Video: F1 Racing Driver Giancarlo Fisichella Is Very Impressed With The New 4C

Here at Italian Car Scene, we cannot get enough of the thrilling new Alfa Romeo 4C. The mid-engined baby supercar has won critical praise throughout the world, but what about real drivers?

And since all Alfas carry that Formula 1 DNA in them, who can better testify how exciting the new car is than an F1 driver. That’s why Alfa has published an interesting video on their YouTube channel. Alfa has hired Giancarlo Fisichella to give the 4C a try around the legendary Balocco test track.

Ferrari’s test driver could not hide a large smile on his face while he was testing the 4C:

For those of you who do not speak Italian, Fisichella was really impressed with the car: “The driving position is great, the front end is very precise, just like the steering,”

Obviously, the mid-engined configuration really helps the car in corners: “Even in fast corners it feels very stable and precise, the rear end is planted”, says Fisichella, adding that although the car is very balanced, it is still really fun to drive.

“Congratulations Alfa Romeo!”, says Fisichella. And how can you argue with that?

Ferrari 430 Photoshoot By ActivFilms.TV

Ferrari 430 Photoshoot By ActivFilms.TV

Ferrari 458 Italia has set the world on fire (no pun intended) with its aggressive futuristic styling, amazing aerodynamics and mind-blowing chassis, so it is time for us to say goodbye to its predecessor, the amazing Ferrari F430.

After its debut on the 2004 Paris Motor Show, it was clear from the start that Ferrari had another winner on the table. Styling was led by Pininfarina, with Frank Stephenson as the design chief (who famously designed the very acclaimed 2001 BMW Mini and the 2002 Range Rover). All was set for a huge shakeup in the supercar world.

Its engine was a collaborative effort between Ferrari and its sister brand Maserati, a glorious 4,3 litre V8 producing 490 PS. The engine was entirely new which was a radical step because all Ferrari V8’s of past were based on the old 1950s Dino racing program. Although the engine was 20 percent bigger in displacement, the weight was increased by a mere four kilograms, while the aluminium body shell was significantly lighter than the one found in its predecessor, the 360 Modena.

Of course, everyone was interested in numbers, and F430 did not disappoint: The car was quicker from zero to sixty miles, getting there in just four seconds, whereas high speed reached a new record of 196 MPH (315 KM/H).

The F430 also introduced a new feature called manettino, a Formula One inspired small switch on the steering wheel which alters the stability control settings, something that was featured in every Ferrari since then.

In its five year production run, the F430 was also offered as a open top (better known as Spider), and several special editions. The F430 Challenge was a special track version where the engine was left untouched, but the weight was significantly reduced. Two years later, in 2007, Ferrari released the F430 Scuderia, upgrading the engine to 515 PS and reducing the weight by another 200 pounds.

The last two special editions were the Scuderia Spider 16M, basically a roadster version of already impressive Scuderia, and the peculiar F430 Biofuel which runs on ethanol, and emits five percent less carbon dioxide. Not that anyone cared about the CO2 part, but still.

As a farewell to the already iconic supercar, take a look at our exclusive images made by ActivFilms.TV which brought us a set of gorgeous Ferrari 430 wallpapers, a real proper way to say farewell to a platform so exciting as this. We won’t stop reporting about Ferrari 430 projects and builds, but Ferrari has moved on to newer models and this was needed to be said about a special vehicle like this.

Ferrari 430 Photoshoot By ActivFilms.TV

Ferrari 430 Photoshoot By ActivFilms.TV

Ferrari 430 Photoshoot By ActivFilms.TV

Ferrari 430 Photoshoot By ActivFilms.TV

Ferrari 430 Photoshoot By ActivFilms.TV

Ferrari 430 Photoshoot By ActivFilms.TV

Alfa Romeo 4C – Yes, It’s A Success

Alfa Romeo 4C – Yes, It’s A Success

Automotive journalists around the world have poured into Turin to finally try the new 4C sports car, and everyone wants to know one thing: Was it worth the wait? Knowing Alfa Romeo and the recent mismanagement of the brand, it is easy to be a little bit sceptical. Is this the car that can really save the fallen brand?

