Were you excited about the Alfa Romeo 4C coming to America, but then were disappointed by the paltry 237 horsepower the 1.75-liter four-cylinder engine produces? If so, help just might be on the way. The head of R&D at Fiat recently stated that there is room for increased performance from the engine since currently the engine “only” produces 136 horsepower per liter.
Apparently, adding power to the engine would not require too many tweaks to the 4C, leading some to question why a high-powered variant has not been developed. The car is supposed to have a sufficiently stiff construction to handle significantly more power, meaning only the brakes would need to be upgraded if the engine is tuned for better performance.
Before you get too excited, though, know that designers from Fiat have said there is no way a manual transmission will ever be offered. Supposedly, such a transmission would “ruin the monocoque” and is impossible to implement in the mid-engined car. Because of this fact, drivers are stuck with a dual-clutch automatic.
Of course, the Alfa Romeo has already been tweaked for American tastes. Among the changes, the front and rear frames were altered and the suspension had to be reinforced. The interior is more luxurious when compared to the European-spec model, which is known to be rather Spartan inside. With the additional equipment, the suspension tuning also had to be adjusted. Despite these changes, the 4C is already picking up praise from American reviewers, but there is little doubt that a higher-powered version of the car would make Alfa Romeo that much more attractive in the market.