When the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione hit the U.S. (in extremely limited numbers), there was hope that the long-lost Italian brand would finally ride valiantly back into the American mainstream with a long list of fun and sporty automobiles.
That hasn’t happened. In fact, the only new Italian we’ve been introduced to lately is the FIAT 500.
Get ready to rejoice, though, because the sumptuous and sexy Alfa Romeo 4C appears ready to drive off the boat about six months of ahead of schedule, probably leading the parade in a line of America-bound Alfas.
The 4C concept debuted at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show with a rear-wheel-drive, midengine layout. Powering the sports car is a 1.7-liter, direct-injected turbo 4-cylinder making as much as 296 hp. In production form, it should be good for a sub-5-second 0-to-60-mph time, thanks to a claimed curb weight of around 1,870 pounds.
The low weight comes courtesy of extensive use of carbon fiber throughout the vehicle. In fact, the entire body is made of the material. Surely that translates to a sky-high price, right? Well, yeah, probably. While there’s no official word, some estimates put the 4C in the Porsche Cayman league, which is between $50K and $60K. Not bad, I suppose, for what many in the U.S. will consider an “exotic.”
Some rumors say there will be just 20,000 of the cars produced worldwide, with another 10,000 Spyder versions to follow.
The Alfa Romeo 4C had been scheduled to debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, but now appears set to make a Summer 2013 bow in the U.S., a full six months early.
While none of this is official, and everything from the timing of the debut to the engine specs to the actual U.S. arrival of the 4C is still up in the air, the signs are good that Alfa’s return is imminent.
Would the Alfa Romeo 4C be enough to get you interested in the brand?