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Men toy in comparison, the Alfa 4C drifts against Lotus Elise and Toyota GT 86 Which driving machine makes at the end of the most fun?

Manner it have also not always easy. Since you have just the driver’s license made ​​- to realize that your auto dreams are about as big as the hole in your wallet. And later, when the career is finally agrees and the coal, you have more to think about than case-Displacement with regard to little ones. Sound familiar? Then let us just even dream for a little while. Not by expecting a Touran or Zafira, but “what if” game.

Fanfare, drumroll – as it stands, the new 4C. A Alfa Romeo , as we wished it to us long.Light as a feather, to die for beautiful. And not virtually guaranteed. From the Treasure Chest of its 104-year history, the Italians have created the perfect Playmobil. This happiness hormone on wheels , we present the Lotus Elise and the Toyota GT86 to the side. Also, they do not give a damn about utility or the next family shopping. You just want fun making. At least with Alfa and Lotus is either way not to think about everyday. The space of two mid-engined sports car is enough grade for two times not too tall passengers plus a bit of luggage. The Toyota gives himself there a little more pragmatic, even has a rear seat, which is good at least as a luggage rack. And in addition a trunk that carries with a volume of nearly 250 liters at least up to its name. Remarkable, though, how easily the three crackers behave in daily journeys.

In everyday use, the Elise fails not necessarily

Although the Alfa does with his four-cylinder acoustically on race cars – to then yet so uncomplainingly classified as an x-any golf in the daily traffic jam to work. Even Lotus has domesticated the Elise. Clutch and gearbox can be metered so well that you can even reverse to park on the mountain, without stalling the load each time. The Toyota goes for a Japanese delightfully uncouth and bony, in comparison it is nevertheless something like the VW Golf amongst the sports car : balanced, quiet, solid. Gift. Finally, we are here to dream. And where are true men’s dreams? So disabled driving aids and let fly a try. Time not thinking about CO2 and pulverize with magnificent drifts the rubber of the rear tire. Where this is the Alfa easier written than done. For the 4C is a typical Italian, relies more on the beautiful appearance as real values. The amazingly deaf (although servo free) Steering is imprecise, the driving behavior despite weight distribution of 39:61 frightening understeer.

Only by force you force the beautiful Romeo into a controlled drift. Not really funny – but fast. With a lap time of 1: 36.88 minutes in any case he is on the 3800 Mete dry handling course of the fastest gun in comparison. However, he takes the Elise only about seven tenths off, despite 20 hp more power. No wonder, the Lotus boss is in the ring when it comes to driving pleasure goes.

The GT86 is more coupe than sports car

Steering response is sharp as a knife to the slightest movement, the suspension is so hard that you notice when driving a dump, what brand it was just. For the flat track that’s perfect. Without side angle and the neutral Lotus goes around the corner, on loan from Toyota four-cylinder behind the driver schnippst the light load to the next curve. In short: On the race track, the Elise does not wrap the curls. Despite or because of their age. Since 1996 on the market and over the years matured into thoroughbred racing bride. Playmate GT86 can not quite so carefree let out the sow. For he is more than coupe sports car. And indeed he leans noticeably in turns and struggles, despite the weak torque of 205 Newton meters at 6400 rpm adventurous to grip. All the time the tail is in motion, without ESP is the load across all the time. Highly entertaining, but unfortunately slow. At the end of the stopwatch stops at 1:44:10 minutes – an eternity behind Alfa and Lotus. Who counted in seconds, the GT86 has probably deleted from his wish list. All others should be assured: The guy has character.

What to buy? The best all. Toyota, for each day the lotus for the sunny hours on the highway and the Alfa to the show running. Men Come on girls!

Vehicle data Alfa Romeo Lotus Toyota
Motor Four-cylinder, turbo Four cylinder, air compressor Four-cylinder boxer
Mounting position Across the center Across the center forward along
Valves / camshafts 4 per cylinder / 2 4 per cylinder / 2 4 per cylinder / 4
Camshaft drive Timing Chain Chain
Capacity 1742 cc 1798 cc 1998 cc
kW (hp) at 1/min 177 (240) / 6000 162 (220) / 6800 147 (200) / 7000
Nm at 1/min 350/2200 250/4600 205/6400
Vmax 258 km / h 234 km / h 226 km / h
Transmission Six-speed dual-clutch transmission Six-speed manual Six-speed manual
Drive Rear-wheel drive Rear-wheel drive Rear-wheel drive
Brakes, front / rear Discs / discs Discs / discs Discs / discs
Test car tires v. 205/40 R 18 – h 235/35 R 19 Y v. 175/55 R 16 – h 225/45 R 17 W 215/45 R 17 W
Tyre Type Pirelli P Zero Yokohama Advan Neova AD07 LTS Michelin Primacy HP
Wheel Size v. 7 x 18” / h 8.5 x 19” v. 6 x 16” / h 8 x 17” 7 x 17”
Exhaust CO2 157 g / km 175 g / km 181 g / km
Consumption * 9,8 / 5,0 / 6,8 l 10,3 / 5,9 / 7,5 l 10.4 / 6.4 / 7.8 l
Tank 40 l / Super 40 l / Super Plus 50 l / Super Plus
Refrigerant R1234yf R134a R134a
Pass-by noise 71 dB (A) 75 dB (A) 73 dB (A)
Trailer load sh. / Ungebr. no no no
Boot volume 110 l 110 l 243 l
Length / width / height 3990/1868-2090 ** / 1184 mm 3824/1719-1850 ** / 1117 mm 4240/1775-1975 ** / 1285 mm
Test car price 54,500 € 45 580 EUR 30.450 EUR
* City / highway / total to 100 km; ** Width with exterior mirrors

Readings Alfa Romeo Lotus Toyota
0-50 km / h 1.8 s 1.7 s 2.8 s
0-100 km / h 4.7 s 5.0 s 7.5 s
0-160 km / h 10.9 s 12.1 s 17.3 s
60-100 km / h 3.7 / 6.1 s (4th / 5th gear) 5.9 / 7.8 s (4th / 5th gear) 6.9 / 8.1 s (4th / 5th gear)
80-120 km / h 5.0 / 7.5 s (5/6 gear) 7.7 / 10.3 s (5/6 gear) 9.0 / 12.4 s (5/6 gear)
Kerb weight / payload 1016/159 kg 920/235 kg 1235/435 kg
Weight distribution v. / h 39/61% 38/62% 56/44%
Turning circle left / right 11.0 / 11.6 m 11.5 / 11.3 m 11.3 / 11.4 m
Braking distance
from 100 km / h cold 35.0 m 35.4 m 37.9 m
from 100 km / h hot 33.9 m 34.7 m 38.1 m
Interior noise
at 50 km / h 75 dB (A) 69 dB (A) 63 dB (A)
at 100 km / h 77 dB (A) 76 dB (A) 70 dB (A)
at 130 km / h 83 dB (A) 84 dB (A) 73 dB (A)
Test consumption – CO2 8.6 l/100 km – 203 g / km 7.6 l/100 km – 180 g / km 8.4 l/100 km – 199 g / km
Range 460 km 520 km 590 km


Although the uncompromising Lotus at the end wins the Sport Rating: Each character actor is worth a sin – it depends on the use to. The Alfa is to fall in love with beautiful and gorgeous loud, the Toyota uncrowned king drift – and comparatively cheap.