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2016 Alfa Romeo 4C revealed, more customisation options

January 18, 2016

Alfa Romeo has revealed the 2016 4C and 4C Spider, bringing minor updates and more options to the enthusiastic lightweight.

2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider-side

Firstly, the engine. Alfa hasn’t made any changes to the potent 1.75-litre turbo four-cylinder. It continues to produce 177kW and 350Nm, which is sent through a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with rear-wheel drive.

It doesn’t need any more power though, as this car is all about lightness. In coupe form it weighs just 1025kg, and the Spider adds 10kg to that. For the 2016 update, Alfa is offering customers more personalisation options to highlight the fact the car is made from carbon fibre.

A carbon fibre “halo” is available for the Spider, while a Carbon Fibre Trim Package can be optioned on both models which sees carbon used for the instrument panel, shift bezels, vent surrounds, and cluster surround.

As for the exterior, not much has changed for 2016, however, buyers can option for an all-new Akrapovic dual-mode exhaust system. It’s connected up to the on-board drive mode select toggle, providing either a barking soundtrack or a more reserved tone in Natural and All-weather driving modes.

For the interior there are new optional features, including new premium leather packages with Tobacco Black leather sports seats, and up to six different premium leather combinations available.

Also new for 2016 is a standard Alpine high-end stereo system with higher quality speakers. It offers USB and Bluetooth connectivity, along with HD radio and SiriusXM radio functionality. An uprated alarm system has been added in too, along with a lockable console.

2016 Alfa Romeo 4C-Alpine audio

Lastly, there’s a Track package available. It adds high-performance dampers with larger front and rear sway bars, and optional Pirelli P-Zero “AR Racing” tyres. There’s also carbon fiber side mirrors and a carbon fiber rear spoiler for the coupe. The interior comes with a sportier flat-bottom steering wheel with microfiber inserts.

Alfa Romeo’s Australian arm is yet to announce local details, although, the 2016 update is arriving in the USA now.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.