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Automotive Traveler Magazine: 2013 04 2014 Alfa Romeo 4C Page 2

At last month's Geneva Motor Show, the production version of the 2014 Alfa Romeo was revealed in what is called the Launch Edition. With just 500 4Cs slated to be imported to North America for 2014, it promises to be next year's gotta have car.

Pan-European pricing for the 4C was announced by Alfa Romeo in Geneva, starting at 60,000 Euros. This converts to approximately $80,000 but with European having value added taxes incorporated into the base price, expect that here in North America that the 4C will be based priced somewhere between $60,000 and $65,000 depending on how Alfa Romeo configures the 4C for its North American Launch Edition. (The specification information contained her is for the European version. Specifications for the North American edition are expected to closely mirror those of the European edition.)

The 4C features a new all-aluminum engine featuring direct-injection with 240-horsepower. With a weight of just under 2,000 pounds this should propel the 4C from 0 to 60 mph in less than 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph.

The 1750 Turbo gasoline engine is teamed with the Alfa TCT twin dry-clutch transmission. The gears can be changed in sequential mode using the "shift paddles" located behind the steering wheel. What's more, to ensure the best performance in accordance with the road conditions and driving style, the Alfa TCT adopts optimised operating logic, interacting with the Alfa DNA selector, the braking system, the engine management system and the vehicle stability control system. For example, in automatic mode, the shifting logic differs according to the Alfa DNA setting.

The New Alfa DNA Selector with Race Mode

A specific evolution of the Alfa DNA selector has been developed for Alfa Romeo 4C, which not only features the three standard settings available on other models in the range--Dynamic, Natural and All Weather--but also a fourth mode: 'Race', designed to enhance the driving experience on a racetrack even further. It only takes a long press of the selector in Dynamic position to activate it: in this mode, the Alfa DNA deactivates the stability control and anti-slip systems, leaving the driver in full, exciting control. Finally, the full-digital instrument panel with TFT display changes configuration--showing only information relevant to the chosen mode--and color in line with the Alfa DNA setting: yellow for Race, red for Dynamic, grey for Natural and blue for All Weather.

The chassis is a monocoque made