Geneva motor show 2011 - Alfa Romeo 4C Concept

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Alfa Romeo 4C Concept
Alfa Romeo 4C Concept
Alfa Romeo has today unveiled its stunning 4C Concept car, here at the Geneva motor show.

The car maker describes it as a 'compact supercar', that represents the 'true essence' of a sports car according to its own brand values of performance, Italian style and maximum driving pleasure.

The 4C Concept is a mid-engined, two-seat, rear-wheel-drive coupe that's around four metres long and less than 2.5 metres wide. Alfa says the car's compact dimensions accentuate the car's agility, while its sharp, clean lines give it a distinguished and graceful appearance.

Materials and technology from Alfa's 8C Competizione supercar also find a home in the 4C Concept, with carbon, aluminium and its rear-wheel-drive system all included. The 200bhp 1.7-litre turbocharged petrol engine, its twin-clutch transmission and 'DNA' dynamic control set-up are also donated from other Alfa models, such as the hot Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde.

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The use of carbon and aluminium has helped to significantly cut the car's weight to less than 850kg. This helps the 4C Concept to blast from 0-62mph in less than five seconds.

Alfa says the 4C Concept's sporty suspension and mid-engined configuration – which distributes 40% of the car's weight on the front axle and 60% on the rear – make it as sporty to drive as its looks suggest.

The 4C Concept isn't just another exercise in motor show design, either – Alfa says it will be on sale in 2012.

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