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2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

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MSRP Range :
$67,495 - $67,495
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Combined Fuel Economy
28 MPG
Horsepower
237 HP
KBB Expert Rating
3.6 
KBB Consumer Rating
5.0 
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Pros

If you’re looking for a pure driver’s car, one specifically designed for the track but that’s also street legal, the 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C is it. Once in motion, the driver practically becomes one with the car, and while the ride can be uncomfortable, the driving experience is simply exquisite.

Cons

If you desire a performance coupe as comfortable on the track as it is on the highway, the Alfa 4C may not be the best choice. A Porsche 718 Cayman or Chevy Corvette offers more sophistication, better comfort and actual power-assisted steering.

What's New For 2018

Changes to the 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C are minor. A new front fascia with carbon-fiber vents is optional on both the coupe and convertible, while black leather seating with yellow accent stitching is now optional on cars painted black, white or gray.

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2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Pricing

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2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Expert Review

The 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe and Spider are endowed with a lightweight body, an eager 237-horsepower turbocharged engine and a suspension specifically designed for the track. Unlike the Chevrolet Corvette, BMW Z4 and Porsche 718 Cayman, however, the 4C can’t serve double duty as a comfortable daily driver. The stiff suspension and noisy interior are bad enough, but the standard steering setup offers no power assist. While this design is ideal for performing maneuvers at high speeds, it requires plentiful bicep strength when parallel-parking or attempting a low-speed U-turn. In short, the 4C is a purist’s car, but for those seeking what it has to offer, it may also be the perfect car.

Driving the 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

The Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe and Spider are the automotive equivalent of a surgeon's scalpel. As a scalpel is the perfect tool in the hands of a skilled surgeon, a good driver can feel great behind the wheel of the 4C. The unassisted steering communicates the experience of every block of tire tread. On paper it's out-powered by a Camry, but the 237-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder is only working against 2,500 pounds, making the 4C genuinely fast with only a hint of turbo lag. The dual-clutch automatic transmission shifts lightning quick, and there's a distinct difference among the various “DNA” (for Dynamic, Natural, Advanced Efficiency) drive modes. Yet, like a scalpel cutting vegetables, the 4C is sorely out of its element once you've left the racetrack. The suspension pounds over bumps, the engine screams constantly, the exhaust barks like a neighborhood dog, and at low speed that unassisted steering feels like pulling your arms out of tar.

Favorite Features

CARBON-FIBER MONOCOQUE
Thanks to a generous helping of carbon fiber, the 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C is both lightweight and fully capable of meeting all crash-test standards. The monocoque body design mimics those of racing cars and exotics far exceeding the 4C price range.

UNASSISTED STEERING
Excluding power assist from the 4C steering was purely a performance-based decision. While difficult to operate at lower speeds, the lack of power assist means the link between the driver and road is unfiltered, resulting in the most precise steering with minimal input.

2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Interior

One look at the 4C’s interior shows the designers placed a heavy emphasis on function over comfort. While we found much of the material and assembly to be quite good, there were a few glaring no-no’s. The seats bolt directly to the body, are manually operated and have limited range of motion. The result is a rather upright driving position, cramped shoulder room but, thankfully, good legroom. The audio system lacks the power or clarity to overcome interior wind and road noise, and the toolbox excuse for a trunk (3.7 cubic feet) behind the engine can barely hold a single overnight bag.

2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Exterior

This is a gorgeous car, with tidy lines, functional scoops and that oh-so-Alfa grille neatly integrated into a compact shape. The design evokes the Type 33 Stradale from the 1960s, but you're struck by the smallness of the Alfa Romeo 4C, especially in a parking lot full of giant SUVs, monstrous Camrys and hulking Civics. That assertive nose sits near the ground, making driveway approaches challenging, and rear visibility is poor. The Spider’s convertible top is a canvas targa top that stores in the trunk when rolled up. Surprisingly, it’s easy to get in and out of this tiny sports car.

2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Standard Features

Since saving weight was a goal, the Alfa Romeo 4C contains the basics and little else. There are power auto-down windows, air conditioning, a 7-inch color gauge-cluster display and a 4-speaker sound system with USB and audio inputs. The 4C uses its DNA selector that chooses from four different driving modes, which vary the aggressiveness of the throttle, transmission and stability control. Filling out the safety roster are front airbags, door-mounted side airbags and a driver's-knee airbag, along with stability control, traction control and hill-start assist.

2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Options

Options up the ante on performance, as if it were somehow lacking in the base car. Available are a dual-mode titanium exhaust from aftermarket company Akrapovic, and two track packages featuring firmer shocks and larger anti-roll bars, plus street-legal racing tires and a unique red-stitched steering wheel. There’s an upgraded audio system as well, but honestly, the engine sounds better. The Rosso Competizione Red tri-coat color looks amazing, and you can choose different wheel options as well. Spring for the rear parking sensors; we'd prefer a camera, but we'll take what we can get to help with the poor sightlines.

