Alfa Romeo has released full details about the 2014 4C, ahead of its European launch in October.

The entry-level Essential model is aimed at "driving purists" and comes equipped with a digital instrument cluster, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and fabric seats. The car also has grey brake calipers, a dual exhaust system and 17- / 18-inch alloy wheels.

If that's not impressive enough, the Racing Pack adds a sport steering wheel (with leather and microfiber inserts), a sportier exhaust system and a race-tuned suspension. The package also includes 18- and 19-inch wheels with AR Racing tires.

If you're looking for something more luxurious, the Luxury Pack has leather and microfiber sports seats and Bi-LED headlights with carbon fiber surrounds.

Customers can also order a variety of Mopar accessories including:

  • 17- to 19-inch wheels with a black, grey or diamond black finish
  • A composite or carbon fiber rear spoiler
  • Black, red or yellow brake calipers
  • Carbon fiber or chrome-plated mirror caps
  • Carbon fiber interior trim
  • Carbon fiber headlight surrounds
  • A racing exhaust system
  • A race-tuned suspension with new springs and shock absorbers as well as beefier anti-roll bars

To keep the car as light as possible, engineers used carbon fiber, aluminum, SMC (Sheet Moulding Compound) and PUR-RIM (injected polyurethane). They also installed lightweight windows that are approximately fifteen percent lighter than usual. Most notably, the car rides on a carbon fiber monocoque chassis that weighs just 65 kg (143 lbs).

Motivation is provided by a turbocharged 1.75-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 240 HP (177 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque. It is connected to a dual-clutch transmission that enables the 895 kg (1973 lb) sports car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 4.5 seconds and hit a top speed of 258 km/h (160 mph). In terms of efficiency, owners can expect to average 6.8 L/100km (34.5 mpg US / 41.5 mpg UK) with CO2 emissions of 157 g/km.

Alfa Romeo will build 3,500 units annually and only 1,000 of them are earmarked for Europe.

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