Alfa's Exotic 4C Has Become A Tempting £34,000 Hot Hatch Rival

For about the same amount of money as a hot hatchback, you could get the same number of cylinders and even more pace, all dressed up in a sexy Italian suit
Alfa's Exotic 4C Has Become A Tempting £34,000 Hot Hatch Rival

Be honest: if it came to a straightforward choice of which you’d rather have on your drive, between a Volkswagen Golf R and a metallic red-painted, carbonfibre-based lightweight Italian sports car with an Alfa Romeo badge?

A new Golf would set you back over £33,500, but you can now buy an Alfa Romeo 4C for the same sort of cash. Not the crazy ‘Nemesis’ version, sadly. This insanely good-looking sports car (just switch the headlights for Spider items) and Porsche Cayman rival turns heads in a way no hot hatch ever could, and it’s not all that different to own. Sort of.

Alfa's Exotic 4C Has Become A Tempting £34,000 Hot Hatch Rival

It has two doors and a reasonable boot, albeit at the front. It has sporty seats and a turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 236bhp. Not that much, maybe, but early, low-spec versions weighed as little as 895kg dry. Estimating a kerb weight of about 995kg with fluids and a driver, that’s a power-to-weight ratio of 237bhp per tonne. A Golf R has 200bhp per tonne.

In fact, the 4C is so light that it doesn’t need power steering. It doesn’t need mega-wide tyres. it’s all about presenting an Italian version of a Lotus Exige; stripped-back and lithe in the extreme. The carbonfibre tub at its heart weighs just 65kg – that’s a few less than I do…

Not the same car...
Not the same car...

That low weight and flat torque curve work pretty nicely together. It’ll top 160mph – take that, expensive German saloons – and its rear wheels will spin it up to 62mph in a very brisk 4.5 seconds, helped along by the fast-shifting twin-clutch gearbox. Driving the rear wheels means it feels like a proper sports car, despite the fact that it’s almost as wide as the English Channel. It’ll even do 40mpg if you have the patience of a Giant Redwood, and only costs £195 per year to tax.

We found this one on Auto Trader for an asking price of just £33,995. Listed by a private seller it has a mere two pictures, for some frustrating reason, but the car has only covered 20,000 miles. It’s in mint condition, says the seller, has recent (and model-correct) Pirelli P-Zero boots and couldn’t you just marry that Rosso Competizione paintwork?

Alfa's Exotic 4C Has Become A Tempting £34,000 Hot Hatch Rival

It was specified with 19-inch wheels so it probably isn’t the comfiest thing, but they do look stunning. It has rear parking sensors, air conditioning, Bluetooth and two keys. The interior is a bit of a let-down, being as basic as prison porridge, but just keep your eyes on the next bend and you’ll never worry about it.

As an alternative to a hot hatch this one really gets us ticking. Vastly more exclusive, generally faster and more exciting, and way more of an event than any road-legal production hatchback, buying this instead of a Golf is the sort of mad and wonderful decision you’d always be glad you made.

We used some supplementary pictures of an identical 4C to help fill out the article. That one is up at £35,493 with Sturgess of Leicester, and can be viewed here.



„It has a reasonable boot at the front“

I thought the 4C was bolted shut at the front…

04/28/2018 - 12:34 |
76 | 6

It is lmao
The boot in these is basically a shoebox

04/28/2018 - 12:36 |
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GTRTURTLE 🔰 🐢(Oo \ S K Y L I N E / oO) (Koen

But does it come with bumper to bumper warranty?

04/28/2018 - 12:35 |
90 | 2

*bumper to bumper, unlimited miles warranty

04/28/2018 - 12:42 |
36 | 0

Daddy doug, is that you??

04/28/2018 - 14:14 |
12 | 0

Ehhhhh idk if it should be compared to a Hot Hatch because Hot Hatches are supposed to be practical, dependable and fun to drive, the 4c is made by FCA so it’s not exactly gonna be winning any quality or reliability awards soon and it has the practicality of a dirtbike. Not to mention how expensive repairs and general running costs will be in the long run.

04/28/2018 - 12:53 |
28 | 6
JenstheGTIfreak (pizza)

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

I literally just wanted to say that

04/28/2018 - 12:56 |
2 | 2

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Idk about you but i never have had any reliability issues with fca

04/28/2018 - 13:19 |
14 | 0

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

4C is like a one trick pony. It is splendid fun on the track (I believe in Jeremy on this one), but it is next to useless in terms of everything else. It is not comfortable, it is not practical, it will be hugh pain in the a** to live with everyday and it probably won’t be as reliable. That’s why give me a choice (when new), I would probably go for the TTS. Yes it is not as fun, but it is very close in term of level of performance and is something you can live with everyday

04/28/2018 - 17:28 |
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Anton 3

I’ve recently seen two of those. They sound just like they look, absolutely amazing.
This is the perfect weekend racer for me.

04/28/2018 - 13:32 |
4 | 0

Or just get this from a dealer… Plus it doesn’t have ugly headlights!

04/28/2018 - 14:11 |
18 | 4

Or invest the money in the headlights from the 4C Spider. Problem solved.

04/28/2018 - 14:16 |
8 | 2

60000 miles really? The one at Sturgess has 4000 miles..

04/28/2018 - 14:18 |
6 | 0

Cayman (in manual)>>>>>>>>4C

04/29/2018 - 05:54 |
2 | 2
Olivier (CT's grammar commie)

In reply to by DL🏁

Or get a TTS

04/30/2018 - 04:04 |
2 | 2
Saber Ali

Thank you for the shoutout @mattkimberley from us at Sturgess!

04/28/2018 - 14:17 |
0 | 0

£35k is still way too much for this car in my opinion. You could get a used Elise or Cayman for less, and it’d probably be a heck of a lot more reliable too.

04/28/2018 - 14:53 |
6 | 2

Smh truth gets hated on. Typical CT 😂

04/29/2018 - 05:54 |
0 | 2

100% would choose this over ANY hothatch. Sadly though, the interior is just not on the normal Alfa-level.

04/28/2018 - 16:33 |
2 | 2
Olivier (CT's grammar commie)

Err, if I want a hot hatch, I’m not going to look at the 4C: two seats, no luggage room at the front, microscopic boot which isn’t a hatch, not comfortable (say what you want about how I need my comfort, but I’m not going to do my 140 km daily commute on shit roads in a 4C, with that type of suspension and those seats), and I don’t even want to know how it goes during the winter: hell, I’m not even sure if there are existing winter tires for that thing. The 4C is a weekend/summer car that you may take from time to time during the week on summer, and in which you don’t do a lot of mileage. That’s exactly the opposite of a hot hatch. It might be interesting as a second car if you’re rich enough, but I’m still not crazy (CT censors “masoch i st”, wtf) enough to get a 4C as an only car and as a daily.

04/28/2018 - 20:10 |
14 | 6

Exactly. You would only cross-shop the 4C with other weekend toys like an Elise. At a stretch, perhaps a Cayman, but if you were looking to drive it every day, the Cayman would be the clear winner.

04/29/2018 - 07:54 |
6 | 0

My dad drives the car, but my mom doesn’t allow him to buy an Alfa despite her only being a passenger. Its sad man…

04/29/2018 - 02:47 |
0 | 0



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