Friday, April 18, 2014

North American Alfa Romeo 4C Specifications

Alfa Romeo 4C North American Edition


All-new 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C North American Specifications


SPECIFICATIONS
Note:All dimensions are in inches (millimeters) unless otherwise noted.
Information shown is correct at time of publication and is subject to change.

GENERAL INFORMATION
Vehicle Type: Coupe
Assembly Plant: Modena, Italy
EPA Vehicle Class: Two-seater
Introduction Date: Second quarter 2014

PRICING
Base: $54,000
Launch Edition: $70,000 (Approximately)

PERFORMANCE
< 10 lbs/HP (Anticipated)

BODY/CHASSIS
Layout Transverse-mounted mid-engine, rear-wheel drive (RWD)
Construction “Pre-preg” monocoque with unilateral carbon fiber; aluminum front and rear
cell structures, roof reinforcements and an engine mounting frame; low-density,
high-strength composite body shell

1750 Turbo Benzina


ENGINE: ALL-ALUMINUM DIRECT-INJECTION 1750cc TURBO ENGINE
Type and Description: Inline 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled with turbocharger, intercooler and wet sump
Displacement:, cc (cu.in.) 1,742 (106.3)
Bore x Stroke: 3.27 x 3.17 (83 x 80.5)
Valve System: Dual overhead cam with dual (intake and exhaust) continuous variable-valve
timing (VVT), 16 valves, roller-type hydraulic lifters
Fuel Injection: Direct-injection, sequential, multiport, electronic
Construction: Aluminum-alloy block with cast-iron liners, forged-aluminum pistons, forged-steel
crankshaft, aluminum-alloy heads and aluminum bedplate
Compression Ratio: 9.25:1
Maximum Turbo Boost: (psi / bar) 21.75 psi / 1.45 bar
Power (SAE net): 237 hp (177 kW) @ 6,000 rpm (135.4 bhp/liter)
Torque (SAE net): 258 lb.-ft. (350 N•m) @ 2,200 - 4,250 rpm
Max. Engine Speed: 6,500 rpm (fuel cutoff)
Fuel Requirement: Unleaded premium — 91 Octane (R+M)/2
Oil Capacity (with Filters): 11 qt. (5.8 liter)
Coolant Capacity: 16 qt. (10.6 liter)
Emission Controls: Four three-way catalytic converters, heated oxygen sensors,
engine internal features(a)
Estimated EPA Fuel Economy
(city/hwy/combined)
24 / 34 / 28
(a) Meets Tier 2 standards in all 50 states.

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Alternator: 160-amp
Battery: Leak-resistant, maintenance-free, 500 CCA

Alfa Romeo 4C DNA Switch

DRIVING MODE SELECTOR
Type: Evolved Alfa DNA
Positions: All Weather, Natural, Dynamic, Race

TRANSMISSION: ALFA TCT TWIN-CLUTCH TRANSMISSION
Description: 1st, 2nd gear: double cone
3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th gear: single cone
Sequential: paddle-shift gear selection with Auto mode
Gear Ratios
1st 4.154
2nd 2.269
3rd 1.435
4th 0.978
5th 0.755
6th 0.622
Differential: Electronic Q2
Axle Ratio: 4.118
Overall: Top-gear 2.56

Alfa Romeo 4C Layout


SUSPENSION
Front: Double wishbone – high-strength steel tubular-control arms, aluminum knuckles
and tubular anti-roll bar
Rear: MacPherson – rear strut: shock absorber with hollow piston rod and side-load
spring, high-strength steel tubular-control arms and aluminum knuckles

STEERING
Type: Manual, rack-and-pinion
Overall: Ratio 16.69:1
Turning Diameter: (curb-to-curb), ft. (m) 40.5 (12.10)
Steering Turns: (lock-to-lock) 2.7

BRAKES
Front:
Size and Type 12.0 x 1.10 (305 x 28) vented disc, Brembo fixed four-piston calipers
Rear:
Size and Type 11.5 x 0.87 (292 x 22) vented disc, with dual opposing calipers
Power-assist Type: Tandem diaphragm vacuum with zero lost travel

