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Alfa Romeo will add 2 new models to its lineup: a Giulietta successor and a new 4C

Alfa Romeo has been working on revitalizing its product portfolio, beginning with the Giulia and the Stelvio. Other than those two, the Italian automaker also has plans on adding a larger crossover in the lineup too, but what will that be? Well, if our sources are reliable, the automaker was said to be looking into two new vehicles, namely the 4C and another model that will be the successor of the Giulietta.

Roberto Fedeli, Alfa Romeo’s chief technical officer told Auto Express, said that they will need a few other pillars, to put in the C-segment, as well as a much sportier model, for them to be able to complete the Alfa range of products.

Alfa Romeo is also considering a shortened version of the Giulietta, which will be the shortened version of the Giulia sedan’s platform, and it will likely be a rear wheel drive as well. And take note, that this is a rare territory for C-segment hatchbacks, kind of like the formula of the BMW 1 Series hatch. The thing is, Alfa and FCA will have to make sure that it is worth their time, money, and effort to re-enter that segment.

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Alfa Romeo 4C Spider added to Hagerty’s 'Hot List' of future collectible vehicles

Hagerty, one of the top insurance providers for classic vehicles as well as host to the largest network of classic car owners, has added the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider into its privileged list of future collectible vehicles. The so-called Hagerty’s Hot List is comprised of most collectible cars under $100,000 that should be purchased today because of their probable high value future.

All vehicles selected into the Hot List are determined to be capable of delivering the joy of driving today and of continuing their owner’s love of driving, thereby having the most likelihood of becoming a collectible in the future.

Alfa Romeo 4C Spider fits that depiction, thanks to its perfect blend of Italian design and handcraftsmanship as well as supercar-like performance and race-derived technologies. McKeel Hagerty, chief executive of Hagerty, remarked that while vehicles are becoming larger and more sophisticated, the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider remains extremely light and simple while offering a level of fun at par with more exotic and more expensive vehicles.

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Alfa Romeo 4C and 4C Spider get new improvements for the 2016MY

Arguably the most famous cars manufactured by Alfa Romeo and headlining the brand’s aspirations in North America, the 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C and 4C Spider come with mind-blowing additions for the New Year. The 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C and 4C Spider now offer motorsport enthusiasts a technical, mid-engine design; a feat made possible by the legendary racing history the car brand has.

Alfa Romeo is widely known for its engineering excellence in handcrafting vehicles that offer supercar output, a trait clearly visible in the 4C and 4c Spider with their essential sportiness.

What are the features added to the 2016 Alfa Romeo 4C and 4C Spider? Cutting-edge and irresistible Italian style, most technically advanced, Formula 1- inspired carbon fiber monocoque chassis which facilitates a tremendous power-to-weight ratio. But also the Latest technologies: the all-aluminium 1750 turbocharged and intercooled engine with direct-injection and dual variable-valve timing, helping achieve a supercar-level figure and the capability to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds.

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2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider starts at $65,495 in the United States

Sales will begin this August in the U.S. for the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, which has a starting price of $65,495, according to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. This hand-built convertible will be the second model from Alfa Romeo that’s launched in the U.S. after the 4C coupe that kickstarted the brand’s comeback in 2014.

The automaker’s plant in Modena, Italy, produces both the 4C coupe and 4C Spider. They will have a combined output this year of only 2,500 vehicles. Sales in North America this year of these two models are predicted to be from 800 to 1,000 units. For the 4C Spider, the following equipment is available as options: carbon fiber halo (priced at $2,750), racing exhaust package ($3,000), and carbon fiber hardtop ($3,500).

There is sure to be a shortage as Fiat Chrysler had just 30 Alfa 4C coupes in its U.S. inventory at the start of June for its 120 dealers in the country. During a preview of the 4C Spider, Alfa Romeo officials said that building a 4C takes six weeks and it only takes 17 days to sell and deliver one in the U.S. Due to the short supply, FCA has decided to delay the opening of additional dealerships in the U.S. for Alfa Romeo.

