Alfa has announced there will be 1000 “launch edition” models and 3500 production vehicles of the exotic 4C sports coupe in the first year. Australian spokeswoman Karla Leach says Australia-Pacific will get around 10 per cent of that allocation. Just how many of the estimated 100 and 350 vehicles respectively are destined for Australia is still to be decided.
Both versions will arrive in Australia in the second quarter of next year and Alfa Australia already holds 100 serious expressions of interest. “Until we know the allocation we’ve put a hold on pre-orders,” Leach explained.
Final pricing has not been confirmed yet, but Australian cars are expected to cost $80,000-$90,000 for the regular vehicle and $100,000-$120,000 for the launch edition.
The two-seater 4C is based around a carbon-fibre chassis to keep weight down to a svelte 895kg (dry). The 1.7-litre turbo petrol engine is good for 177kW/350Nm and power is transferred to the rear wheels via a dual-clutch auto.
The launch version adds a carbon fibre spoiler and mirror covers, rear alloy diffuser, 18-inch front and 19-inch rear alloys finished in a burnished look, brake callipers in the buyer’s choice of four colours, a race exhaust, BMC air cleaner and a suspension kit with harder shock absorbers and rear anti-roll bar.