Which Historical Alfa Romeo is Closest to the All-New 4C?
This week, we are in Sonoma, CA testing the all-new Alfa Romeo 4C. It is a mid-engined Alfa with a turbo four-cylinder, and carries on some Alfa traditions, but starts some new ones. It is hard to draw a parallel with any Alfa before this one, but one in particular comes to mind.
While we love the likes of the wonderful grand tourers such as the Giulia TZ and TZ2, the 4C is a smaller vehicle, and thus the TZ is closer to the limited run, Ferrari-powered 8C. Alfa Romeo has had much smaller cars, such as the Giulietta, which included sedans, coupes and convertibles.
The 4C would be closer to a vehicle the size of the Giulietta, but in the context of the vehicles of the day, there are more solid performers. No, we think the closest classic Alfa Romeo to the current 4C would have to be the 1955 750 Competizione.
The 750 is a racing variant of the Giulietta, and features a speedster body style, with rear cowl and minimal windscreen. It was created as a project with collaboration from Abarth-Boano. Power came from an inline-4 making 145 horsepower sent to the rear wheels. The plan was to make 50 crs, but technical problems were cited for why this vehicle was not produced. It did, however, lead to the development of the wonderful SZ TZ.
The new 4C that we are testing this week is powered by an inline-4, like the 750. Unlike the 750, this engine features a turbocharger, allowing ti to make 237 horsepower and 258 pound feet of torque. Its curb weight is just over 2,000 pounds, allowing it to get from zero to sixty in just 4.5 seconds. This emphasis on small engines and lightweight assembly can trace its roots back to cars like the wonderful 750.