Launch Edition

As speculated the 4c has been launched at Geneva in the form of a "Launch Edition". A limited run of 1,000 cars (400 in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, 500 in North America and 100 in the rest of the world) at an advanced specification, but without the details of the standard car it’s difficult to quantify. The Carrara white paint is confirmed as unique to the Launch Edition as are the enhanced carbon-fibre body parts (headlights, spoiler and wing mirrors) driving sessions with Alfa trained instructors and dark tinted alloy wheels are also bundled in.

The Launch Edition is price at 60,000 Euro (around £51,600) in European markets but no confirmation of UK as yet. What Alfa has confirmed is the 1.75-litre direct-injection turbo will be rated at 240hp  powering through Alfa’s TCT dual-clutch gearbox. The carbon monocoque has helped it tip the scale at 960kg giving the target 4kg/hp and the chassis features a ‘Race’ setting for the Alfa DNA system. The slender proportions mean 0-62mph (100kmp) in 4.5 seconds, and a top speed of “over 155mph”.

The spec sheet also includes dimensions 3.9m long, 2m wide, and 1.2 metres high, with a wheelbase of 2.4m. The Lotus Elise is 3.8m long, 2.3m wide and 1.7m tall and is also more compact than the Porsche Cayman - a rival at the price point.

Interior features visible sections of the carbon monocoque but retains little of the concept interior. The centre pillar dividing driver and passenger has gone with a switch gear and classic binnacles replaced by digital instruments and multimedia centre console. A nod to developments in the industry maybe….. but slightly more mainstream. The flat bottom steering wheel and leather door pull remain.

All very positive indeed….