Alfa Romeo 4C coupé to be axed
Facelifted 4C is coming next year, but will continue only as a convertible
The Alfa Romeo 4C coupé will be discontinued, although the convertible will live on into 2019.
The 4C, as a convertible, will be facelifted after five years on sale, with a reveal expected to take place before the end of the year and sales commencing early next year.
Alfa and Maserati engineering boss Roberto Fedeli confirmed to Autocar last year that revised suspension and steering would lead upgrades to improve the 4C’s on-road manners, while a new engine is also possible.
It’s likely that the 4C coupé has been terminated due to slow sales; the sports car market in Europe is unstable and the ageing 4C is not the class leader. Even the market-leading Audi TT shifted only 5520 units between January and May.
Elsewhere, Alfa is strengthening its sports car efforts. The new GTV will get a Quadrifoglio variant and expected cooking versions, while the 8C will return as a 700bhp-plus hybrid four-wheel-drive supercar capable of a 0-62mph sprint of less than three seconds.
An Alfa UK spokesman has yet to confirm whether the 4C coupé’s demise will affect right-hand drive markets. Given the already low volume, however, the car is unlikely to continue in right-hand drive.
Source: Autocar Online