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Is anyone else worried about the practicality of the 4C given the width?

At 82.3in/2,090mm it is almost a foot/300mm wider than the Giulietta or a Porsche Boxster, 6"/160mm wider than a Ferrari 360 and, incredibly, an inch/33mm wider than a Lamborghini Murciélago!

I'm not looking forward to threading this through town or trying to park in a normal space. That said, it's about the same width as a Range Rover and people manage those ok.
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Is anyone else worried about the practicality of the 4C given the width?

At 82.3in/2,090mm it is almost a foot/300mm wider than the Giulietta or a Porsche Boxster, 6"/160mm wider than a Ferrari 360 and, incredibly, an inch/33mm wider than a Lamborghini Murciélago!

I'm not looking forward to threading this through town or trying to park in a normal space. That said, it's about the same width as a Range Rover and people manage those ok.
I'm just worried about people dinging my doors when parked..

I managed to get around with an X5 easily so doubt I'll have problems with the 4C
 
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It bodes well for cornering speeds though ...
Wonder if they redesigned the wing mirrors because they kept knocking them off the test cars?

You do raise a point about fast 2 seaters though: the driver sits considerably 'inboard' of the rear wheel arches and needs to have good 3D sense to pass obstructions and kerbs!
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I'm just worried about people dinging my doors when parked..

I managed to get around with an X5 easily so doubt I'll have problems with the 4C
You're going to park it? Near someone else!

I'm under the illusion that I'll be nowhere near the shops or a car park or, well anywhere I
Have to worry about it... I can be a fool.
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I love the idea of a 4C as being like a Swift: it only lands to sleep, and even drinks on the wing.

Personally, I would be prepared to park a LONG way from muppets and walk, and I can see nowhere to put shopping, so it won't be going to the supermarket carpark, ever.
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Is anyone else worried about the practicality of the 4C given the width?

At 82.3in/2,090mm it is almost a foot/300mm wider than the Giulietta or a Porsche Boxster, 6"/160mm wider than a Ferrari 360 and, incredibly, an inch/33mm wider than a Lamborghini Murciélago!

I'm not looking forward to threading this through town or trying to park in a normal space. That said, it's about the same width as a Range Rover and people manage those ok.
It absolutely doesn't look that big! You know it's wide looking at its front profile and the depth of the sills etc before you reach the cabin, but it (maybe worryingly?) doesn't give the impression of such width...

One thing though, you'll love it!

Looking at it and being with it, It's certainly everything I hoped it would be...I'm smitten
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You're going to park it? Near someone else!

I'm under the illusion that I'll be nowhere near the shops or a car park or, well anywhere I
Have to worry about it... I can be a fool.
No others tend to park next to me even when I park 200m away from anyone else..
 
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No others tend to park next to me even when I park 200m away from anyone else..
I know that feeling! And it annoys the cr*p out of me!

I better go park my a*se in an aeroplane and get back to the uk...at the airport just now passing the time
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Is anyone else worried about the practicality of the 4C given the width?

At 82.3in/2,090mm it is almost a foot/300mm wider than the Giulietta or a Porsche Boxster, 6"/160mm wider than a Ferrari 360 and, incredibly, an inch/33mm wider than a Lamborghini Murciélago!

I'm not looking forward to threading this through town or trying to park in a normal space. That said, it's about the same width as a Range Rover and people manage those ok.

Surely that's the width including mirrors rather than the body width? If not then it will be very difficult to drive on UK roads and in towns.
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Surely that's the width including mirrors rather than the body width? If not then it will be very difficult to drive on UK roads and in towns.
Even if it is, you wouldn't want to risk anyone hitting one of those mirrors and taking out a door panel. I have memories of people hitting caravan-width mirrrors in narrow streets. Ouch!
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By the looks of the PDF posted in the options list thread, it is including mirrors. http://sith.knowfear.net/4cwebinar.pdf

