For the driving enthusiast looking for something with more character than Porsche Boxter, the 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C provides an avant-garde experience behind the wheel. Driver and passenger should pack lightly though, as there’s hardly any room for cargo. With a starting MSRP of $55,900, the lightweight 4C Coupe features a carbon fiber roof and has a mid-mounted 237-hp turbocharged four cylinder mated to a twin clutch automatic transmission, good for a 0-60 time of 4.1 seconds. It’s also available in convertible form, known as the 4C Spyder. Sadly, no manual transmission is available. Overall, this is a car to enjoy in short spurts of fun, not one to take on a road trip.
Pros: Pure Driving Experience, Lightweight Chassis, Classy Exterior
Cons: Not Practical For Everyday Driving, No Manual Transmission, Minimal Cargo Space
Looks Best In: Rosso Competizione Red exterior/Black interior
Coolest Feature: The strong and lightweight carbon fiber monocoque chassis makes the 4C an excellent companion through twists and turns.
Competition: Porsche Cayman, Porsche Boxter, Chevrolet Corvette, Mazda Miata
Summary: For thrill seekers looking for something less common than the venerable Porsche offerings, the Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe and Spyder bring forth a purist approach to driving.
Did You Know? According to Alfa Romeo, the 4C is assembled at the Maserati workshop in Italy and takes six weeks to complete.
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