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Saw UK comparison to a 2.7 base. seemed to lean Alfa, , based on all the options thy selected, I would have thought a les optioned CS would be a better comp. if price point was the basis of the test.
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I considered this car but really worried about reliability and it has mixed reviews about quality from what I read in a few auto magazines. I'm looking forward to what actual owners say. Since the gorgeous 8c a few years back I've been drawn to Alfa's design. Let's see how it holds up...

Also 98.5k...wtf I though this was a 60k car (and I know it doesn't have as many options as Porsche to tick off and add another 40k)


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Was this the UK based comparision: Alfa Romeo 4C Review | Autocar ?

I have not driven one, but I have seen a Alfa Red 4c up close in a local Alfa dealer here in the UK. There's no doubting that it's a dramatic looking car. However it's interior is a mis-mash of cheap plastics incongruously sat alongside rather delicious carbon fibre detailing.

As for the drive, Autocar say the Cayman is better. But in all honesty, unless you track your car, how many of us are likely to drive at 10/10ths to ever really confirm that for ourselves? And an opinion is partly subjective in any case.

For me, I don't care if it's faster, there's one area it is never going to compete. As long as the 4c has a small capacity 4 cyl turbo engine, it's always going to be bettered by the thoroughbred Porsche flat 6 in that department. It remains to be seen if I say the same once Porsche put a similarly configured engine into the 981.

It is rather pretty though, a good case of style over function I think. ;)
 

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I considered this car but really worried about reliability and it has mixed reviews about quality from what I read in a few auto magazines. I'm looking forward to what actual owners say. Since the gorgeous 8c a few years back I've been drawn to Alfa's design. Let's see how it holds up...

Also 98.5k...wtf I though this was a 60k car (and I know it doesn't have as many options as Porsche to tick off and add another 40k)


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I read the same thing, $98K OTD, whatever considerations I had went right out the door, $60K was pushing it for me, this car is basically a go kart with very minimum options.
 

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I read the same thing, $98K OTD, whatever considerations I had went right out the door, $60K was pushing it for me, this car is basically a go kart with very minimum options.
I think it will be a $60k vehicle. The launch edition is about $75k I think. It's my understanding the $98k price just reflects dealer markup for those that want out while it's hot.
 

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As others have alluded to, think it also depends what kind of drive you are after. Something more raw vs. more everyday type sports car in the Cayman. My buddy who owns a Lotus specialist business just took delivery of his Alfa 4C. Exige vs. 4C will be a very interesting comparison.

There have been some poor reviews but also some very good ones like the Motortrend Best Driver's car competition, it came in #2. Some people will find such a car very entertaining and others hate the effort required by manual steering, noise, etc.
 

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...Here's an interesting thread by a new owner. Alfa is Back - Alfa Romeo Bulletin Board & Forums
Priceless extract from that thread, per the new alfa owner:

"Went to a shopping mall. Got a lot of comments...
This kid (19 or so) asked me, "Do you like it?"
"Well, it's mine. I just bought it."
"Did you test drive it first? Did you test drive the Cayman first?"
"No. I didn't test drive iether one. I just bought the Alfa."
He looked at me like I was an idiot or something and walked away."

Yup. I hope he doesn't regret his decision after a few months...

(Though to be fair, he did drive the Alfa right before spending $97K).
 

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I wish folks well who choose to buy one. I hope that the ownership of Fix It Again Tony does not sink it. Alfa has a lot to make up for in the U.S. in terms of reliability and serviceability. At similar price points, I would not have it on my short list.....
 

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In reference to the "Fix It Again Tony" comment, the Fiat 500 is the most unreliable car sold in the U.S. according to Consumer Reports. Moreover, since taking over Chrysler Corporation, Fiat has also dragged most of those cars (Dodge, Jeep, Ram) to the very bottom of reliability, butting right up against the Fiat 500. Amazing how little Fiat has learned since being pushed out of the U.S. market decades ago, in some significant part due to lack of reliability.
 

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I guess some of the Alfa's cost savings are from using old 928 wheels?


(Just a joke, I like the 928 and its wheels)
 

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One of the US car magazines did a good comp on the 4C vs the base Cayman last month and the Cayman came out on top by a good margin. I had a 4C to drive for a day this past August at Pebble Beach and while it was a lot of fun and very exotic feeling, it is not in the same league with a Cayman. Long story short, the tranny is very harsh, and I have never driven a car with the amount of turbo lag that this car had. The one I drove was a fully optioned with race exhaust car but not the special launch model. It is a very cool car from a build perspective if you like exotic Italian cars but don't have that checkbook. That they can put as much carbon fiber in this car that they have for the price point is amazing. The design is visually very arresting and IMHO, very seductive, it makes you want it, but then you drive it and say thanks but no thanks. I don't want to knock the car, as I said I think they have done a great job packaging this car and it will sell out. It isn't for me and probably isn't for most Porsche owners, but it fills in the gap nicely between a Miata and a Porsche.
 

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