Alfa Romeo 4C Chassis


DIMENSIONS AND CAPACITIES
Wheelbase: 93.7 (2,380)
Track, Front: 64.5 (1,639)
Track, Rear: 63.1 (1,604)
Overall Length: 157.5 (4,000)
Overall Width: 73.5 (1,868)
Overall Height: 46.6 (1,183)
Ground Clearance: 4.5 (114)
Curb Weight: lb. (kg) TBD
Dry Weight: lb. (kg) TBD
Weight Distribution, percent: F/R TBD
Drag Coefficient, Cd: 0.335
Fuel-Tank Capacity, gal. (liters): 10.5 (40)

Alfa Romeo 4C Interior


ACCOMMODATIONS
Seating Capacity: 2
Head Room: 38.0 (965)
Leg Room: 42.7 (1,085)
Shoulder Room: 49.8 (1,265)
Cargo space, cu. ft. (liters): 3.7 (105)
Seat back recliner range, degrees: 27+2
Air Conditioning: Standard

TIRES
Front: Standard on 4C
Size and Type: 205/45ZR17 88Y XL three-season performance
Manufacturer and Model: Pirelli P Zero AR with low-pressure sensors in valve stems
Revs per Mile (rpm): 835

Rear Standard on 4C
Size and Type: 235/40ZR18 95Y XL three-season performance
Manufacturer and Model: Pirelli P Zero AR with low-pressure sensors in valve stems
Revs per Mile (rpm): 764

Front Standard on 4C Launch Edition
Available on 4C (with 18-inch / 19-inch wheels)
Size and Type: 205/40ZR18 86Y XL three-season performance
Manufacturer and Model: Pirelli P Zero AR with low-pressure sensors in valve stems
Revs per Mile (rpm): 835

Rear Available
Size and Type: 235/35ZR19 91Y XL three-season performance
Manufacturer and Model: Pirelli P Zero AR with low-pressure sensors in valve stems
Revs per Mile (rpm): 764

Front Available on 4C with Track Package
Size and Type: 205/40ZR18 86Y XL three-season performance
Manufacturer and Model: Pirelli P Zero AR Racing with low-pressure sensors in valve stems
Revs per Mile (rpm): 835

Rear Available
Size and Type: 235/35ZR19 91Y XL three-season performance
Manufacturer and Model: Pirelli P Zero AR Racing with low-pressure sensors in valve stems
Revs per Mile (rpm) 764

Alfa Romeo 4C Wheel


WHEELS
Availability: Standard on 4C
Type and Material: Fluoformed aluminum alloy, silver painted
Size: 17 x 7.0 — front, 18 x 8.0 — rear

Availability: Optional on 4C
Type and Material: Fluoformed aluminum alloy, matte black diamond
Size: 17 x 7.0 — front, 18 x 8.0 — rear

Availability: Optional on 4C
Type and Material: Forged, silver painted
Size: 18 x 7.0 — front, 19 x 8.5 — rear

Availability: Standard on 4C Launch Edition
Type and Material: Forged, Dark Gray
Size: 18 x 7.0 — front, 19 x 8.5 — rear

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Alfa 4C North American Launch Edition

Thursday, April 17, 2014

2015 Fiat 500 Gets New Console

2015 Fiat 500 Abarth Console

The Fiat 500 is a marvel of space utilization. Designers and engineers have squeezed every last drop of interior room out of its 139 inch length, the results are the Fiat 500 can accommodate, at the same time, a driver of the 90 percentile (about 6'1") and a rear passenger of the 70 percentile (about 5'9") comfortably.*

2015 Fiat 500 Abarth Console Storage

In the quest to continually improve and enhance the ownership experience, Fiat has redesigned the center console on new 2015 Fiat 500 models. The new center console now houses the USB and Aux connectivity ports, replacing the glove box mounted ports used previously. The console also now features two improved cup holders.

2015 Fiat 500 Console Cup Holders

Originally the NAFTA Fiat 500 console theoretically had three cup holders but these proved impractical to use in real life use. The new cup holders are more secure and with the added connectivity ports along with a new storage shelf, the new console design adds up to making the 500 more practical and user friendly.

2015 Fiat 500 Console USB and Aux Ports
The USB and Aux ports have covers. Note the 12 volt power outlet located on the left side of the console.

