2018 Alfa Romeo 4C vs. Its Competition

2018 Alfa Romeo 4C
Kirk Bell Kirk Bell Senior Editor

The Alfa Romeo 4C is a very focused sports car with few true rivals.

The Porsche 718, offered as both a coupe (Cayman) and a convertible (Boxster), is close in mission as a sports car, and it also has 4-cylinder power, but it’s far more comfortable and practical.

The Jaguar F-Type also now offers a turbo-4 and it is sporty and beautiful, but again it’s more comfortable, though less engaging.

The Chevy Corvette is similar to the F-Type in many ways, but it only comes with V-8 power.

The Mazda MX-5 Miata offers a bit more practicality than the 4C, far more comfort, but not nearly as much performance.

The BMW i8 is about as rare as the 4C, almost as cramped (though it has a rear seat), and, like the 4C, is typically bought as a fourth or fifth car.

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Quick Specs
5.8
Sexy, light, and balanced, the 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C is at home when pushed hard. It sure isn’t practical or comfortable for everyday driving.
7.8
The 2018 Chevrolet Corvette delivers unmatched performance for the dollar and the features to go with it; the looks are arresting but perhaps too aggressive for some tastes.
8.0
The 2018 Jaguar F-Type is a thrilling sports car with style to match.
6.4
The 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata is the quintessential modern sports car.
7.6
The 2017 BMW i8 is a stunning coupe with gull-wing doors that hides a slew of advanced technology, though the design may render its energy-efficient plug-in hybrid powertrain all but irrelevant.
MSRP From     
$55,900$55,495$59,900$25,295$55,300$143,400
Gas Mileage     
24 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Gas V8Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded H-4Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-3
EPA Class     
Two-SeatersTwo SeaterTwo-SeatersTwo-SeatersTwo-SeatersSubcompact Cars
Style Name     
Coupe2-Door Stingray Coupe w/2LTCoupe Automatic 296HPSport ManualCoupeCoupe
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
222224
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
CoupeCoupeCoupeConvertibleCoupeCoupe
Transmission     
Auto-Shift Manual w/ODManualAutomatic w/ODManualManual w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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