Alfa Romeo to update 4C next year?

Alfa wants to strengthen the 4C\'s position as its halo model.

Alfa Romeo wants to strengthen the 4C's position as its halo model. The two-seater will consequently benefit from a wide array of updates before the end of next year.

"We are coming back to Formula 1 and we need the 4C to be our halo car," explained Roberto Fedeli, the head of engineering for Alfa Romeo and Maserati, in an interview with Autocar.

Fedeli added the 4C (pictured) will benefit from an improved suspension, tweaks to the steering system, and possibly a brand-new engine. Additional details aren't available yet. If we were to bet, we'd speculate the engine in question could be the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that powers the base variants of the Giulia and the Stelvio.

Don't wait for Alfa to offer the 4C with a manual transmission, however. Fedeli remains convinced the stick-shift is dead in the high-performance segment. He added, interestingly, that he spent 10 million euros (about $11.7 million) developing a manual transmission for the California while he worked for Ferrari. All told, only two customers ordered the three-pedal setup. They cost the brand over half a million dollars each, an experience Fedeli understandably wants to avoid repeating.

Autocar reports the Alfa Romeo 4C will make its public debut late next year, meaning we could see it at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Sales will begin in early 2019.

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