Alfa Romeo 4C takes on the rivals
Hammond fell in love with it, but can Alfa's new coupe see off a Lotus Exige S and Porsche Cayman S?
Posted: 17 Mar 2014
With such a square footprint, it creates the illusion of being supercar-wide, but it’s only 1.86 metres across – about the same as a Ford Focus – and inside it’s cramped, thanks to the exposed chassis that funnels into a V-shape around the footwells. You also slide across a foot-or-so of sill before you reach the sea-level seats, and by the time you shut the door, there’s nowhere to stretch out. Before you is a steering wheel with a flat bottom that serves no obvious purpose but looks fun nonetheless. Hiding behind it like small plastic ears are the paddles to operate the double-clutch TCT ’box and up above there’s a hi-def instrument display. Beside your knee are the buttons on the centre console to engage it, laid out like the ones from a Ferrari. There’s no manual option.