Topping off the enhanced center console design is a new USB charging station added to the inside of the glove box. All in all, a subtle but very useful update to the practical Fiat 500.

2015 Fiat 500 USB Charging Port
A new USB charging port located in the glove takes the place of the connectivity ports that have now been moved to the center console .

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Source: Fiat SpA

2015 Fiat 500 Digital Instrument Panel Demo!

2015 Fiat 500 Rear Park Assist Display

Don't let the retro styling cues fool you, the Fiat 500 is a thoroughly modern and sophisticated car. True to Fiat's long 115 year history of bringing new technology and innovation to the masses, the Fiat 500 carries on the tradition by introducing a new digital instrument panel for the 2015 model year.


Watch the new 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth Digital Instrument Panel in action!

The new 7" digital instrument panel features TFT (Thin-Film-Transistor) technology. Compared to the previous design, the benefits of the new TFT display are greater simplicity, less weight and improved legibility.

Augmenting the traditional fuel and coolant temperature gauges is an all new Eco index meter that tracks how fuel efficiently you are driving. There is also a parking display that helps drivers while backing up for vehicles equipped with Rear Park Assist. Blue&Me connectivity messages are displayed along with play lists from the now standard Bluetooth streaming audio.

European Abarth 500 G-Meter

When Sport mode is selected, the TFT display changes its appearance and a G-Meter displays lateral and longitudinal acceleration. The Eco-Index meter is dropped and is replaced by a gauge that measures accelerator pedal pressure.

The new digital instrument panel will be standard in 2015 Fiat 500 Sport, Lounge, Turbo and Abarth models, and optional on the Pop.

 

Friday, April 11, 2014

2015 Fiat 500 Model Changes

2015 Fiat 500 Dashboard


The new 2015 Fiat 500 and 500 Abarth lineup will debut next week at the New York International Auto Show. New for 2015 are additional paint colors plus a few other more significant changes:

  • New instrument panel with 7" digital display and TFT technology.
  • Bluetooth streaming audio and a revamped center console with an additional USB port.
  • New automatic transmission option added to the Fiat 500 Abarth and 500 Turbo model.
  • New exterior paint colors for 2015 are Laser Blu (bright metallic blue), Billet Argento (billet silver) and Giallo Moderna Perla (modern pearl yellow).

2015 Fiat 500 Abarth Digital Instrument Panel


The most exciting development for 2015 is the new 7" digital instrument panel with TFT (Thin-Film-Transistor) technology. The attractive digital display's backlighting permits greater legibility, a nice update over the current panel. In addition to the fuel and coolant temperature gauges, there is an all new Eco index meter that tracks how fuel efficiently you are driving. There is also a parking display that helps drivers while moving in reverse if the vehicle is equipped with Rear Park Assist.

2015 Fiat 500 Rear Park Assist Display

The TFT display changes its appearance when Sport mode is selected. In the 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth, when the Sport button is depressed, a G-Meter displays lateral and longitudinal acceleration. The Eco-Index meter also goes away and is replaced by a gauge that measures accelerator pedal pressure.


The new digital instrument panel will be standard in 2015 Fiat 500 Sport, Lounge, Turbo and Abarth models, and optional on the Pop.

2015 Fiat 500 Console and USB Port


A welcomed change is 2015 Fiat 500 models have their USB and Aux port located in the center console for better convenience. Previous models had these ports hidden away in the glove box. The new cars have a redesigned center console which appears to have two beverage holders and not the three used in past models. This is not much of a loss, though, as it was nearly impossible to actually use three cups at one time in the older cars.

All Fiat 500 models will now include Bluetooth streaming audio in addition to the already standard Bluetooth phone connectivity. Current owners have had to come up with creative ways to get their music to play from their phones, so this will be a much appreciated update.

Three new paint colors have been added for 2015: Billet Argento (billet silver), Laser Blu (bright metallic blue) and Giallo Moderna Perla (modern pearl yellow).

Another significant addition is now 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth and 500 Turbo models will have an optional automatic transmission available. This could lead to a significant sales increase for both models. You can read more about the Fiat 500 Abarth automatic transmission here:


The 2015 Fiat 500 models will arrive at Fiat Studios in July. We will have more on the new Fiat 500 model lineup next week at the New York Auto Show. Keep an eye out!