2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Engine

The Alfa 4C is powered by mid-mounted, 1.7-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine good for 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. While you’ll find more horsepower in most family sedans, the 4C’s diminutive 2,500-pound weight permits an impressive 10.4 power-to-weight ratio. The 4C can sprint to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds, but you’ll have to get past the brief turbo lag before you really feel the power kick in. The only transmission is a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic that can also be shifted manually via a set of paddle shifters. Even with its downshift rev-matching technology, this transmission just isn’t as satisfying as a good manual, something a car like the 4C is simply screaming for.

1.7-liter turbocharged inline-4
237 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
258 lb-ft of torque @ 2,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 24/34 mpg

How Much Does the 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Cost?

The basic 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe starts with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $57,500, including the $1,595 destination charge. The 2018 4C Spider still rings in at about $67,500. If you start adding options, you'll add about another $10,000 to each car thanks to things like a $2,750 carbon-fiber roof bar, a $2,000 carbon-trimmed interior, or the $1,600 Track Package. Still, it's fairly priced considering it's practically a race car. However, note that the far more livable Porsche 718 Cayman and Chevrolet Corvette undercut the Alfa in price, while offering better ride comfort and interior refinement. However, nobody ever bought a new Alfa Romeo on the strength of its resale value (poor to so-so) or low 5-year cost to own. These cars are bought because of love. But if you’re curious, check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others are paying for their new Alfa 4C.

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2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Consumer Reviews

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Performance
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Quality
5 
Comfort
4.2 
Reliability
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Styling
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01/04/2019
2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

"The Alfa 4C is awesome, but not for the timid."

A truly tactile exotic with speed, looks, and feel
Not a luxury car. Small fuel tank.
If you want comfort features, go elsewhere. This car is about beauty, speed, and connection to the road. Nothing else matters. Many manufacturers out there have softened driving to an afterthought... something that must be done while enjoying the luxuries of power steering, navigation with traffic, plush quiet interiors so you can listen to the digital realm of compressed audio, and phone chatter. The 4c removes that facade and leaves you in the hands of a carbon fiber monocoque hugging the road and an engine screaming at you for more curves and speed.Read less
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4c 4 Me
09/10/2015
2015 Alfa Romeo 4C

"Most fun car ever!"

Awesome!
Better Radio.
Fast, nimble, cool, exciting! Multiple drive modes are cool. Launch Mode is insane. Looks are awesome. You smile the whole time you drive. Not a luxury car - this is a sports car of old. Milage is great - average is 30 MPG. Would have given it 11's all the way through! Radio could be better. Need to be flexible and under 6'4". The car is loud and announces it's presence with authority. Best sports car ever.
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4C owner
03/11/2015
2015 Alfa Romeo 4C

"rocket fast - jaw dropping looks (literally)"

SOUND! Fast - mid engine handling
getting in and out and still trying to look cool-
from Porsche to Maserati, fastest car I have ever owned. I am afraid some of the dials and buttons are a TINY bit cheaper grade than I would like.
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Tom164
03/09/2015
2015 Alfa Romeo 4C

"An awesome affordable exotic sports car!"

Acceleration, handling, looks, exhaust note
a little difficult to get in and out of
I have owned my 4C Launch Edition for about 2 months, and absolutely love just about everything about the car. Admittedly, it is not as "practical" as a Cayman or Corvette, as it is somewhat difficult to get in and out of, particularly when taking care not to scuff the wide doorsills. It also doesn't have much of a trunk, and has very little interior storage. That being said, once you're inside there is a surprising amount of room, particularly for the driver. Also, contrary to some reviews, the interior is quite elegant and beautiful, with double stitched leather wrapped around the dash, doors, seats, and steering wheel - all sitting on a polished carbon fiber tub. While the seats are not overly plush, they are quite comfortable, though if you are over 6'2" or otherwise are large, you might not find the 4C as comfortable as I do. In terms of driving, the 4C is extremely fast, and handles incredibly sharply. The ride's firm but not harsh, and I have found that increasing the tire pressure by 4 pounds over the recommended 26/29 PSI increases the ride comfort considerably. While the steering is heavy at rest, once you are moving even a little bit, the steering feels perfect. Parallel parking would be a challenge due to the manual steering, but of course I would never attempt to parallel park the 4C because there is almost no rear shoulder visibility on either side. With the racing exhaust, the engine is loud, but in my opinion that is a good thing. I have no idea how Alfa got a four-cylinder Turbo to sound this good, but the exhaust note, especially from the outside, is just about the best I've ever heard. The sound from the Porsche flat 6 on the Cayman and 911 sounds very good, but is just a little too "metallic" sounding for my taste. The Audi RS4 from a few years ago had a great sounding exhaust note, as did the old Alfa 164Q, but the 4C is right up there with them. Oh, and while exterior styling is somewhat subjective, I think the 4C is one of the most beautiful cars in the world. Almost everywhere I go, people ask me about the car and went to take pictures. All in all,I think the 4C is a great sports car and a modern classic.Read less
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2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Specs & FeaturesBased on lowest-priced style.

