2014 Alfa Romeo 4C

2014 Alfa Romeo 4C super compact tries to impress Germans

After the great success in Geneva, the all-new 2014 Alfa Romeo 4C is shown officially for the first time to the German public, but will they get excited about the Italian sports car?

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.


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Actually, the Germans should be VERY impressed with the Alfa's performance. The Alfa, given it's light weight, should have a power to weight ratio better than virtually all the cars you mentioned, so it should be quicker, better handling, and better breaking, too. It will not compete on top end speed, which is a factor of ultimate horsepower and aero, not not too many folks drive over 155mph, even in Germany. Most of the German cars have speed limiters, so they don't go faster than that anyway. So, YES, the Germans should be impressed. However, they are VERY nationalistic; it doesn't matter how good stuff is from other countries, they will probably buy German anyway. And given the quality improvements at Fiat/Alfa/Ferrari, this will no doubt be a very good car.
@abarthman quicker than a Porsche 911 GT2 RS? Are you kidding? You obviously know nothing about cars. But I can confirm that Germans will not buy this toy since German cars are just better and Alfa Romeo has such a bad reputation in Germany that literally no one will buy that obvious clone of a Lotus. For that amount of money I would take the new Lotus Exige S over any 4c cause the Lotus would destroy the 4c on any road or track, not to mention the much better reputation.. Oh and btw, italians are much more nationalistic than Germans, they seem to stick their national colors on almost any car they produce
Porsche 911 GT2 RS comes with a +200.000€ price tag and looks the same for 40 years, now. Alfa 4C is a beauty, costs one third of the price, not to mention the fuel consumption. As for the nationalistic thing, Germans stick the "Made in Germany" to any car, or led to believe so, even for Seats and Skodas (at least before they break down).