2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe
Race Organizer Review07/29/2015
The race series that employs me, the 24 Hours of LeMons, is now in its busiest part of the year, and that means I don't always have time to drive something suitable for a Race Organizer Review to every event. A couple of weeks ago, I opted for a rental Chrysler 200 at the Pacific Northworst race, but before that I took a blindingly orange-and-white Fiat 500e to San Francisco for some LeMons administrative meetings. Why not follow up a silly-looking yet oddly practical Italian car with an Italian car that makes no sense? Last weekend, I picked up a Rosso Competizione Alfa Romeo 4C at Midway Airport and drove it to the Autobahn Country Club for the 2015 Doin' Time In Joliet 24 Hours of LeMons.
2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider first drive
Joy at your fingertips06/12/2015
What is it?
The 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider is the second salvo in Alfa’s latest incursion into North America. So far all of the company’s hardtop launch edition 4Cs are sold, and the average on-lot time for the next batch is just 17 days. It’s a good problem to have, says Alfa -- though it's worth noting total sales this year only add up to 295 units. The removable-top 4C Spider arrives later this summer. It’ll sticker for $65,495 including $1,595 in destination charges.
The 4C Spider gets the same Italian-made, all-aluminum 1.75-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the coupe, making 237 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. It sits behind the driver, but doesn’t cause nearly as many visibility problems as it does on the coupe. A six-speed twin-clutch transmission sends power to the rear wheels through an electronic limited slip differential. That, plus the launch control function, pushes the 4C Spider to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds. Alfa notes that it’s faster than both the Porsche Cayman and the Boxster--two of the most obvious competitors. Top speed is 160 mph, which seemed easily reachable on a decent stretch of track.
2015 Alfa Romeo 4C review notes12/16/2014
ROAD TEST EDITOR JONATHAN WONG: It takes a special car to make me wake up at 4 a.m. to drive across the state of Michigan to a racetrack and then back before returning it in the afternoon. But that’s exactly what the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C made me do earlier this year. We were out at Michigan International Speedway doing an Autofile track test with the car and were having a good old time with it slinking effortlessly through our tight slalom course and blasting around the short infield road course. However, there was a part of me that really wanted to get the 4C on a proper road course where I could push the car harder and really get to know it. As an enthusiast, the 4C really spoke to me, which got the gears turning in my head to see if something could be done to scratch my track itch. A phone call was made and a two-hour window was mine at GingerMan Raceway in South Haven, Mich., as long as I didn’t mind getting there at 7 the following morning. A group had the track rented for the day beginning at 9 a.m.