Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Greater Philadelphia, PA; U.S.A.
Saw 4C being built in Modena @ Maserati. Saw the Alfa Romeo museum. Saw one of the first LE's at Simeone Automotive Museum in the sunshine, running around outside at an Alfa Romeo historic race car demo day.
Already knew of all the reviews, criticisms and bogus enthusiasts criticizing its strengths. The last part -- criticism of its strengths -- got me to find one locally and test drive it, but it had to be a coupe and well-equipped; the gambit being that if I fell in love, I am leaving with a good one bar none. Emotions might make me settle on one day and regret later. Test drive must be in a well-equipped model.
Positive to me and a negative to auto journalists/morons/frauds:
-Carbon tub with rough ingress and egress
-No power steering
-No frills interior
The test drive concern: How did they program the trans to shift, in both manual mode and auto mode. I have driven some dual-clutch gearboxes where, even in manual mode, the computer calls for downshifts at weird times, and has 'creep mode' built in, or downshifts into 1st at 5 mph crawl (even in M mode), which is a horrible, horrible thing.
Short gears and close ratios: Missing this point is the hallmark of a moron. It might be the single most important reason that the smile factor is off the charts. The engine is slightly -- only slightly -- hyper. It's the throttle mapping and short gearing that make this a keeper.
Most people, or nearly everyone nowadays, do not know the joys of short gears and close ratios, and they probably never will.
Cars get heavier; engines get torquier, gears get longer and 350 HP winds up feeling like a snoozefest, and you will even hear moron reviewers complain about 350 HP engines and say they are overrated, or unresponsive. Duh... they are connected to a transmission designed to penny pinch every drop of fuel.
GoKarts make people smile. Sounds matter. Lighter is better. Less is more. Gearing is underrated and discussed infrequently. Just wrap all that up in some sexy skin, with the engine behind your head, and make it cheaper than some American pickup trucks and I'll be there to buy it.
I had a 911S that was number for number as competent or more competent. Got bored. I have run the 4C the same miles and I cannot get enough.
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Filandro Leone, AKA Phil, AKA Philster
LE 221/500, Rosso Alfa