Technology

  • Bluetooth Wireless Technology
  • Cruise Control
  • Hands Free Phone
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • USB Port

Entertainment

  • AM/FM Radio
  • iPod Connector
  • MP3 Player
  • Premium Radio
  • Satellite Radio
  • Auxiliary Input Jack
  • Bluetooth Streaming Audio
  • CD Player
  • HD Radio
  • iPod Interface
  • Subwoofer

Seating

  • Leather Seats

Comfort & Convenience

  • Front Air Conditioning
  • Power Locks

Fuel Economy

  • EPA City - 24 mpg
  • EPA Class - Two Seaters
  • EPA Hwy - 34 mpg
  • EPA Combined - 28 mpg

Performance

  • Horsepower - 237 hp
  • Horsepower RPM - 6000 rpm
  • Stroke - 3.17 inches
  • Torque - 258 foot pounds
  • Torque RPM - 2200 rpm

Interior

  • Cup Holder
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Power Windows
  • 12V Power Outlet
  • Compass
  • Leather Interior Trim
  • Power Outlet
  • Tilt Steering Wheel
  • Tilt/Telescoping Steering Wheel

Exterior

  • Alloy Wheels
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Heated Mirrors
  • HID Headlights
  • Number of Doors - 2 doors
  • Power Mirrors
  • Tires / Wheel Size - P205/45ZR17
  • Upgraded Wheels
  • Wheel Type - Aluminum Alloy
  • Rear Tires / Wheel Size - P235/40ZR18
  • Sidewall Description - BSW
  • Tire Type - Performance
  • LED Daytime Running Lights
  • LED Tail Lights

Security

  • Alarm System

Warranty

  • Basic Miles - 50000 miles
  • Basic Years - 4 years
  • Corrosion/Rust Through Miles - Unlimited miles
  • Corrosion/Rust Through Years - 5 years
  • Powertrain Miles - 50000 miles
  • Powertrain Years - 4 years
  • Roadside Assistance Miles - Unlimited miles
  • Roadside Assistance Years - 4 years

Mechanical

  • Alternator Amps - 160 amps
  • Axle Ratio - 4.12
  • Brakes: Front - Disc
  • Brakes: Rear - Disc
  • Braking System - Anti-Lock
  • Drivetrain - RWD
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Engine Type - Gas
  • Engine Sub-Type - Turbo
  • Tachometer
  • Transmission Type - Automatic
  • Cylinders - 4 cylinders
  • Displacement - 1.7 liter
  • Bore - 3.27 inches
  • Compression Ratio - 9.2
  • Fuel Induction - Sequential Multi-Port Injection
  • Total no. valves - 16 valves
  • Valve Train - Dual Overhead Cam
  • Engine Configuration - Inline
  • Max Engine Speed - 6500 rpm
  • # of Speeds - 6 speed
  • CID - 106 cubic inches
  • CCAs (Cold Cranking Amps) - 500 amps
  • Recommended Fuel - Premium
  • Manual Mode - Manual Mode
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Paddle Shifters

Dimensions, Weights & Capacities

  • Curb Weight - 2487 pounds
  • Fuel Capacity - 10.5 gallons
  • Head Room: Front - 38.0 inches
  • Height - 46.7 inches
  • Leg Room: Front - 42.7 inches
  • Max Seating Capacity - 2
  • Minimum Ground Clearance - 4.4 inches
  • Overall Length - 157.0 inches
  • Shoulder Room: Front - 49.8 inches
  • Standard Seating Capacity - 2 passenger
  • Towing Capacity, Maximum - Not Recommended
  • Trunk or Cargo Capacity - 3.7 cubic feet
  • Turning Diameter - 40.5 feet
  • Wheel Base - 93.7 inches
  • Width with mirrors - 73.5 inches
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2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Safety

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2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Safety Technology
  • Child Seat Anchors
  • Driver Airbag
  • Passenger Airbag
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control
  • Driver Knee Airbag
  • Front Side Airbag
  • Rear Parking Sensors

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2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Rankings

Horsepower
237 HP
MPG Combined
28 MPG
Consumer Ratings
5.0 Rating
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HP
#4
354 HP
#6
2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider
237 HP

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