The Alfa Romeo 4C is one of the most highly-anticipated sports cars in recent memory and a new report is indicating it has lapped the Nürburgring in eight minutes and four seconds.

The Alfa Romeo 4C is one of the most highly-anticipated sports cars in recent memory and a new report is indicating it has lapped the Nürburgring in eight minutes and four seconds.

While the time doesn't sound remarkable, it would mean the car is slightly faster than a 2007 BMW M3 and a 2008 Porsche Cayman S.

What makes the feat more impressive is the fact that the 4C is powered by a turbocharged 1.75-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 240 HP (177 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque. This enables the car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 4.5 seconds and hit a top speed of 258 km/h (160 mph).

In order to achieve these numbers, Alfa Romeo engineers used lightweight materials including carbon fiber, aluminum, SMC (Sheet Moulding Compound) and PUR-RIM (injected polyurethane). Thanks to the lightweight design, the car tips the scales at just 895 kg (1973 lbs).

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