In case Alfa Romeo decides to be present once again on the U.S. market, the Italian carmaker’s new exciting model is going to be the 4C sports car, which can be seen here virtually free from all disguise. Set to be launched in production from 2013, probably during next year’s Geneva Auto Show, the Alfa Romeo 4C is expected to be a reasonably priced halo car. Compared to the 8C Competizione supercar with an almost prohibitive price of over $200,000 per unit, the 4C will most probably costs somewhere between $55,000 and $65,000. This forecasted price range is a genuine accomplishment as we are talking about a brand new platform with more than generous use of various lightweight body parts, including carbon fiber and aluminum.
The Alfa Romeo project involving the 4C model is entirely independent from the current partnership with Mazda to come up with the most recent generation of MX-5 Spyder and Miata. The two future two-seat convertible sports cars will feature front mounted engines and will be significantly cheaper models. Also, it is quite plausible for certain technology implemented in the 4C, including the use of lightweight components, to be incorporated into the Spyder and Miata. However, the projected target of the 4C is such exclusive vehicles as the BMW Z4 or Porsche Boxter.
From Concept Car to Production Model
It seems that the conversion from concept car to actual production car is basically picture perfect as the presented black concept car is pretty much the same as the 4C prototype launched back in 2011. Still, these photos reveal a more forceful test model, mainly because of the apparently bigger side air intakes and more powerful front part. As you would normally expect from an agile Alfa Romeo sports car, the model will be available with 2-seats and most probably in convertible and coupe versions as well. The main structure of the vehicle consists of carbon fiber tub, developed in partnership with IndyCar chassis manufacturer, Dallara. At the launch of the 4C concept car, the Italian car manufacturer implied that it would be affordable and simple for mass production, projecting annual sales of 1,500 units.
The 4C is powered by a turbocharged 1.7 liter inline 4 engine, well known from numerous different Alfa Romeo vehicles. With an estimated output of about 235 bhp the 6 speed dual clutch automatic transmission system will transmit the power to the rear wheels. The 4C Concept car weighed a scant 1,850 lbs while the targeted total weight is below 2,000 lbs. That is anything but simple objective, especially if we think of the roughly 2,400 lbs weight of the small MX-5 Miata sportscar. Additionally, Alfa Romeo faces an even more ambitious challenge, which is to keep its promise to put up cars for sale on the U.S. market. However, we are all confident that the 4c convertible and coupe will be successful enough for the much awaited return of Alfa Romeo in the U.S.