Alfa Romeo Reveals New 4C

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Alfa Romeo gears up for Geneva - and for its return to North America - by releasing the long-awaited and highly-anticipated production version of the 4C concept.
Alfa Romeo is in the midst of a product offensive, with new hatchbacks, sedans, convertibles and crossovers in the works. But since its debut in concept form at the Geneva Motor Show two years ago, enthusiasts have most eagerly been awaiting the production version of the 4C. A nimble mid-engined sportscar, the 4C is set to be unveiled in its final form at the Geneva show next month, but Alfa has released initial photos and details this morning, showing a production-ready sportscar that looks remarkably faithful to the original concept.
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The design, penned by the Alfa Romeo Style Center, draws its inspiration from the classic 33 Stradale of 1967. The shape appears to have changed little from the show car, replacing the narrow side mirrors with more usable ones and, from what we can see through the windshield, ditching the split cockpit for a more conventional one, with two bucket seats. Behind the cockpit sits Alfa's flexible new all-aluminum 1.75-liter turbo four with direct-injection and variable valve timing. Output figures have yet to be released, but we're expecting around 240 horsepower driving through a six-speed dual-clutch transmission to the rear wheels in a lightweight chassis.

The whole package measures just 4 meters long, 2 meters wide, less than 1.2 meters tall and rides on a 2.4-meter wheelbase, placing it smaller than the Lotus Evora but bigger than the Elise. The chassis will be modulated through the Alfa DNA selector that includes the usual Dynamic, Normal and All Weather modes, as well as a new Race setting. As with the previous 8C Competizione, production of the 4C will be handled for Alfa Romeo by its sister-company Maserati. Also like the 8C, the new 4C is targeted to spearhead Alfa's return to the North American market. We'll believe it when we see it, but we'll be happy when we do.