The dimensions given on that make it narrower, shorter and lower than a Cayman. Bit of a relief.
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phew - very narrow streets with granite kerbs in our nearest small town...
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Interesting powerpoint there, thanks.
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By the looks of the PDF posted in the options list thread, it is including mirrors. http://sith.knowfear.net/4cwebinar.pdf
Cars with similar power/weight ratio
•Porsche 911 Turbo 4WD (£126K)
•Audi R8 5.2 V10 (£124)
•BMW M6 4.4 V8 Twin Turbo (£93K)

Cars with the same 0-62mph time
•Mercedes C Class 6.3 AMG (£58k to £97k) (I fixed this for them ...)
•BMW M3 GTS (£118k)
•Audi R8 4.2 V8 (£103k)

Cars with the same CO2 emissions
•VW Beetle 1.4 TSI 160bhp
•Mercedes C Class C350 265bhp
•Hyundai Veloster 1.6 Turbo 186bhp

Cars with the similar weight
•Lotus Elise
•Half an Audi TTS
•Half a Nissan 370Z
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•Half an Audi TTS
•Half a Nissan 370Z
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David, you missed off:

Cars with similarly "different" headlights:
Alfa 8C
Alfa Giulietta
Alfa Mito
Alfa GetOverIt
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I'll chuckle quietly if they turn out to be the linking design element with the new Spider ...
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Blimey, I was thinking it might get too wide for my garage.
Fortunately the wife called over the weekend while I was away and we've sold our house finally! So, first requirement for new place is a wide garage!!
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By the looks of the PDF posted in the options list thread, it is including mirrors. http://sith.knowfear.net/4cwebinar.pdf

The dimensions given on that make it narrower, shorter and lower than a Cayman. Bit of a relief.
The link in Stuart's post isn't working for me. Can others follow it OK?

At 1.75m between mirrors my 156 GTA is a very tight fit in the garage.

I looked closely at the 4C at Geneva and my best guess is the the body width is only 100mm less than between mirrors. So it won't fit. Bother! I thought I only had to find €60k.

Info at, for example, 4c.alfaromeo.com seems to indicate that the engine in the 4c is transversely mounted. How many other mid / rear engined cars have a transverse engine?

Whilst width is good for handling, I suspect it is actually dictated by the engine.

In early March, the Cirencester dealer tried to get me to cough up £16k deposit for a Launch Version 4c. On my return from Geneva, I told him I'd not be ordering before having a test drive which I'd be willing to travel to Italy for. Needless to say he was unable to predict when a test drive could be arranged.

I have no desire for the Launch Version. By buying a 156 GTA in 2004, I got one which had the early niggles fixed, ie had the larger front discs, and I got a Selespeed. that was well worth waiting for.

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Not that it makes that much difference, but some articles are saying that the width is 78" and not 82.3". It's still quite wide.

L/W/H
8C 172/75/53
911 177/71/51
Cayman 172/71/51
4C 157/82/47
Elise 149/73/44
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Not that it makes that much difference, but some articles are saying that the width is 78" and not 82.3". It's still quite wide.

L/W/H
8C 172/75/53
911 177/71/51
Cayman 172/71/51
4C 157/82/47
Elise 149/73/44
The "official" papers I have been given quote 1.864m wide equals to 73" which is narrower than a Cayman.
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I wonder if the 2090mm quoted on the Alfa website and press articles includes side mirrors and the 1864mm quoted in the "official" papers is sans side mirrors?
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The "official" papers I have been given quote 1.864m wide equals to 73" which is narrower than a Cayman.
That makes more sense. Cheers.
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EEK!! Even at 1864mm wide, it is 34 mm wider than a Brera!! The Brera was a tight squeeze for a UK single garage space; I was able to get mine in because of the folding mirrors, plus I had lined the garge with carpet on both sides, so rubbing the walls a bit didn't matter. Another 34mm and it probably won't fit in anything other than a double garage (which I don't have). And I wouldn't buy one without a garage it could fit in.

I have to say, I've found my E92 M3 much easier to drive around town than the Brera, because the Brera was noticeably wider. The 4C could be impracticably wide for anything other than motorways and race tracks.
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