Two Future Classics

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When asked which current car models had the potential to become classic collectables, two were the names which stood out in the rankings of Motor Klassik magazine: the Alfa Romeo 4C, which won the Future Classic competition in the coupé category for the second time; and the Abarth 595, which nabbed the title in the small displacement engine class. Italian design and racing inspired technology are destined to dominate the decades to come.

The modern versions of the Alfa Romeo 4C coupé, packing Formula 1 technology, and the Abarth 595 aroused the enthusiasm of lovers of classic cars, racing-inspired technology and supercar performance. Their peerless allure will last for decades to come. This is what the expert readers of Motor Klassik think, having elected Alfa Romeo 4C the Future Classic for the second time running in the coupé category where competition is particularly stiff. The Abarth 595 won for the first time in the small displacement class.

The twice-winning Alfa Romeo 4C and the rookie Abarth 595 inherit an important tradition as other Fiat Chrysler Automobiles models received the Future Classic title in the past. In 2009, the Alfa Romeo 159 and the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione prevailed in their respective categories, while in 2012 and 2013 one of the most coveted trophies went to the Fiat 500.

The Alfa Romeo fits the best technology derived from the racing world. With a monocoque carbon fibre cockpit, extensive use of aluminium (in the chassis and engine compartment) and special composite materials (for the body), the two-seat coupé has an empty weight of 895 kg and a weight-to-power ratio of less than 4 kg. That’s a record even for a supercar. Like the brand-new and nearly identical (with the obvious difference of the open top) spider version, the Alfa Romeo 4C has a direct injection, four-cylinder turbo engine displacing 1,750 cc and delivering power of 240 hp.

The Abarth 595 also has racing car DNA. The name itself is homage to one of the most successful racing cars of the 1960s which contributed to fame of car tuner and maker Carlo Abarth. The classic Abarth 595 reaped win and after win with its (modest to today’s standard) 32 hp engine, while the state-of-the-art 1.4-litre turbo of its modern counterpart unleashes five times more power (180 hp) under the bonnet. This makes the Italian car with the legendary scorpion badge on the radiator one of the most powerful in the Touring and Competition segments.      

….. Alfa Romeo Press

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