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
Given our disapproval of previous Alfa TCTs, this could be a point of frustration. And while we’d still wager that a set of cogs operated by a good old stick would better unite man and machine, this dual-clutcher isn’t so bad, and a massive improvement on previous versions. There’s still a sort of bungee sensation when you squeeze the throttle and wait for the wheels to turn – you don’t get that in the Porsche with its equivalent PDK – but after that, it’s pretty sharp. Upshifts are snappy, and downshifts are aggressive, with a bark from the engine. If anything, it’s too keen to change up, but bossing it around in Manual and Dynamic modes seems to cure that. And curiously, the revs surge if you come off the throttle abruptly in second or third, which sort of pushes you along whether you like it or not.