2014 Alfa Romeo 4C super compact tries to impress Germans
When the all-new 2014 Alfa Romeo super compact sports car made its global debut in Geneva last month it created quite a stir. After all, the brand was marking the return of the Italian brand in the United States with the new sports car. Now the Germans get a chance to take a look at the new Alfa Romeo 4C for the first time as it makes the premiere at the Techno Classica Essen scheduled for April 10-14. But will the German public be excited to see the new Italian sports car?
The Germans know performance
How can the Germans get excited about the 2014 Alfa Romeo 4C when they have a whole host of the best performance cars made right in their own country? Taking a look at a partial list of cars makes us wonder. It starts with Mercedes-Benz who offers the AMG line with the SLS AMG. It has 638 hp and can sprint from 0-60 in 3.8 seconds. And we can’t forget about BMW who offers the M3 with V8 power and does not disappoint. BMW also has the M5 that is one of the fastest sedans on the planet. It’s 5.0-liter V10 pumps out 500 hp.
If that isn’t enough, the Germans also have Audi who makes the R8 sports car that comes with V8 power that produces 414 hp and a sprint time of 0-60 in 4.4 seconds and top speed of 187 mph. And lest we forget about the Porsche brand who has a whole stable of cars and SUVs. The most notable is the Porsche 911 GT2 RS which is the fastest sports car listed here. It comes with a massive 620 horsepower and can reach speeds of 202 mph.
Techno Classica Essen exhibits vintage and classic automobiles
The Germans will see the new 2014 Alfa Romeo 4C at the 25th edition of the Techno Classica Essen in Germany. But the German event is dedicated to showing vintage and classic automobiles. Alfa Romeo will give the German public its first exposure to the new 4C with an exhibition area with highlights from the past racing cars and future design.
In particular, German visitors can get to know the new Alfa Romeo 4C as it’s surrounded by seven legendary racing cars: Alfa Romeo RL Targa Florio (1923), Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ "short tail" (1960), Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ (1963) Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ2 (1965) Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale prototype (1967), Alfa Romeo 33/2 "Daytona" (1968) and Alfa Romeo 155 V6 DTM You (1993).
Alfa Romeo will need to focus on technology
Will the German public get excited about the new 4C with a 1.7-liter, direct-injected turbocharged four-cylinder aluminum engine that will pump out 296 horsepower? They will most likely not be too impressed when it’s compared to with what their countries automakers offer. But Alfa Romeo knows they will have an uphill battle in Germany. So they will focus on the innovative carbon fiber technology to try to impress the German public.
The Germans will have the opportunity to discover one of the most innovative technological contents of the new 4C sports car, which is the carbon fiber chassis. The new chassis is made entirely of carbon fiber which plays a key role in its structural integrity. The carbon fiber was originally developed by Italian race car specialist Dallara for the Alfa 8C, Bugatti Veyron and KTM-Bow.
To emphasize the lightness, the particular structure is suspended on a stand and is surrounded by a transparent profile of the Alfa Romeo 4C which helps to contextualize the position of the body with respect to the bodywork. While the Germans may not be too impressed with the all-new 2014 Alfa Romeo’s performance, they might be intrigued with it’s technology.