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Video: Auto Express pits Cayman against Alfa Romeo 4C on track

Monday, June 9, 2014

It’s been awhile since Alfa Romeo released a sports car for the masses (the limited-edition 8C doesn’t count), but that’s all about to change with the US launch of the mid-engined 4C sports car this month. The arrival of a Porsche Cayman competitor begs the question: Would you buy an Alfa Romeo 4C over a Cayman?

While the 4C’s shortcomings (numb steering, coarse engine note, tricky at-the-limit handling, etc.) have been documented by several auto publications, the carbon-fiber-chassis Alfa has a special allure. It’s lightweight, quick, good-looking, and more. But all of that doesn’t matter on track, where lap times are everything. Or does it?

Take a look at the numbers. Alfa Romeo 4C: 237 horsepower; 258 pound-feet of torque; roughly 2,650 pounds (US spec). Porsche Cayman: 275 hp, 213 lb-ft; 2,888 pounds (with manual transmission). All in, the Cayman has a slight power-to-weight advantage, though the 4C has a better torque-to-weight ratio.

Looks like a fair fight to us, but you’ll have to watch the Auto Express video comparison below to see which one reigns supreme. Enjoy!

Source: Auto Express via YouTube

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