In July it was reported the Alfa Romeo 4C would live on until the 2020 model year, but that a next-generation version had been cancelled. That means we have just a few short years left with the mid-engine sportscar before it’s gone for good – and Alfa may be planning to send it off with a bang.
According to Automotive News, Alfa Romeo is still considering bringing a high-performance 4C ‘GTA’ to market before production of the car ends. Apart from the introduction of the open-top Spider variant, Alfa has so far left the 4C range mostly untouched, so we could see them introducing an additional model before production ends.
Alfa themselves have admitted that a high-performance 4C isn’t out of the question. In 2014, Alfa Romeo CEO Harald Wester said the 4C’s 237 horsepower 1.75-liter four-cylinder engine could quite easily handle more power. The carbon fiber monocque could handle additional power as well, he revealed, but the brakes would need to be upgraded.
“The stiffness is very high,” Wester told Automotive News in an interview. “The first adjustment would be the brakes.”
“We are only at 134 horsepower per liter, so there is space (for more power),” he added.
We imagine other upgrades apart from more power and better brakes would be in store for a 4C GTA. Different wheels and tires, a revised front and rear fascias and perhaps even a small wing seem like possibilities. The interior might feature better bolsterd seats and additional Alcantara, but Alfa might be hard pressed to make the unforgiving cabin of the 4C even sportier.
The 4C hasn’t exactly been a door crasher, so it’s possible Alfa won’t want to spend even more money on the slow-selling two-seater. The automaker already shelved a new Alfa Spider so it could spend more money on crossovers, but we’re hoping the car enthusiasts at Alfa’s Turin headquarters win this argument and give their fellow car lovers something to get excited about.