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
So where the Lotus gently interprets the road, the Alfa shouts it in your face. You drive the Lotus. The Alfa drives you. It’s a rush of blood. A blazing row with a slap around the cheek. I suppose some people get off on that, and others will forgive it, because, hey, it has character. Throw in the short wheelbase, stabby brakes and old-school turbo lag – it takes a very deep breath before blowing you up the road – and it reminds us of an Eighties supercar. One minute, you’re enjoying the hearty embrace of a corner; the next, you’re looking up the number for your insurer. Of course, there’s a flip side: the gutsy turbo and lack of weight means 0–62mph in 4.5 seconds. It’s faster than the Porsche, and not far behind the Lotus.