Published on www.automobilemag.com
January 15, 2016
The Alfa Romeo 4C is still a new entry to the U.S. market, with only 754 cars sold here so far, but Alfa isn’t wasting any time before upgrading the car. For 2016, a whole host of updates finds its way to the lithe Italian coupe.
New for 2016 is a group of carbon fiber trims that accentuate the already-impressive carbon fiber monocoque underneath the taut skin of the two-seater. The 4C Spider is now available with carbon fiber “halo” behind its cabin, the cabin of the Spider, along with a new Carbon Trim Package for the interior, with additional accents around the vents, instrument cluster surround, instrument panel, and shift bezel.
Additional leather colors are newly available as well, with Tobacco and Black leather seats joining the options list. This is complemented by a black leather interior kit with Tobacco stitching.
The 4C’s audio system gets a boost as well, with new standard “premium” speakers and an Alpine audio system, replacing the inscrutable Parrot audio head unit we found tricky to use in early 4Cs.
If engine sound is more your thing, Alfa now offers a new Akrapovic two-stage exhaust system, with a button inside the car for controlling its volume. Each Akrapovic system comes with a carbon-fiber surround with dual center-mounted tips.
For safety, the 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C coupe is upgraded with a standard lockable console, while there’s a new hi-spec alarm system for the Spider.
The engine is untouched, with the 1.75-liter turbocharged four-cylinder still spitting out 237 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed dual-clutch transmission, which allows the car to punch 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds. The 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C is on sale now.