Alfa Romeo's new halo model will be produced by Fiat Group's luxury sports car brand Maserati. The car is a rear-wheel-drive coupe dubbed the 4C. Last Thursday, Fiat said that Maserati will produce a new vehicle for Alfa in Modena, Italy, beginning in May 2013. It is anticipated to have an annual output of up to 2,500 units. Fiat didn’t identify the car but according to sources who spoke with Automotive News Europe, this model would be the 4C. It’s likely that the 4C would be the first car that Alfa will sell in the U.S. when the brand relaunches in the market in mid-2013.
Insiders said that in Europe, the Alfa 4C will have a price tag of around 50,000 euros ($66,000). No pricing details for the U.S. market have been released yet. The loyal fans of Alfa have long waited for affordable rear-drive model to return. The Duetto Spider was discontinued in 1994. Alfa's 8C Competizione, which was in production from 2007 to 2008, was much too costly for a majority of Alfa buyers.
The spider version of the 8C can be priced at up to 213,000 euros. The 4C was introduced as a concept at the 2011 Geneva auto show. The two-seater gets a central engine and has a length of about 4 meters and comes with a 2.4-meter wheelbase. Powering it is a new aluminum 4-cylinder 1.8-liter turbocharged direct- injection engine. Alfa intends to make the 4C the lightest that it could at about 850 kg.
At this weight, the 4C would carry an excellent power-to-weight ratio below 4.0kg/hp. Maserati produced the 8C Competizione coupe for Alfa from 2007 to 2010. Fiat selected Maserati to produce the 8C since Alfa isn’t an expert in building low volume, hand-built models. Sources said that Alfa was chosen to build the 4C for this same reason.