2016 Alfa Romeo 4C

Pros: Razor-sharp handling; invigorating acceleration; wonderfully aggressive exhaust note; one-of-a-kind styling and driving personality

Cons: Cramped, exceptionally noisy cabin; lousy rear visibility; some low-grade interior materials; a bit pricy when compared to more-refined class rivals

CG Says: Under the auspices of parent-company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Italy’s Alfa Romeo brand was re-launched in America for 2015 with the 4C, a small, mid-engine 2-seater coupe with a very snarky attitude. A convertible Spider model was added midyear. For 2016, the 4C adds a standard Alpine stereo system, an available dual-mode exhaust system, an Carbon Fiber Trim Package, and a few minor trim upgrades. The 4C’s sole engine is a turbocharged direct-injection 4-cylinder that displaces 1750 cc (approximately 1.8 liters) and puts out 237 horsepower. It’s connected to Alfa’s TCT twin-clutch automated-manual transmission that features paddle shifters. The 4C is an uncompromising performance car that’s for serious enthusiasts only. The cabin is cramped and noisy, entry and exit is tricky because of the extremely low-slung seats, the ride is rough over anything but glass-smooth pavement, and visibility out the rear window is almost non-existent. There’s also no power steering, so maneuvering at parking-lot speeds is a real chore. All those rough edges give the 4C a raw nature that makes it a particularly thrilling, viscerally engaging driver’s car in the right circumstances. However, a Porsche Boxster or Cayman, or a Chevrolet Corvette, offer equally impressive performance and are much more livable in day-to-day driving.

The Facts
Class Premium Sporty/Performance Car
Body Style(s) 2-door coupe, 2-door convertible
Passenger Count 2
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive
Manufacturer Alfa Romeo
Nation of Manufacture Italy
Base Prices Base coupe: $55,900
Spider convertible: $65,900

Base Engine
turbocharged 1.7-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
237
Std. Transmission
6-speed automated manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
24
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
34

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C
2016 Alfa Romeo 4C
2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider
2016 Alfa Romeo Spider