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2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C was new.


Performance: 8.9

When you drive the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C, test drivers agree that you'll enjoy astounding acceleration, tight handling and a strong feeling of connection with the car. However, they warn that the 4C has a stiff ride, a loud cabin and no power steering, so it isn't an ideal choice for a daily commute.

  • "There's borderline supercar performance here for the price of a base Porsche Boxster, and that (plus the 4C's alluring Italian looks) should clinch plenty of sales among discerning buyers." -- Autotrader
  • "I feel like I've just driven the best car I've encountered in 2014. It's a weird feeling when a car is so good it casts suspicion on everything you've ever believed in." -- Autoweek
  • "For one of the rawest driving experiences offered in the modern era, look no further than the Alfa Romeo 4C." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "As my first downtown stint behind the wheel proved, the 4C is not a car that will suit as a daily driver for anyone but the deeply masochistic. Yet driving it as intended is so magical - perhaps even improved thanks to the character of its most obvious flaws - that I think it deserves a rank among the very best sports cars one can buy today." -- Autoblog

Acceleration and Power

The 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C is powered by a turbocharged 1.7-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission is standard. The 2015 4C gets an EPA-estimated 24/34 mpg city/highway, which is high for the class. According to Alfa Romeo, the 4C can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in the mid-4-second range and has a top speed of 160 mph.

Test drivers note that the 2015 4C has plenty of power considering its low weight, and the powertrain delivers amazing acceleration. According to critics, the 4C also produces a loud engine noise while you're driving that can be appealing, but might also wear on you after a long trip. Reviewers say that the 4C's automated manual is a worthy substitute to a manual transmission because it provides the convenience of an automatic but delivers very quick gear changes.

  • "The 4C is a relative rocket, and paired with the six-speed dual-clutch automatic, this engine launches the Alfa from zero-to-60 mph in around 4.5 seconds." -- Left Lane News
  • "Oh my God. This car is so freaking fast." -- Autoweek
  • "With no clutch pedal, the dual-clutch equipped 4C drives like a regular automatic but with exceptionally quick shifts and more direct throttle control. It's a fine transmission that helps us forgive the absence of a proper 3-pedal manual." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The 4C hits 60 mph in roughly 4.5 seconds, tops 110 mph in fourth gear and noses over 160 mph, as an avant garde soundscape of turbo whoosh and mechanical clatter pounds through the carbon-fiber firewall behind you. This Alfa engine is no Ferrari V-8 in terms of melodiousness, but the unmediated four-cylinder racket still manages to charm - at least for the first 100 miles." -- Automobile Magazine

Handling and Braking

Test drivers report that the rear-wheel drive Alfa Romeo 4C has powerful brakes and phenomenal cornering grip, adding that it feels lighter and more responsive than rivals like the Porsche Cayman. Because the 4C doesn't have power steering, reviewers write that it has unbelievably accurate and responsive steering. However, they also note that it takes tremendous effort to turn the car at low speeds, and they say that the 4C has a stiff ride, which may be a deal breaker for some buyers.

  • "Flying headlong on oceanside two-laners, the 4C scrubs off speed with exhilarating force and brushes curves aside like so many gnats. The powerful 325-hp Porsche Cayman S might be able to stay on the Alfa's pretty tail fairly effortlessly, but the Alfa is far more physical and responsive, as you'd expect in a smaller car that weighs 500 pounds less." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "I don't think the ride is bad enough to deter a performance driving enthusiast, but it was enough to end several of my passengers' love affairs with the car." -- Cars.com
  • "The steering system is unassisted, so be prepared to wrestle with the wheel at speeds under 10 mph. But what a treat at speed to have absolutely nothing but a mechanical connection between you and the front tires. 'Precise and informative' only begin to describe the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C's unadulterated steering." -- Edmunds
  • "You feel the weight transition through a corner, and the car grips and grips and grips -- no corner is too fast for it, no camber will disturb it." -- Autoweek

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