Alfa Romeo has a lot of problems in North America, but building beautiful cars isn’t one of them. Just look at the 4C.
The Alfa Romeo 4C didn’t sell all that well and if you bought one you’ll have trouble getting rid of it when the time comes, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a great car.
It’s a pure, raw, unfiltered performance car meant to tear up a track in the same way a Lotus Exige or Elise was meant to.
Wires dangle inside the cockpit, there’s an aftermarket radio in there that wouldn’t be too good for a 1997 Civic Si and there’s no power steering. You have to go fast to get any kind of enjoyment out of the thing, and you’ll want a clear winding road.
This isn’t a car you buy to impress your neighbors and tool around Beverly Hills. That’s probably why it didn’t sell so well to start off with.
Ugur Sahin Design Revives the Alfa 4C
All that doesn’t matter to a company called Ugur Sahin Design, a Turkish tuner that has developed a few cars in the past, but nothing you’d see on the road.
Their retro Alfa Romeo 4C is called the Nivola after Alfa driver and 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Tazio Nuvolari who’s nickname was Nivola.
The rolling chassis of the Nivola is the same as the Alfa Romeo 4C, but the design is a far cry from the original car. It’s inspired by the spectacular 33 Stradale unveiled in 1967.
The Nivola is still just an idea for now. Ugur Sahin says they will explore demand and decide if they should build the car or not using carbon fiber or aluminium body panels.
We’re sure they won’t have too much trouble finding Alfa Romeo 4Cs to use for the Nivola.