UPDATE (6/29/18): The spelling of Alfa Romeo 4C Product Manager Danny Britt’s name has been corrected, and the article has been updated with new information.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has reportedly made the decision to discontinue the Alfa Romeo 4C coupe in North America, forcing determined customers into the more-expensive, removable-roof Spider model from the 2019 model year onward, according to Motor Authority. That outlet says the decision to axe the coupe from the North American lineup was confirmed by Product Manager Danny Britt, who says that the base price for the 4C Spider is also set to rise for 2019, meaning the price of entry is set to climb pretty steeply.
The 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C coupe currently starts at $57,400 before destination, and the 4C Spider nearly $9k higher at $65,900. Next year, FCA will tack another $1k onto the Spider’s base MSRP, charging $66,900 before destination and options. Granted, that extra coin helps pay for new standard equipment like a back-up camera, rear parking sensors, and cruise control.
No official reason has been given for the decision to lop off half of the Alfa Romeo 4C lineup, but with US sales in the triple digits for each of the last three years, chances are that the automaker won’t be saying goodbye to all that many sales. What’s more, with a Giulia-based Alfa Romeo GTV sports coupe on the way within the next couple of years, Alfa’s decision to get rid of the 4C coupe could be seen as a means for the marque to make room for the new offering so as to avoid cannibalizing sales – even if the GTV is expected to be an entirely different sort of car, with more space, more heft, and far more horsepower.
Still further changes are on the way for the 2019 Alfa Romeo 4C, Motor Authority reports, with the marque set to drop the available “Track Package” from the options list. According to them, the Track Pack’s individual bits of equipment – high-performance dampers, larger sway bars, bigger forged wheels, Pirelli P-Zero AR Racing tires, and carbon-fiber side mirror caps and gauge cluster bezel – will still be available individually. Buyers will thus have greater flexibility when it comes to selecting optional extras, allowing them to nab just the items they want, without necessarily having to pay for a bunch of stuff they don’t.
As disheartening as the price hike may be, we rather doubt anyone in the North American market is going to miss the Alfa Romeo 4C coupe’s performance; the Spider weighs just 22 pounds more than the coupe, and doesn’t come with any significant rigidity penalty. Zero-to-sixty in the Spider still comes up in a brisk 4.1 seconds.
For the time being, the Alfa Romeo 4C coupe is still available in North America, while supplies last.