Well, judging by the first impression, we can say without any hesitation, yes. Alfa Romeo is alive and well, we can turn off the life support machine.

Any reader of Italian Car Scene should by now know the basics of the car, but let’s revise them once again: Conceived as a concept in 2010, the 4C was supposed to be a so-called “halo car” for Alfa, something that will probably make little profit, but will be beneficial for the image of the brand. Think of it as an Audi R8 – low volume, high price, but great image. Admittedly, Alfa has had its R8 moment with the 8C but 500 examples can only make it a sought after collector’s item.

Other than that, the 4C is a more realistic representation of Alfa Romeo than the 8C. After all, small, light, nimble and sexy is what Alfa should be, whereas the 8C was probably a bit too much Ferrari-esque for its own good.

At a relatively affordable price (around $55,000), Alfa promises stunning looks, 4.5 second 0 – 60 time and proper mid-engined car handling. Think Porsche Cayman but without the trashy, brash image. Or Lotus Exige for normal people.

Judging by the comments, it does deliver: “Thanks to the lightness, the wide track, the chassis rigidity, the low centre of gravity and lack of overhangs – plus all-independent suspension and the fact that a bunch of hard-driving Italian engineers have given it death in places like Alfa’s famous Balocco test track – the 4C’s roadholding and ride quality are just brilliant”, says Autocar. They do however say that the Cayman is more grown up, but judging by the tone, the 4C sounds more fun.

EVO is also impressed by the capabilities on the track, where it exhibits more “race car feel than the Cayman” and “feels worth every penny”. The basic Cayman is a bit cheaper though, but the exclusivity of the little Alfa (only 3500 a year will be made) more than justifies that price. The Lotus Exige V6 is a whole Fiat 500 Abarth more expensive.

Fun fact: The 4C is (like its older brother 8C) made by Maserati in their factory in Modena. Not that the car needs more desirability, but still, it’s nice to know and to let others know.

Even better, in the US, the 4C will be sold in Maserati dealerships, but only 1200 lucky customers will be able to get one. Admittedly, the competition is rather scarce: Caymans are popular with the cast of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (rumour has it that Honey Boo Boo wants one for her sweet sixteen) and the Exige hasn’t been imported to the States in a while.

The bottom-line is here rather simple: The 4C is a great car. It’s fun, capable and above all, it looks spectacular. Better still, you can own one, if you are quick enough.

But what about the other Alfas?

Sadly, Alfa Romeo currently makes two different models: The small MiTo and the compact Giulietta, both reasonably popular in Europe (although not breaking any records) and the new Spider is being tested as we speak. Jalopnik says that the brand will expand with no less than six new models which we will discuss in the following weeks, starting with the Spider which will share its platform with the already acclaimed Mazda MX-5.

But the role of the 4C is more than fulfilled: People are talking about it, the internet is buzzing and the press loves it. Does it get better? It may not be a big seller or a common sight on the road, but it doesn’t have to be. In fact, the limited production numbers are more than spot on because it keeps the car desirable and exclusive.

Cars like the Giulietta and Mito are always welcome, but they failed to resurrect the interest in the brand, something the 4C has greatly done, even though it is twice the price of a Giulietta. Let’s put it this way: The 4C is the kind of car you would put as your wallpaper picture, but realistically, you can have in your driveway. And praise doesn’t get higher than that. Still, for now though, check out our amazing gallery for the mentioned wallpaper.

Maserati Ghibli First Appearance On The Road Video

Maserati Ghibli First Appearance On The Road Video

Maserati’s long awaited sports sedan Ghibli was caught last week while shooting an ad in Amsterdam.
The car in question is indigo blue, a bit more brighter than the usual Maserati blue, so it suggest that this is the top of the line model, with quad exhausts although notably lacking the Q4 system which was present on all show cars.

What we can see from the video is that the car looks more than spectacular than we ever hoped for. Its aggresive front end slightly reminds of a BMW 3-series, but there is nothing wrong with that. The profile looks positively Italian, with bold creases and bulges, taking cues from its larger brother.

We cannot wait to see it in person!

As we speak, the car is being delivered in dealerships in Europe and Maserati is taking orders. Also, the company has revealed that more than 8,000 people have ordered a new Quattroporte.

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