Following the announcement of the 86 North American Alfa Romeo dealerships, the Italian company has released official details about the American-spec 4C sports car.
As we previously reported, the main difference between the European spec and American spec Alfa Romeo 4C is the weight difference. While the Euro car has a dry weight of just 895 kg, the U.S. model weighs in at 1,050 kg. Some of the reasons behind the weight gain include a thicker carbon fibre monocoque, a new fuel system as well as air conditioning and radio as standard. While weight is up by more than 150 kg, make no mistake, the U.S-spec Alfa Romeo 4C is still very light by modern standards.
Under the hood, it is powered by the same 1.75-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine as the Euro car. This powertrain delivers 237 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque with power being sent to the rear wheels via a dual-clutch paddle-shift transmission. As a result, the Italian sports car can hit 100 km/h in the mid-4 second range before reaching a top speed of 258 km/h!
Pricing for the standard Alfa Romeo 4C starts at $53,900 excluding the $1,295 destination charge. However, before the standard 4C becomes available in the U.S, the Launch Edition will be the sole variant available. It will be limited to just 500 units starting at $68,400. The extra price tag buys new sports seats, bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, a carbon fibre rear spoiler and wing mirrors as well as red brake calipers.
Further changes include matte black wheels measuring 18-inch at the front and 19-inch at the rear, a racing exhaust and additional interior carbon fibre trim. Finally, the Launch Edition receives improved suspension including better front and rear sway bars. Of course, the exclusivity of the 4C Launch Edition also adds a bit to the sticker price.