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Interested buyers in the United States would have to move fast if they want to get a hold of one of the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spiders as only 400 examples will be sold annually in North America, disclosed Reid Bigland, head of Alfa Romeo in the country.

Reidland said Alfa has no plans to expand output of the hand-built, lightweight, mid-engine coupe, which usually takes at least six week to build each. For those who were and are willing to wait to get their own Spiders, they could start receiving their units as early as summer this year.

The units are powered by a 237-hp, 1.7-liter turbocharged aluminum inline-four engine that allows the 4C Spider to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds. “Like fine art, this vehicle needs to be understood to be appreciated,” Bigland said.

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Detroit Auto Show also saw the introduction of the all-new 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, an open-top version of the well-known coupe which promises to attract even more people to the Italian brand. Just like the coupe version, the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider is powered by the all-aluminum 1750 cc turbocharged direct injection, dual intercooler four-cylinder engine that produces 237 hp and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) of torque available from 1,700 rpm.

Bolted to the Alfa TCT (twin-clutch transmission), which delivers the power to the rear wheels, the 4C Spider is able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.1 seconds, while top speed is 160 mph or 257.5 km/h. The design is not surprising at all as we’ve seen the 4C Coupe.

Still, the 4C Spider received some additional features such as sculpted air intakes on the sides, a removable and stowable cloth roof or an optional carbon fiber hardtop, redesigned headlights and a new deck lid with three heat extractors. Four new alloy wheel designs will be available with sizes ranging from 17- to 19-inches, hiding silver, black, red or yellow brake calipers.

Read the entire article Detroit Auto Show: 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider is even sexier than the coupe

As you may know already, the Alfa Romeo 4C uses an all-aluminum 1750 cc four-cylinder engine that delivers 237 hp and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque. Still, Lazzarini Design decided that the engine is not powerful enough and it replaced it with a 4.3-liter V8 engine from Ferrari, equipped with twin-turbochargers from Hennessey Performance.

The new engine delivers staggering 738 hp and 720 Nm (532 lb-ft) of torque.

Due to the impressive output delivered by the engine, the vehicle also received a new body kit that consists of a redesigned front bumper, enlarged front and rear fenders, new side sills, a big rear wing, and a new rear bumper with integrated active air diffuser and central exhaust tailpipes.

Read the entire article Alfa Romeo 4C Definitiva gets a twin-turbo Ferrari V8 engine from Lazzarini Design

According to our friends from Autoblog, the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C will start at $53,900 in the United States. Still, the $1,295 destination and handling charges will bring the price to $55,195. If you definitely want the 4C Launch Edition that was launched at the 2014 New York Auto Show, you will have to pay $69,695 (including destination) and you better hurry up as Alfa Romeo will only offer 500 units.

For those who don’t know, the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition comes with larger optional wheels that have a dark finish, a sport suspension, a sport exhaust and other upgrades.

What’s more interesting is that comparing it with the Euro-spec version, the US-spec Alfa Romeo 4C will be 342 pounds (155 kg) heavier. Apparently, a beefier carbon-fiber tub, as well as additionally US safety equipment are the reasons for the increased weight.

Read the entire article US-spec Alfa Romeo 4C will be 342 pounds heavier than European version, priced from $55,195

The Alfa Romeo 4C made its US debut last month at the 2014 New York Auto Show and will not arrive in the dealerships until June. Still, Alfa Romeo is already considering a more powerful version of the 4C as the chassis could handle more power. These words came from Alfa Romeo CEO Harald Wester, who added that the stiffness of the chassis is very high but the first adjustment would be the brakes.

For those who don’t know, the Alfa Romeo 4C carries a 1.75-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 237 hp and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque. Bolted to a paddle-shifting Alfa TCT twin-clutch gearbox that can push it from 0 to 60 mph in the mid-4 second range. Harald Wester also said that the engine delivers “only” 134 hp per liter, so there is plenty of space for more power.

