After various rumours over the last 12 months regarding the future of Alfa Romeo’s 4C, it seem’s the sports car is set for a planned revision in late 2018, with a debut ahead of sales commencing in January 2019, the lightweight two-seater is in line to receive revised suspension and steering, with the potential for a new engine as well–but no manual gearbox.
The plan was confirmed by Alfa Romeo and Maserati engineering boss Roberto Fedeli, who spoke to Autocar at the launch of the Stelvio Quadrifoglio. Even though the automotive media has a love-hate relationship with the 4C, Fedeli says instead of killing off the sports car, he wants to transform the 4C into the car it always should have been.
“We are coming back to Formula 1,” Fedeli added, “and we need the 4C to be our halo car.”
Ahead of launch, Alfa Romeo will be tweaking the spec of the 4C, adding to the selection of paint colours available on the two-seater.
While he was at it, Fedeli also took the opportunity to reiterate that in the future no high-performance Alfa Romeos, Maseratis or Ferraris will be made available with three pedals because no one wants them anymore. It’s unclear if Fedeli’s statement points to the demise of the Giulia QV’s European exclusive six-speed manual transmission option.