2015 Alfa Romeo 4C vs. Its Competition

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

There's nothing quite like the Alfa 4C, at least until someone cross-pollinates a Cayman with a Mazda Miata.

Until then, we'll point to the Cayman as the most likely step up and out of the Alfa: the Porsche weighs a lot more, but its lyrical handling and real-world cabin make it so much more usable than the 4C.

We'll be heretics and throw in the Mercedes CLA45 AMG here too: the horsepower numbers are way in its favor, even if the curb weight isn't; its sticky all-wheel-drive grip is unerring in a way the mid-engine Alfa only dreams about.

BMW's i8 is made from carbon fiber, and that might entice some side eyes here, but it's a big luxury coupe first, a performer second.

Lastly, the Jag F-Type and Chevy Corvette are in the same price league as the Alfa, but skew off in performance terms in different directions: the F-Type is all exhaust note and huge tires, and the Corvette is all exhaust note and huge tires and...wait, what were we getting at?

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The 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C is a dazzling sports-car reincarnation of a heady past, and a future classic in its own right.
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The 2015 BMW i8 is a ground-breaking new sports coupe with a plug-in hybrid powertrain that delivers several driving personalities from which the driver can choose.
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With exceptional performance, style, comfort, features, and most of all value, the 2015 Chevy Corvette Stingray is a remarkable sports car.
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The 2015 Jaguar F-Type piles on even more sportscar credibility with a ravishing Coupe R edition.
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The 2015 CLA is a small Mercedes done right, with enough of the brand's style and refinement mixed with a dash of youthfulness.
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The 2015 Porsche Cayman remains a focused 911 alternative, at an easier-to-swallow price.
MSRP From     
$53,900$136,500$55,000$65,000$31,500$52,600
Gas Mileage     
24 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Engine     
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Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
242252
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CoupeCoupeCoupeCoupeSedanCoupe
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Auto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODManualAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODManual w/OD