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

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.