The US version of the Alfa Romeo 4C also comes with plenty of tweaks and compared with the European version the standard base car in the US comes with more equipment. Apparently, European customers like the naked driving machine, while the US customers want more.

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Alfa Romeo has marked its return to North America with the unveiling of the mid-engine 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C at the New York Auto Show. As inspired by Alfa Romeo’s legendary racing history, the 2015 4C features state-of-the-art carbon fiber monocoque, all-aluminum turbocharged engine, and advanced technological solutions – perfectly combined to provide supercar-level performance and driving excitement.

The all-new 4C – which represents Alfa Romeo’s Italian style, performance and technical excellence, maximum driving pleasure and safety -- pays tribute to the brand’s great sporting tradition. Alfa Romeo used the acronyms 8C and 6C in the 1930s and 1940s to distinguished racing and road cars fitted with powerful eight and six cylinder engines.

Alfa Romeo 4C model's designation continues this tradition with the latest all-aluminum 1750 cc four-cylinder engine. The vehicle comes with a purpose-built cockpit inspired by the iconic 1967 33 Stradale. When one enters the all-new Alfa Romeo 4C, he would feel entering a world derived from motorsport in which only essential performance components are integrated.

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Eurosport Events has selected the Alfa Romeo 4C as the Safety Car of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) for the entire 2014 season. The Alfa Romeo 4C will be finished in a special livery and will be on the grid for every WTCC race during the 2014 season. It will start its duty at the Moulay El Hassan Circuit of Marrakech in Morocco on April 12 and 13.

WTCC organizers chose the Alfa Romeo 4C -- named as the “Most Beautiful Car of 2013” at the 29th International Automobile Festival of Paris – after it won a poll organized on Eurosport’s Web site network, in partnership with the International Automobile Festival (IAF). Eurosport produces and promotes the FIA WTCC through its Eurosport Events unit.

Alfa Romeo 4C is the brand's modern icon and embodies the “Alfa Romeo DNA”: performance and technical excellence for maximum driving pleasure combined with a breath-taking style. The mid-engine, rwd, two-seater super-coupé boasts of first-rate acceleration and speed that would prove to be useful as the Safety Car for the WTCC 2014 season.

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We already told you that Alfa Romeo will unveil the 4C Spider Concept at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show so don’t act surprised! Set to go in production in early 2015, the 4C Spider Concept was designed by the Alfa Romeo Style Centre and features the ultra-rigid construction and distinctive design of the coupe version.

Still, the open top version promises to bring the driving experience into even sharper focus as the sounds and sensations of the performances will fill the cabin. Just like any other spider version, the 4C Spider concept needed structural reinforcement required by safety regulations for open-top vehicles.

As a result, the 4C Spider Concept weighs slightly more than the Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe but thanks to the use of carbon fibre for the rollover bars, spoilers and windscreen frame, as well as the adoption of a lightweight canvas soft top and the replacement of the glass rear screen with a continuation of the SMC bodywork, the mechanical purity and low weight philosophy are not compromised.

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According to the latest reports from Italy, it appears that at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, Alfa Romeo will introduce the 4C Spider Concept. The new Alfa Romeo 4C Spider will feature newly designed alloy wheels, a carbon fiber rollover bar and new headlights made of plexiglas.

What’s more interesting is that the car will feature a manual removable roof, which means that you will have to hurry up if a summer rain hits you! Same media sources confirmed the fact that the rest of the car will be identical to the coupe version.

As a result, the 4C Spider Concept will use the same 1750 Turbo petrol engine that delivers 137 hp-per-liter of output and 200 Nm-per-liter of torque.

