The Alfa Romeo 4C and 4C Spider were already mighty desirable pieces of automotive exotica, but Alfa Romeo has upped the appeal of the little Italian sportscars with some minor updates for the 2016 model year.
Most of the major updates for 2016 have happened inside the 4C and 4C Spider’s cabin. A Carbon Fiber Trim package is now available and adorns the instrument panel and shift bezels, instrument cluster surround and vent surrounds with the lightweight material. Adding to the available personalization is a new premium leather interior with Tobacco and Black sport seats and Tobacco accent stitching.
New to the 4C Coupe only is the Alpine premium audio system previously only available in the 4C Spider. The optional system adds an easier-to-use interface with multiple connectivity and media options, including handsfree Bluetooth phone, Bluetooth streaming, USB port an iPod interface and CD/MP3 capabilities. The radio also provides access to HD radio and SiriusXM Radio.
Both the 4C and 4C Spider are now available with optional carbon fiber halo headlight surrounds, complimenting the already carbon-intensive interior of the cars. Carbon fiber also adorns the optional dual-model Akrapovič exhaust, which relocates the exhaust to the center of the car, a change we first noticed at last year’s Los Angeles Auto Show:
The exhaust system, which consist of asymmetrical mufflers and a link pipe with resonator, is connected to the four Alfa DNA drive select modes and provides maximum sound in Dynamic and Race modes and a quieter experience in Natural and All-weather modes. There’s no word on whether or not it improves the performance of the 4C’s 237 horsepower 1.75-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
According to Alfa Romeo’s U.S. homepage, the 2016 4C starts at $55,900, while the 4C Spider starts at $65,900.