AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Jan. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --
- Industry accolade comes courtesy of Autobytel as more sports car buyers shopped for the Alfa Romeo 4C on Autobytel.com than any other vehicle in the category
- Ultralight carbon fiber monocoque and aluminum chassis structures afford 4C an incredible power-to-weight ratio, weighing under 2,500 pounds (lbs.)
- Race-inspired performance: 0-60 miles per hour (mph) in 4.1 seconds thanks to an all-aluminum 1750 cc direct-injection, intercooled, turbocharged engine paired to the blistering fast Alfa TCT (twin-clutch transmission) and Alfa DNA selector with four adjustable drive modes
- Excellence handcrafted in Modena, Italy: 4C combines the performance engineering of Alfa Romeo and the craftsmanship of Maserati
- New 2017 Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe available now for a starting U.S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $55,900
The 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C won the inaugural 2017 Autobytel "Buyer's Choice" award for "Best Sports Car," as more sports car buyers shopped for the Alfa Romeo 4C on Autobytel.com and submitted a dealer contact form than any other vehicle in that category.
The Alfa Romeo 4C name recalls the brand's great sporting tradition: The award-winning 4C Coupe and Spider continue this tradition with the innovative all-aluminum 1750 cc turbocharged direct injection, dual intercooler four-cylinder engine, delivering an impressive 136 horsepower-per-liter. With seating for two and the soundtrack of an Italian performance-tuned engine and exhaust, the Alfa Romeo 4C is among the most exhilarating experiences in motoring – and represents the very core of Alfa Romeo's DNA and heritage.
The 4C beat out nine other sports car finalists, including Acura NSX, Audi R8, Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Camaro SS, Ford Mustang, Jaguar F-TYPE, Mazda MX-5 Miata, Porsche Cayman and Scion FR-S.
The newly minted Autobytel Buyer's Choice Award covers multiple vehicle sub-categories, each reflecting leadership in both Autobytel.com site search traffic and dealer lead generation. This award is derived from data collected from October 2015 to October 2016.
"After analyzing the data from the past year, it is clear to us that car buyers are most interested in quality, reliability, design, safety and performance," said Joni Gray, Autobytel's editor-in-chief. "These are some of the most innovative and beautiful vehicles on the market today. Each one resonates with the current trends in technology, safety and family-friendly features that win the hearts and pocketbooks of American car buyers. Congratulations to each of the carmakers for this accomplishment."
The Autobytel Buyer's Choice Award is especially significant given the fact that roughly 8 million consumers visit Autobytel properties each month to research their next vehicle purchase. Last year, the company delivered more than 9 million leads to its industry partners and well over 60 million leads to its industry partners since 1995. According to IHS Automotive, consumers submitting leads via the Autobytel network accounted for over 2.5 million new retail sales from 2011 – 2015, representing an average of roughly 4 percent of all U.S. light vehicle new retail sales.
With racing heritage, Italian style and advanced technologies, Alfa Romeo vehicles have always been one of the most desired among collectors and enthusiasts.
Autobytel Inc. provides high-quality consumer leads and associated marketing services to automotive dealers and manufacturers throughout the United States. The company also provides consumers with robust and original online automotive content to help them make informed car-buying decisions. The company pioneered the automotive internet in 1995 with its flagship website http://www.autobytel.com/ and has since helped tens of millions of automotive consumers research vehicles; connected thousands of dealers nationwide with motivated car buyers; and helped every major automaker market its brand online.
About Alfa Romeo
Since its foundation in Milan, Italy, in 1910, Alfa Romeo continues to design and craft some of the most stunning and exclusive cars in automotive history, all while building on a racing heritage that includes some of the most talented and storied drivers and victories.
Crafted by Alfa Romeo artisans at the Cassino plant in Italy, the all-new 2018 Stelvio lineup is a testament to Alfa Romeo's perfect balance of engineering and emotion, creating a premium mid-size SUV for driving enthusiasts that stands out in one of the largest and fastest growing segments in the U.S. Born from the world's greatest driving road – Stelvio Pass – the all-new 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio sets a new benchmark in performance, style and technology in an SUV that could only be Italian. The innovative Q4 all-wheel-drive (AWD) system – standard on all Stelvio models, including the Quadrifoglio, provides additional driving confidence and superior control. Infused with Italian passion, craftsmanship and innovation, the all-new Alfa Romeo Stelvio will conquer the winding road for which it is named.
As the first of a new generation of vehicles on an all-new platform, the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia and Giulia Ti models embody Alfa Romeo's La meccanica delle emozioni (the mechanics of emotion) spirit, delivering race-inspired performance with a class-leading 280 horsepower, advanced technologies that include the available Q4 all-wheel-drive system, seductive Italian style and an exhilarating driving experience to the premium mid-size sedan segment. As the "halo" model in the lineup, Giulia Quadrifoglio highlights Alfa Romeo's motorsport knowhow with a best-in-class, 505-horsepower, 2.9-liter bi-turbo V-6 engine that earns the title of the most powerful Alfa Romeo production car engine ever and the quickest with a class-leading 0-60 mph time of 3.8 seconds, plus it enabled a record-setting Nürburgring lap time of 7:32 – the fastest ever by a four-door production sedan.
The handcrafted 2017 Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe represents the purest form of La meccanica delle emozioni, with its race-inspired, mid-engine design and state-of-the-art, Formula 1-inspired carbon fiber monocoque chassis that enables an incredible power-to-weight ratio and with advanced technologies, including the all-aluminum 1750 turbocharged and intercooled engine with direct-injection and dual variable-valve timing, which enables supercar-level performance, including 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds.
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