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It took the new Alfa Romeo 4C a total of 8 minutes, 4 seconds to complete one lap at the Nordschleife at the historic Nürburgring circuit in Germany last September 12. This speed breaks records among cars equipped with engines under 250 HP and comparable to very expensive cars powered by more impressive engines. The driver who set the record is journalist and Nordschleife expert Horst von Saurma.

The makers of the Alfa Romeo supercar are attempting to prove its car’s extreme performance and resilience by making it undergo numerous tests, which include the ‘Green Hell’ in Germany as well as the ‐35°in Sweden, the +40°of Abu Dhabi, the Arizona (USA) deserts, the slopes of Mt. Etna in Sicily and the Balocco test track in Italy track, where the development and testing of all Alfa Romeos have been done since 1962.

The Nordschleife has been used by car manufacturers throughout the world as a test and development track. It’s probably due to its one-of-a-kind configuration that consists of slow and fast curves and some strait stretches an undulations. As a result, it offers an excellent way to test the project’s soundness. The 'Green Hell' is the best place to test the performance features of the Alfa Romeo 4C. This car is at its finest on the track.

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Alfa Romeo’s 4C has a retail price of 53,000 euros in Italy, comparable to the prices of the potential rival cars built by Porsche and Lotus. Alfa is in the process of rolling out the 240-hp 4C throughout Europe. It will also be launched in the second quarter of 2014 as part of Alfa's comeback in the U.S. market. To those who don’t know, Alfa left the U.S. in 1995. Alfa intends to produce 3,500 units a year of the rear-drive, two-seat 4C.

The coupe will be a halo car for Alfa Romeo (Fiat's sporty brand). Alfa has not released a new product recently and offers just two products – the MiTo minicar and Giulietta compact hatchback. Industry association ACEA said that Alfa’s sales in the EU and EFTA markets dropped by 31% in the first eight months to 44,866 units.

In comparison, the 275-hp Porsche Cayman has a starting price of 55,090 euros in Italy. The Cayman is longer and heavier than the 4C. Meanwhile, the 220-hp Lotus Elise S is priced at 51,390 euros in Italy. When interviewed by Automotive News Europe, Mauro Pierallini (Fiat's European product development head) said that the 4C is more comfortable than the Elise S.

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Alfa Romeo has disclosed details of the all-new Alfa Romeo 4C, which signals the return of the brand to the world of lightweight sports coupés. Alfa Romeo opted for carbon fiber as the material for its one-piece monocoque, thanks to its high levels of structural rigidity and low weight at just 65kg. The monocoque is built using Formula 1-derived technologies, developed for Alfa Romeo for series production of up to 1,000 units per year.

To further lighten the 4C, the carmaker used SMC (Sheet Moulding Compound) -- which is lighter than both steel and aluminium -- for the bodywork and made its glass thinner by 15 percent. The Alfa Romeo 4C’s compact shape is well conveyed by its length of less than 4 meters and a wheelbase of 2.38 meters. Thanks to its dry weight of 895kg and a 40:60 front-to-rear weight distribution, the Alfa Romeo 4C could generate 1.1g of lateral acceleration and in excess of 1.2g of deceleration force. To optimize the car’s handling, Alfa Romeo secured the car’s double-wishbone front suspension directly to the monocoque, with the rear using a performance-tuned McPherson arrangement.

The car’s brakes use a patented aluminum/cast iron hybrid construction with ventilated, cross-drilled 305mm/292mm discs (F/R) clamped by Brembo callipers. Coming as standard are 17-inch front and 18-inch rear wheels, while 18/19-inch wheels with Alfa Romeo’s signature, five-hole “telephone dial” design come as optional.

Read the entire article 2014 Alfa Romeo 4C priced at £45,000 in the UK

Alfa Romeo has disclosed more technical and production information about its up and coming Alfa Romeo 4C compact supercar. The two-bucket seat Alfa Romeo 4C uses technologies and materials derived from the 8C Competizione -- carbon, aluminium, rear-wheel drive. It also uses technologies from the latest Alfa Romeo models, but were further developed to enhance the compact supercar’s sports appeal. The Alfa Romeo 4C is powered by a new 1750 Turbo Petrol engine featuring direct injection and aluminium block.

