Supercars are addictive. Drive a proper one and it will completely scramble your definition of performance. The problem, though, is unless you have $400K lying around, you won’t get that chance, which is where the two above machines come in.
At the 4C’s core, there’s a stiff-as-anything carbon-fibre tub, into which goes a turbo inline-4 and dual-clutch transmission. Sure, the fastest all-wheel drive hatches would pip it in a straight line, as that turbo 1.75-litre Giulietta engine pushes it to 100km/h in 4.5 seconds. But the 4C is more about the uncorrupted, unassisted steering, rapid gear changes and exotic construction. And not being a Porsche Cayman.
In the “used” corner, Lotus has been creating small exotics since seemingly forever. Its Exige has an aluminium-based chassis and a supercharged Toyota 3.5-litre V6 churning out 258kW and 400Nm in S spec. That’s not going to frighten a McLaren, but when it’s pushing 1125kg you’re in for serious performance. Triple figures arrive on your dash in 3.9sec and it’ll keep most 911s honest anywhere twisty.
If you’re willing accept one in used condition, you can find an example for the same amount the 4C asks. We dare say the Lotus will have you pining for the next drive more than the Alfa.
|2018 Alfa Romeo 4C||vs||2012 Lotus Exige S|
|1750cc inline-4, DOHC, 16v, turbo||ENGINE||3456cc V6, DOHC, 24v, supercharged|
|177kW @ 6000rpm||POWER||258kW @ 7000rpm|
|350Nm @ 2200rpm||TORQUE||400Nm @ 4600rpm|
|4.5sec (claimed)||0-100KM/H||3.9sec (claimed)|
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