunately aided by a nigh-on perfect seating position, with little in the way of pedal offset. Even the steering wheel redeems itself a little here by offering up a decent amount of adjustability.
The rear view though, is dreadful and the best investment you can make is the extra-cost set of parking sensors. Even that won’t completely help with every aspect of parallel parking thanks to invisible wings, wheel rims and wheel arches that all but disappear from view the moment that reverse is selected. While sounding practical, I’ll point out that there’s no glovebox, though you do get a couple of cupholders under your elbow, along with two slots beneath the dashboard where you can slot a bag of Haribos or your inevitable speeding tickets.
It’s a true driver’s car, more extreme in its execution than most of us expected. It's as if Alfa gave vent to years of frustration at being fobbed off with front-wheel drive Fiat platforms and decided to imbue this machine with everything they had. The very fact that we’ve finally got a mid-engined rear-wheel drive Alfa Romeo is enough to get the pulses racing. At last! And it looks fantastic. It's the Alfa we'd hoped and prayed for for thirty years. It doesn't disappoint.