The engine is paired to a modern ALFA TCT twin dry clutch transmission and features the Alfa DNA selector with the brand-new Race mode. The production process for the Alfa Romeo 4C combines Alfa Romeo’s design roles and Maserati’s manufacturing functions with engineering and technological contribution from the best of Italian parts makers. 

Designers of the Alfa Romeo 4C focused on lightness and efficiency over greater horsepower, which would have affected the model’s purchase and maintenance costs. This makes the compact supercar to become both exclusive and achievable for Alfa Romeo fans across the world.

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Renault is relying on the Alfa Romeo's upcoming 4C to help enhance prospects for the two-seat Alpine coupé, expected to arrive at the market in 2016 with a price of about £50,000. According to Renault chief Carlos Tavares, the Dieppe-made Alpine and the Alfa (as well as the car being developed on the same chassis by its 50/50 partner Caterham) will come together to build a new, big-name, sub-supercar class of driver's cars meant to be attractive to both wealthy consumers who prefer traditional cars and younger fans of driving.

Tavares said that styling is about 70% done. Its shape merges cues from the heavily applauded A110 (featuring four round headlights, arrowhead nose, low roofline, side scoops, wide rear deck) with measurements and features that put the focus on its modernity.

He said that one of the big obstacles is getting the right balance. Tavares hasn’t divulged much about the mechanical details of the car but right before the new Alpine endurance race car debuted at Silverstone, he told Autocar that it will be a two-seat coupé with a weight of about 1000kg, priced at about £50,000 and with a capability of producing 280bhp.

Read the entire article Upcoming Renault Alpine sports car will get 280 bhp, take on Alfa 4C

Renault chief Carlos Tavares is confident that the new Alpine sports car can compete with models such as Alfa 4C and Lotus Evora during its launch. But he warned that it will be too much for the company to instantly produce a rival to the Porsche Cayman. He said that it’s too “arrogant” to claim that it will win if it goes head-to-head with Porsche.

However, he thinks that Lotus and Alfa are “realistic targets.” Tavares said, according to Autocar, that Caterham and Alpine staff are intentionally given enough freedom to independently operate to guarantee that the creation of the co-developed sports car is not hampered.

Tavares said that the projects have some commonality between the projects but that they’re intent on giving freedom to both sides to express themselves. The two cars have to stand on their own merits. However, there may be some sharing of parts. Tavares also said that the A110 design was praised since it used existing parts.

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Alfa Romeo chief executive Harald Wester, speaking during the unveiling of the two-seat 4C at the Geneva Auto Show, sees the rear-drive small sports coupe as the ideal model for the carmaker’s re-launch in North America. Alfa Romeo expects the 4C to provide it with a much-needed image boost and to signal its return to the U.S. market, which it left in 1995.

According to the carmaker, 4C could provide up to 240 hp from its 1.75-liter turbocharged direct-injection gasoline engine. Enthusiasts have been waiting for Alfa Romeo to roll out an affordable rear-drive model since the Duetto Spider, which was discontinued in 1994. Alfa Romeo said that the EUR60,000 ($78,200) price of the 4C in Europe is for a special "launch edition." According to the carmaker, it will sell the 4C in dealerships at a lower price. Alfa Romeo will commence selling the 4C in Europe in September.

Wester said that Alfa Romeo will launch the 4C in the United States after the Los Angeles auto show. Alfa initially planned to price the 4C below EUR50,000. There are speculations that the 4C would be priced between $60,000 and $80,000 in the U.S., where German two-door premium models are all cheaper. Rival models like the Audi A5, BMW 329i, Mercedes-Benz C350 and Porsche Cayman all have starting prices of between $39,000 and $44,000. If you buy this car you will definitely need a new garage door, so head over to Garaga.

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