In the second installment of Cancelled Cars, we’ll be looking at the story of the Alfa Romeo 4C Quadrifoglio.
Unlike the other cars included in this series, details on a range-topping 4C are few and far between.
The trail of information begin in 2014, shortly after the car’s launch. Speaking with US publication Car & Driver, Alfa Romeo CEO Harald Wester hinted that a Quadrifoglio version could be in the works, claiming the base car’s 1.75-litre turbo engine is “only at 136 horsepower per liter, so there is space”.
Prototypes were first spotted testing on Italian streets later that year, sporting larger side skirts, restyled exhaust tips and a plethora of new air intakes providing cooling to the brakes and powertrain.
But then, the stream of information just… stopped. No news, no leaks and no rumours.
That was until April 2019, when images emerged of two mysterious 4Cs on display at Fiat Chrysler’s Heritage HUB museum. The red and white vehicles wore a bold appearance compared to the models available in dealerships – features included more aggressive bumpers adorned with new cooling vents, black splitter, side skirts and diffuser, dual central exhaust tips, carbon-fibre rear wing, telephone-dial alloy wheels and a set of Quadrifoglio four-leaf clover badges.
The enthusiast community got excited. Could this be the performance 4C we have been waiting five years for? Sadly, it wasn’t to be. An Alfa Romeo spokesperson later confirmed to Jalopnik that the prototypes were “simply an exercise in style”, which were “meant to showcase what a possible, more aggressive version of the 4C would look like”.
What would a 4C Quadrifoglio be like, if it were to make showrooms? For starters, it would have employed an uprated version of the base car’s 1.75-litre turbocharged four-cylinder, producing upwards of 200kW (270hp). Other upgrades would likely include improved cooling (like that of the prototypes spied), beefier brakes, track-focused suspension and a revised dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
Like the Caterham we covered last week, it’s a shame the 4C QV never made it to production. Alfa Romeo are known for building cars that handle beautifully, and a hi-po 4C would certainly have been no different.