European 2014 Abarth 500 Digital Instrument Panel
Please note: European Abarth 500 instrument panel. North American model will be similar.

European Abarth 500 Digital Instrument Panel
Please note: European Abarth 500 instrument panel. North American model will be similar.

European Abarth 500 G-Meter
Please note: European Abarth 500 instrument panel. North American model will be similar.

Please note: European Abarth 500 instrument panel. North American model will be similar.



Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Fiat 500 Abarth To Get Automatic Trans

2015 Fiat 500 Abarth Dashboard


Jason Stoicevich, Head of Fiat Brand North America has confirmed the Fiat 500 Abarth will receive an automatic transmission option for the 2015 model year. The transmission used will be a conventional automatic manufactured by Aisin. Adding the new automatic transmission option will broaden the appeal of the high performance 500 Abarth. Last year there were an estimated 5,000 Fiat 500 Abarth hatchbacks and cabrios sold. Stoicevich figures adding the automatic transmission option could boost sales of the 500 Abarth up to 50 percent.

Abarth 500 with Automated Gearbox
European Abarth 500 equipped with Abarth Competizione gearbox also known as the C510 MTA.


The Abarth 500 as it is known in Europe, is available with an automatic transmission of sorts. Technically it is a robotized manual gearbox that can shift automatically. This transmission is called the C510 MTA (Manual Transmission Automated) and combines a conventional clutch and gearbox with an electro-hydraulic controller that automates the clutch and shifting controls. The C510MTA is capable of changing gears as fast as 190 ns and is optional on Abarth 500 models and standard on most Abarth 695 series cars. Note this transmission is not coming to America as its driving characteristics are at odds with American expectations. The mechanical shifting feel of the C510MTA could be considered a bit clunky to those used to the comparatively silky smooth shift of a traditional automatic transmission.

In America, shifting feel is important and there has always been a debate among enthusiasts who prefer a firmer, direct shift and more mainstream buyers who just want to put the car into drive and go. Witness the latest discussions on the current crop of Dual Dry Clutch transmissions. Dual Dry Clutch transmissions are extremely efficient compared to traditional automatics and are growing in popularity in Europe where driver involvement and control are highly valued. In America, smoothness is paramount and transmission calibration engineers throughout Detroit spend many sleepless nights trying to strike the right balance between smoothness and efficient, crisp shifts. There are ways to achieve this balance in a modern DDCT, however, the current MTA gearbox used in the Abarth 500 is a generation or so behind and cannot match these results.

As there is no DDC transmission currently available that will fit the 500 until the long delayed C625 DDCT makes its debut, the only option available to Fiat USA is to use the Aisin conventional automatic similar to the one used in NAFTA Fiat 500 models.

2015 Fiat 500 Abarth Auto Shifter


The automatic transmission used in the 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth is manufactured by Aisin AW, the world's number one manufacturer of automatic transmissions. The AW6F25 is an electronically controlled six-speed automatic transmission with a lock-up torque converter. For the Fiat 500 Abarth application, the transmission has been enhanced to deal with high performance use. Additional clutch plates have been added and a more robust heat treatment up the maximum torque capacity, which may lead the way for higher performance versions. When sport mode is selected, more aggressive transmission settings are activated such as throttle-blipping, rev-matching downshifts along with gears being held longer when accelerating out of corners and when getting off the gas. Fuel-cut upshifts smooth out drivetrain shock and the transmission downshifts when getting hard on the brakes to assist stopping performance and to ensure the car is in an appropriate gear to accelerate again.

Aisin AWF6


The 2015 Fiat 500 Turbo will also share the new AW6F25 transmission. Look for the new 2015 Fiat 500 models arriving at Fiat Studios this July.

We'll have more on the new Automatic Fiat 500 Abarth next week at its debut at the New York Auto Show.


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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Fiat 2014 March Sales Best Ever!

Fiat 500L Trekking on Beach

March brought the Fiat brand its best sales month ever. Fiat sold a total of 4,738 cars in March, a 24 percent increase compared to the same month a year ago. The 4,738 cars were a record for the Fiat brand and beat the previous record of 4,176 cars sold back in September 2012. Additionally, sales for the Fiat 500 were up substantially compared with the past two months, with the Fiat 500e all-electric vehicle recording a 95 percent increase over last month, and the Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio showing a 160 percent increase in year to date sales compared with last year.



