The Alfa Romeo 4C was only released earlier this year, but it's already making a lot of fans in Ireland, winning a host of awards in the process.
The 4C was recently named "Performance Car of the Year 2015" in the Association of Professional Motoring Press (APMP) Car and Van of the Year Awards, a strong follow-up to the "Overall Best Car" and “Best Drivers Car Under €75,000" titles awarded to them by The Sunday Times Ireland / CompleteCar.ie Best Cars Guide 2015.
Judges on both panels were particularly impressed by just how light and agile the car was, with advanced materials used to offer a car that performs and handles well and has lower running costs!
The 4C has low fuel consumption figures of 41.5mpg and just 157g/km of CO2 emissions, providing a rare sporty car that's easy on the wallet. This is particularly emphasised by the low tax costs, which combined with the car's starting price of €69,900 in Ireland (£45,000 OTR in the UK), led the Sunday Times / CompleteCar.ie judges to describe it as “an out-and-out bargain." Judges also proclaimed that the 4C is “easily one of the most exciting cars you can buy right now," and that it is “a complete blast to drive."
Speaking about the APMP Performance Car of the Year win, judging panel Chairperson Michael Sheridan noted: "The Alfa Romeo 4C is outrageous fun to drive. With supercar looks at a fraction of the cost Alfa Romeo has a true star with its pocket-rocket 4C."
In addition to the awards, the 4C also set the www.Rev.ie lap record for production cars around the Mondello Park Race Circuit, driven by experienced racing driver and motoring journalist Ian Beatty. No small feat as Ian is the Circuit Operations Manager at Mondello Park, and uses the circuit for timed laps in every car that he tests – it doesn't get much more impressive than that!
Gerry Clarke, Country Director for FIAT Group Automobiles Ireland, said: "The Alfa Romeo 4C has won a number of significant accolades across Europe since it was launched and these latest awards, as decided by some of the most respected, experienced and widely-read motoring journalists in Ireland, are amongst the most prestigious yet. We're hugely grateful to the Irish motoring media for acknowledging the efforts of Alfa Romeo's engineers in producing something truly advanced, unique and exhilarating in the astonishing Alfa Romeo 4C."
Ivan Gibson, Head of Brand for Alfa Romeo UK, added: "Having witnessed the reaction of Irish media to the 4C at the Alfa Romeo range launch earlier in the year, I am delighted to see that enthusiasm already translated into a number of significant and prestigious awards. The 4C is a milestone vehicle in the true tradition of Alfa Romeos past, making cutting-edge technologies and technical innovations at an astonishingly attainable price, and we're thrilled that Alfa Romeo's achievements have been so strongly endorsed by the Irish motoring press."
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