The immediate thing that strikes you when you get up close to Alfa Romeo’s 4C for the first time is just how tiny it is. There’s also how good it looks, sure, but it’s this micro-machine neatness that is the 4C’s defining characteristic, weighing in at a super-slimline 846kg.
Consider that the Fiat 500 is nearer the 1,000kg mark and you start to get the picture.“Reducing the weight was one of the main guidelines of the design,” Alessandro Maccolini, Exterior Designer of the 4C tells Esquire, “and this can be seen in every single component of the car and the development of its style.”
From the aluminium engine and the McLaren-esque carbon tub that it’s built on, right down to the interior floor carpets (oh, there aren’t any), this car has had a long and arduous spell at the motoring equivalent of fat camp and the result is a mid-engined two-seater that doesn’t need massive power to put in some semi-supercar numbers, and for a lot less cash.
Agility is the watchword. Rarely has cutting back turned out so well.
Engine: 1.75-litre turbo
0–62mph: 4.5secs (est)
Top speed: 155mph
Price: £50,000 (est)
On sale: Autumn
Photographs by David Ryle