The Fiat 500L also had its best sales month ever since the car's introduction last June. Sales of the Fiat 500L numbered 1,422 last month, a 78 percent increase over February's sales of 801 cars. Some credit for the Fiat 500L sales increase should be given to an aggressive new ad campaign that has been all over the TV this past month. The commercial featuring Sean "Diddy" Combs introduces the campaign's tagline "The Fiat 500L - Incredibly Big" and tells the story that Fiat makes more than just small cars. While some critics question cross promoting Sean Combs in a Fiat commercial, there is no denying that the "Incredibly Big" tagline does stick in one's mind. It is an apt description of the Fiat 500L, a subcompact car that has the room of a full sized Chrysler 300.

Fiat 500 1957 Edition and Original


March Recap
Fiat kicked off March by opening the order books for the new limited production Fiat 500 1957 Edition. This Fiat 500 is a tribute to the original 1957 Nuova 500 introduced on July 4th of that year and features vintage styling cues that recall the historic model. Based on the well equipped Fiat 500 Lounge model, the 1957 Edition adds exclusive trim to make it unique. The Fiat 500 1957 Edition is well priced at $20,400, just $1,900 more than a base Fiat 500 Lounge and represents an excellent value considering the level of equipment that is standard (leather seats, premium sound system with Sirius XM Radio, and the unique trim to name just a few).


Fiat started a promotion with Loews Hotels in March to supply loaner vehicles and chauffeured driven cars at certain locations. Loews Hotels are offering chauffeur service to guests in all-new 2014 Fiat 500L vehicles at five Loews addresses across the country. The locations participating are Loews Madison Hotel in Washington, D.C., Loews Regency Hotel in New York City, Loews Hollywood Hotel, Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel and Loews Miami Beach Hotel. Additionally, Loews Miami Beach, Loews Hollywood and Loews Santa Monica Beach will offer two complimentary Fiat loaner vehicles – the Fiat 500L, and either the Fiat Cabrio or the all-electric Fiat 500e (depending on location) – for guests to use for the day (up to three hours a day). For reservations or more information about Loews Hotels and Resorts, call 1-800-23-LOEWS or visit: loewshotels.com.

Fiat also hit social media hard this month with its usual Facebook promotions. Always check out the official Fiat USA Facebook page for contests and giveaways.

Alfa Romeo 4C in Nero


The biggest news, though, came from Alfa Romeo with the announcement that the high performance Alfa Romeo 4c sports car will debut at the New York Auto Show and will be available for sale during the second quarter this year! Fiat500USA.com also broke the story that Fiat dealers began receiving letters of intent letting them know they are eligible for a new Alfa Romeo franchise. Only top performing Fiat dealers, in addition to the handful of Maserati dealers, will make the first round choice to have an Alfa Romeo franchise. There will be two additional rounds of Alfa Romeo dealer appointments made in the future. Read the details below:



Abarth press conference held at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

Switching to Europe, Fiat, Abarth and Alfa Romeo debuted its 2014 model line up at the Geneva Motor Show last month. Lots of trim updates and the introduction of some exciting models. Read more about them below:


 

695 Abarth Biposto


Fiat 500 Sales in the United States - March 2014
Fiat 500Current MonthLast YearVol ChangeCurrent YTD TotalLast Year YTD TotalVol Change
March 2014
500
500L
 

     3,316
     1,422
    4,738

  3,807
     0
  3,807

    -13%
     new
     24%

     8,473
     2,952
     11,425

         9,612
                0
         9,612

     -12%
     new
     19%
Feb 2014
500
500L
 

     2,664
     801
    3,465

  3,302
     0
  3,302

    -19%
     new
     5%

     5,157
     1,530
     6,687

         5,805
                0
         5,805

     -11%
     new
     15%
Jan 2014
500
500L
 

     2,493
     729
    3,222

  2,503
     0
  2,503

    0%
     new
     29%

     2,493
     729
    3,222

         2,503
                0
         2,503

     0%
     new
     29%

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