Let’s greet this new year by looking forward to the next one. In a world dominated by what’s next, I’d like to take a moment and look into the future. Yes, it’s day one of 2014, and already 2015 sounds just lovely.
Maybe that’s because the 2014 model year cars have been out for 6 months or so, and the number feels stale already. The year 2015 feels fresh and exciting and holds the promise of greatness. Most of that promised greatness comes in the form of one car. One stunningly beautiful, fast, wildly anticipated car that makes me and countless others want to fly right by 2014 and welcome 2015.
And no, it’s not the new Mustang.
It’s the Alfa Romeo 4C.
Technically the 4C already exists. The baby supercar has been in production since 2013, but only in limited numbers throughout the world. It’s not nearly as expensive as a Ferrari, but much more exclusive at the moment. The promise of an Alfa Romeo return to America has tempted us Yankees for what feels like eons already, and now word is that we’ll see the 4C in America midway through 2014. Judging from past promises, my money is on 2015, hence the anticipation.
Why the infatuation with the 4C?
Because a car this sexy typically isn’t attainable. Not that this Alfa is as affordable as your nearest Honda, not by any means, but it’s reachable in an I-can-do-this-if-I-just-reorganize-a-few-priorities kind of way. Sure, one of those priorities might be the kids’ college education, but that’s probably worth it just for those looks alone.
But this car is so much more than a sexy body. A turbocharged and direct-injected 1.7-liter 4-cylinder with 237 wild horses drives the rear wheels, all at a price that should start at around $54,000. The bad news, of course, is that Alfa will only produce about 3,500 per year.
2014, I love you, but 2015, please hurry and get here!
Alfa Romeo 4C: Would you buy one?