The triumphant return of Alfa Romeo to the States is still in process.
Sure, the automaker brought us the 8C but, in all honesty, that didn't really count. I mean, they sold 500 globally with — I believe — 99 or 100 making it to the U.S.
That's hardly a comeback.
But the all-new 4C is said to be on its way to change that. With worldwide sales said to be bumped up to 3,500 units I'd guesstimate the States will see 800 - 1,000 reach our shores. And they won't come cheap, at least according to the latest estimates that ballpark the car's base price in the $80,000 - $90,000 range. Given that it comes with a carbon fiber monocoque you didn't think it'd come in at, say, $60,000, did you?
Equipped with 240 horsepower and weighing in at around 2,200 pounds it's a featherweight with more than enough juice. This ratio got it around the world famous Nürburgring in 8 minutes four seconds. The tires were street legal and Horst von Saurma was behind the wheel.
All things considered, does this lap time mean anything for folks looking to get behind the wheel of the Spartan 4C? Or, is this simply about bragging rights?
Watch the 4C do its thing around the 'Ring below...
Alfa Romeo has confirmed that the 4C has lapped the Nurburgring in 8:04, which the company says is a record for a car with less than 250bhp, omitting the 7:55 time set by evo in 2000, driving a 230bhp Caterham R500 Superlight.
The lap time was set by journalist and Nordschleife expert Horst von Saurma, when driving the car on September 12, 2013. The time is also almost identical to the time set by one of the car’s biggest rivals – the Porsche Cayman S...