Ever wondered what’s the closest to a street-legal Indy car you can get? Well, you don’t have to wonder anymore. The Alfa Romeo 4C is practically an Indycar for the road. Allow us to explain. The 4C is loud, exactly like its actual motorsport sibling. It carries Alfa’s racing pedigree and has been crowned a true driver’s car by multiple car magazines and automobile shows. Essentially, it is a road-legal race car.
A Road-Legal Indycar
Structurally, it’s as close to a race car as Alfa Romeo is going to get. The tub is completely made of carbon fiber, giving it incredible rigidity. Does that make it somewhat uncomfortable? Yes, it does, especially since you can feel some vibrations through the tub and not the suspension. This is not a car for everyone, but it’s the most fun you can have in a vehicle.
Then there’s the engine. It’s a 1.75-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 240 horsepower, capable of propelling the 2,465 pound 4C to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds. Top speed stands at 160 mph, which is plenty fast given how small and agile the chassis is. Power is sent to the back wheels via a six-speed twin-clutch automated manual.
Is it smooth? Not exactly, but the Alfa 4C is all about the driving experience. The engine idles rough. It screams at the top end like a racing car, and the whole car dances underneath you when pushed hard. It is, for all intents and purposes, the liveliest road car you can buy. The steering is direct with no power assistance. This is a car you have to drive; it won’t do it for you. It makes every drive a journey, even a simple cruise in Los Angeles, California. And that is precisely why we love it so much.
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