Sales should start in January 2019.

Alfa Romeo’s 4C sports car, in both coupe and convertible variants, was revised in early January last year and now the Italian manufacturer is preparing another update for the controversial sports car. According to the latest reports, the car will receive a range of technical improvements designed to address criticism of the car and it won’t be offered with a manual gearbox.

The information has been confirmed by Alfa Romeo and Maserati engineering boss Roberto Fedeli, who also hinted the refreshed 4C will debut towards the end of next year with sales starting in the first month of 2019. The 4C will likely gain a new engine in addition to reworked suspension and steering.

The current 4C is still criticised for its bad handling and unpredictable steering, and the brand’s engineers want to address that by implementing new and better technologies. The engineers hope to make the 4C the car it should be, with a keen awareness of the pressure of returning to top-flight motorsport in 2018.

'We are coming back to Formula 1. And we need the 4C to be our halo car.'

The 4C is currently powered by Alfa’s 1.75-litre turbocharged petrol engine, delivering 237bhp and 258lb ft of torque. These numbers are good for a 0-60mph time of 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 160mph.

The facelifted 4C will most likely also gain new exterior colours and more customisation options, and we expect to see some new alloy designs and probably interior colours, too.

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2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe
 

Interestingly, Fedeli also confirmed that no upcoming high-performance models from Alfa, Maserati and Ferrari will be offered with manual transmissions. That’s due to the extremely low demand from customers – for example, during the development process of the California, Ferrari has said that it invested more than £7.5 million for a proper manual gearbox, but in the end only two cars with manuals were sold to clients.

 

Gallery: 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe