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Fiat-Chrysler unveils sexy sports car Alfa Romeo 4C (sports car pictures and specs)

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  1. Herbie

    Herbie Regolare

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    Fiat-Chrysler unveils sexy sports car Alfa Romeo 4C (sports car pictures and specs)

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    The Alfa Romeo 4C will debut at the International Motor Show in Geneva next month. (Fiat-Chrysler)

    February 13, 2013 at 1:00 am

    The Fiat-Chrysler group on Tuesday unveiled the production version of the all-new Alfa Romeo 4C — a sexy sports car that will spearhead the brand's return to the United States later this year.
    "This is the car that will herald the return of the brand to the North American market," Fiat SpA spokesman Richard Gadeselli told The Detroit News. "It is a halo car. It will be followed by a complete range of vehicles."

    But not all dealers will be getting one. Although Alfa Romeo pulled out of the U.S. market in 1995, echoes of its past greatness have continued to reverberate among automotive aficionados. Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne was quick to appreciate Alfa's profit potential and made the return of the iconic Italian brand a central part of his North American strategy after taking over a bankrupt Chrysler Group LLC in 2009.
    The promise of future Alfa Romeos was the bait Marchionne used to convince some 200 Chrysler dealers to build standalone Fiat "studios."
    The first Alfas were supposed to arrive last year, but economic problems in Europe have delayed the planned reboot of Alfa Romeo until next month, when the 4C makes its debut at the International Motor Show in Geneva.

    The curvaceous rear-wheel drive, mid-engine coupe will be powered by a new four-cylinder 1750 Turbo Petrol all-aluminum engine mated to Alfa's TCT twin-clutch automatic transmission. The new engine features direct fuel injection, dual continuous variable valve timing, a turbocharger and "a revolutionary scavenging control system that gets rid of any turbo lag," the company promises. Alfa is keeping mum on the performance figures but promises a weight-to-power ratio of less than 9 pounds per horse thanks to an all-carbon fiber chassis.

    Jim Hall of 2953 Analytics LLP said the new Alfa will compete with the Lotus Elise but be "much, much better."

    The design of the Alfa Romeo 4C hews closely to the concept car, which was unveiled to critical acclaim at the Geneva show in 2011 and won numerous design awards in Europe. Its designers were inspired by the 33 Stradale and other legendary Alfas. But the company says the carbon fiber interior will be a major step up from current offerings.
    Pricing has not yet been released, but Hall said it will likely cost $60,000 or more when it arrives in U.S. showrooms in the fourth quarter.
    "It's expensive because of its carbon-fiber structure, but it's the car Alfa needs," he said. "The idea is to use the 4C to relaunch the brand. You end with up with a high-performance sports car that's an image maker, and then you follow you up with higher-volume products."
    But with only 1,500 Alfa Romeo 4Cs scheduled to be produced this year — and only half that figure earmarked for the United States — not every Fiat dealer will be getting one.
    While Gadeselli said every Fiat dealer will ultimately "be offered an opportunity to take on an Alfa franchise," the company has said the first 4Cs will go to those with the highest volumes and customer satisfaction ratings.
    Andrew Shaver, who owns a Fiat franchise in Sherman Oaks, Calif., just north of Los Angeles, hopes to be one of them.
    "Having Alfa would unlock the true value of the franchise," he said. "I do think Alfa Romeo would do well in a market like southern California."
    Other vehicles that will follow the 4C include a new Alfa Romeo roadster based on the next-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata and a crossover based on a Chrysler platform.
    "Alfa has a market opportunity to go where Audi used to be before it moved into first-tier luxury," Hall said.
    "But Alfas need to be unlike anything else in the segment that they're in. They're going to have to offer the most performance for the money."

    SOURCE : Fiat-Chrysler unveils sexy sports car Alfa Romeo 4C | The Detroit News | detroitnews.com
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2013
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  2. raj29

    raj29 Superiore

    It looks like the design inspirations are taken from the ferrari :)
  3. gurjinder

    gurjinder Staff Member Janitor

    Seems like a baby 8C - a car which was universally acclaimed by all motor journalists. Even Jeremy Clarkson was in love with it.

    This is the 8C :

  4. zenwalker

    zenwalker Esperto

    It looks very small or toyish though beautiful in design and matches Ferrari.
  5. Beautiful Lil Angel. But the lights cud have been done better
  6. mathuranuj

    mathuranuj Amatore

    Wow, Awesome looking car... Love the curves...
  7. Beautiful Lil Angel. But the lights cud have been done better
  8. Herbie

    Herbie Regolare

    Grande Punto 1.4

    U.S.-bound Alfa Romeo, supercars debut at Geneva show
    March 6, 2013 at 1:00 am

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    Fiat's Alfa Romeo division staged the world debut of its 4C two-seat sports car, upon which the company will base it return to various markets including the U.S.
    "This car is a turning point for one of the world's best known and loved brands," said Alfa CEO Harald Wester. At $80,000, the Alfa 4C will compete in the premium segment here, butting heads with models such as the Porsche Cayman. Though it produces a relatively modest 240-horsepower from a 1750cc four-cylinder engine, the 4C is unusually lightweight at under 2000 pounds, so its performance is impressive: 0-60mph in 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 155 miles per hour.

    The 4C will make its U.S. debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show this November. Alfa says the first cars will be in American customers' hands by the end of the year.

    SOURCE : U.S.-bound Alfa Romeo, supercars debut at Geneva show | The Detroit News | detroitnews.com
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2013
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  9. zenwalker

    zenwalker Esperto

    The alloys of this 4c is awesome along with the babe ;)
  10. fiatlover

    fiatlover Esperto

    Grande Punto 1.4
    I dont think you can get babe with alloys (pun intended) :D
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