2019 Alfa Romeo 4C vs. 2020 Chevrolet Camaro

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the 4C and the Camaro have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

Warranty

The 4C comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Camaro’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The 4C’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Camaro’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the 4C has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of some of the engines in the Camaro.

Engine

As tested in Motor Trend the Alfa Romeo 4C is faster than the Chevrolet Camaro V6 (automatics tested):

4C

Camaro

Zero to 60 MPH

4 sec

5.3 sec

Quarter Mile

12.7 sec

13.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

107 MPH

102.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the 4C gets better fuel mileage than the Camaro:

MPG

4C

RWD

Auto

1.8 Turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/34 hwy

Camaro

RWD

Manual

2.0 Turbo 4 cyl.

20 city/30 hwy

3.6 DOHC V6

16 city/26 hwy

6.2 Supercharger V8

14 city/20 hwy

Auto

2.0 Turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

6.2 Supercharger V8

13 city/21 hwy

Transmission

The Alfa Romeo 4C comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Camaro.

The 4C offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Camaro doesn’t offer an SMG.

Brakes and Stopping

The 4C’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the Camaro LS/LT are solid, not vented.

The 4C stops much shorter than the Camaro:

4C

Camaro

70 to 0 MPH

144 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

96 feet

118 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The 4C’s standard 205/45R17 front and 235/40R18 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series front and 40 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Camaro’s standard 50 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the 4C is 1.3 inches wider in the front and .3 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Camaro.

Chassis

The Alfa Romeo 4C may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 850 to 1650 pounds less than the Chevrolet Camaro.

The 4C is 2 feet, 7.3 inches shorter than the Camaro, making the 4C easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

For excellent aerodynamics, the 4C has standard flush composite headlights. The Camaro has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

Ergonomics

The 4C’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Camaro’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The 4C’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Chevrolet charges extra for heated mirrors on the Camaro.

Recommendations

The 4C was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2015. The Camaro hasn’t been picked since 2013.

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