Alfa Romeo 4C supercar concept comes with a carbon fiber body

March 3, 2011, By Alex Ion

A rather sleek carbon fiber body, curvy lines, a short wheelbase (just 2.4m) and a very efficient powerplant under the hood, that’s what makes Alfa Romeo 4C stand out in the mini-supercar market.

The Italian manufacturer has taken the wraps off their latest four wheeler, the new Alfa Romeo 4C, at this year’s Auto Salon in Geneva, and although the car was unveiled as a concept, we’re happy to learn that it will actually start selling from 2012.

Under the hood, the drop-dead gorgeous 4C comes with a turbocharged 1.75-liter direct-injection four-cylinder engine mated to a twin-clutch automated manual transmission. The engine outputs 200hp (funny how the same engine does 225hp in the Giulietta 1750 Tbi) and helps the car sprint from naught to 62mph in less than 5 seconds, to a top speed of around 155mph.

How is possible? First thing to consider is the fact that the Alfa Romeo 4C has a carbon fiber body. The lightweight supercar weighs a bit less than 850kg and has more than 60-percent of its weight on the rear wheels, which would eventually lead to spectacular performance and handling. At least in theory.

I think I’m in love. Check out more images with the new Alfa Romeo 4C, below.

[images via CNET]

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