Fedeli, who transferred to Alfa from Ferrari, said the manual transmission was essentially dead in high-performance Alfa Romeo, Maserati and Ferrari products. Cause of death? A lack of demand.
The ex-Ferrari man used the example of the first-generation (modern) Ferrari California to illustrate his point. After pouring €10 million ($15,678,600) into developing a manual transmission, just two (yep, 2) were sold to customers.
When it lands in 2019 – likely after a 2018 unveil – the revised 4C will be targeted at the Alpine A110. Although achingly pretty, the original 4C was widely criticised for its skittish steering and awkward road manners.
It will be interesting to see if Alfa stands by the original decision to fit unassisted steering, or if the new car will instead have a hydraulic (or electric...) rack.