Re-Imagined Alfa Romeo 4C Is Something We’ll Sadly Never Get

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Alfa Romeo’s baby supercar will only be a one-and-done ride, but this re designed 4C sure would be nice.

Alfa Romeo’s rebirth as a world-class sports car company arguably hinged on the 4C. It debuted with much fanfare and as a treat to enthusiasts world-wide, it was a delight to drive. But, with FCA’s five-year plan announced recently, the 4C it seems, isn’t being replaced or updated. Instead, Alfa is focusing on other models.

One coach builder, the Adler Group, and Up Design has imagined “what could be” and built this: the Mole Construction Artisan 001. Odd name, yes, but incredibly pretty — at least to this author.

This 4C takes Alfa Romeo’s more aggressive look and styling elements you’d find on the Quadrifoglio, and places them on the small coupe. No more petite design here, especially around the front end with unique open headlights and wider lower grille openings.

Even more unique is the covered engine bay area, with only minor slats for ventilation in place of the 4C’s original rear window. Combined with tail lights that contain wide openings on either side, and it creates a very squared, hunkered down look, completely unlike the original. Adding exhaust with angled dual circular tailpipes fits the look perfectly.

Alfa Romeo 4C Mole coachbuilt (7)

Proportions of the interior remain largely the same, but visual elements have certainly been touched as well. Two tone leather is the highlight, with silver bezels, buttons and switches to add extra visual appeal.

We assume the changes on this 4C are cosmetic and don’t reach to the turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. As such, the already impressive performance numbers would largely remain unchanged.

It’s sad to see the baby Alfa go away with no replacement lined up, but perhaps that will make us appreciate the 4C even more than we do now.

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Patrick Morgan is an instructor at Chicago's Autobahn Country Club and contributes to a number of Auto sites for Internet Brands, including MB World and 6SpeedOnline.

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