The Alfa Romeo 4C is not yet on sale in the U.S., yet there's already the possibility of more power for the sultry sports car. Speaking with Automotive News, Alfa Romeo CEO Harald Wester said the company could develop a more powerful 4C.
"We are only at 134 horsepower per liter, so there is space," he told AN of the car's 1.8-liter turbo-four engine. "The [chassis] stiffness is very high… The first adjustment would be the brakes."
As it stands now, owing in part to the low weight of its carbon-fiber and aluminum construction, Alfa Romeo claims the 4C will hit 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. A six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission directs 237 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels.
While he didn't offer any more details on a potential faster version of the Alfa Romeo 4C, Wester did confirm that significant engineering changes were necessary to bring the car from Europe to the States. Senior editor Joe Lorio reported when he drove the car last year that the American-spec Alfa Romeo 4C will weigh 110 pounds more than the European model, in part due to the fact that climate control, side and knee airbags, and an adjustable passenger seat are included as standard.
"The monocoque and the front and rear frames are different, the suspension has been reinforced and suspension tuning has been changed," CEO Wester told AN. "The base car in the U.S. has richer equipment. Europeans are more willing to have a naked driving machine."
When the Alfa Romeo 4C goes on sale in the U.S. this June, it will be sold in a 500-unit Launch Edition that will cost around $70,000. After those cars have sold out, the 4C will be sold in any configuration buyers desire, with base prices starting closer to $54,000. For now there are no clues as to when the faster version to which Wester alludes will debut. A convertible version is due first, as Alfa Romeo showed the 4C Spider concept at the Geneva auto show.