It all starts from the first pencil sketches. These display all the emphasis, the enthusiasm of someone who tries to imagine something new when faced with a blank piece of paper.
In this situation, you put down on paper all your feelings, your convictions and, why not, even a touch of subversion.
The shapes come to life according to various sketches and drafts. The result is therefore the soul of a model, the essence of the 4C Concept. Shapes and silhouettes then follow, but only two or three drawings out of all the various proposals will be chosen to become models.
From paper drawings paper to a clay version, the 4C Concept shapes are plied, resized and fine-tuned. The 3/8 scale model reveals a compact car with curvy and uncluttered lines.
The model is now actual size. Approximately 4 m in length and a wheelbase of some 2.4 m
In its shape, the 4C Concept is revealed in all its compactness and agility, in a final model very similar to the original design.
Carbon fibre is the key element around which all of the 4C Concept's performance characteristics have been built. The chassis includes a tray made out of carbon in which a space has been formed for the seats.
A significant reduction in weight and optimisation of the centre of gravity: these are the benefits obtained through the use of aluminium for the rear structure and crash boxes. The 4C Concept weighs less than 850 kg.
The 4C Concept is a two-seater rear wheel drive coupé, unveiled in all its compactness and agility. Inspired by the style of the 8C, the 4C Concept reflects the same mechanical layout onto which the two main boxes are grafted: strong volumes and cross-sections at the rear, the front made up of two long muscles that give rise to the front wings and a 'V' on the bonnet ending in the distinctive badge. The suspension layouts are extremely sophisticated to ensure optimum agility and road-holding: high double-wishbone at the front, a McPherson layout at the rear.
The powerful rear mid-positioned 1750 four-cylinder Turbo Petrol power unit developing more than 200 HP guarantees optimum performance and acceleration from 0 to 100 km in under the threshold of 5 seconds.
On this supercar, technology derived from the 8C integrates and interacts with technology from Alfa Romeo's 'everyday' models. The car is equipped with a new Alfa TCT gearbox and Alfa D.N.A. selector
A concept becomes reality. The 4C Concept is assembled: the load bearing structure is ready to be clad, the body and all components to be put together. A wide and varied working team has been called in to achieve a single aim: to turn a prototype into a supercar. Before it is put on show, the 4C Concept will have to be assembled, painted and inspected.
All that is missing on the 4C Concept now is the name: the Alfa Romeo badge is placed on the car. The new concept car has arrived: curvy features, distinctive traits and all the character of a true Alfa.
Two colours flow dynamically on the vehicle body. A fiery red with dark hues, Lava Red soft touch finish and the new Fluid Metal, which creates a silvery reflective effect, like a sheet of metal.