The car that brought the Alfa Romeo brand back to the U.S. is allegedly getting a refresh next year. Along with the refresh will be the death of the manual transmission in the 4C as well.
The mostly carbon fiber sports car looks attractive, but journalists have cited the car’s quirky handling and steering attributes. This feedback has motivated Alfa Romeo and Maserati engineering boss Roberto Fedeli to go back to the drawing board with the 4C, according to AutoCar.
Fedeli says his team is working on the performance of the 4C; largely because Alfa Romeo is coming back to Formula 1 racing and wants the 4C to serve as its halo. Their return to racing is probably the 4C’s saving grace from being scrapped altogether, frankly.
Details on the upgrades are still scarce aside from performance improvements with steering and handling. A new engine is speculated for the car, which is also aided by Fedeli’s remark that the manual transmission will go away in the new car.
Regardless, the new 4C is expected to arrive in late 2018 as a 2019 model.