Alfa Romeo 4C
For years, Alfa Romeo needed a halo car; a limited production model to generate hype from car enthusiasts. A limited model could turn the attention of the automotive public to this once glorious brand. After the ultra-exclusive 8C, in 2013, they presented the Alfa Romeo 4C. But nobody expected such a car from Alfa.
The 4C was kind of a “junior supercar” with its carbon fiber tub, lightweight construction, cramped interior and four-cylinder turbocharged engine. Their goal was to make the 4C as light as possible, so there are no power steering components and luxury items. And the result was a fantastically-capable little super sports car with weights under 1000 kg, making there no need for power steering.
The heart of the 4C is the tiny, 1.8-liter engine with a turbocharger that delivers 238 HP to the rear wheels. The performance is as amazing as you would expect. In fact, 0 to 60 mph is possible in 4.7 seconds, while the 4C can top 160 mph. The downside is that the car is extremely wide, yet the interior space is limited.
Also, the ride is harsh since the suspension is tuned to the racetrack instead of the street. The 4C is available in the U.S. and its production is limited. So, if you want a supercar with the fuel economy of a compact and power to weight ratio of a Formula One car, you’d better hurry up.