What's the most talked about aspect of the Alfa Romeo 4C? The incredible feat of offering a carbon tub on a £50K mid-engined sports car? The welcome return of Alfa Romeo to building beautiful vehicles? The admirable step aside from the horsepower arms race and focus on light weight, non-assisted steering and real-world relevant performance?
A no brainer to put these on the coupe, surely
Nope, it's those bloody headlights. Four big stories on PH on the car thus far;
before his more recent second one
against the Cayman
. 1,326 comments between them. 1,325 of them expressing horror at the headlights. OK, possibly an exaggeration but they remain a huge talking point. Not since the bug-eye Impreza have a set of lamps caused so much consternation.
Whether it was PH power or just recognition of the fact the coupe's 'eye infection' items looked a bit aftermarket it was good to see some 'proper' headlights on the 4C Spider at Geneva last week. A sleeker single projector under clear cowls, they very much resolve the slightly awkward face of the 4C coupe and would seem a no-brainer rolling upgrade or even retrofit option for those 4C coupes already built. Right Alfa?
Wrong! "At this stage they're still prototypes on a car that we won't see for at least a year," says UK PR man Conor Twomey, going on to explain that the design "reflects the more elegant, less extreme nature of the Spider" and that "there are no plans to offer them on the coupe ... We don't even know if they'll make production or not yet."