Production version of Alfa Romeo 4C coming earlier than expected

Article by Christian A., on June 11, 2012

The public will be able to view the production version of the Alfa Romeo 4C next summer instead of at the January 2014 Detroit show, the original plan. Sources say that development of the 159-replacing Giulia saloon is on target and that there will be two production sites in the world, suggesting that there will be assembly plants in North America and in Europe.

Alfa Romeo is being relaunched in North America and is relying on the 850kg, carbonfibre-bodied 4C and Giulia to raise its chances of success, according to Autocar. The halo car for the brand is the 4C sports car. Insiders also said that the 4C’s new 296bhp turbocharged 1750cc engine is meant to be used in other models in the Fiat Group.

The new Spider is where the aluminium-block engine will initially be used. The automaker confirmed that the Spider will be released in 2015. This engine will soon be used in the Dodge, Chrysler/Lancia and Jeep models but it will be in a lower tuning level in order to increase economies of scale. According to Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne’s statement last week, he believes that this Alfa engine would be a good fit for a high-performance SRT version of the new Dodge Dart saloon.

Alfa Romeo’s use of 'Just drive' for the 4C brings to mind the authentic sensations that only Alfa Romeo can give. The new mark that will go with the communication of the Alfa Romeo models begins with the introduction of the Alfa Romeo 4C, the small thoroughbred auto that denotes the arrival of the brand to the world of lightweight sports roadsters.

Exemplary performance, one of a kind handling, extraordinary aerodynamics and a design that takes up the unique components of the Alfa Romeo tradition – these in a nutshell describe the new Alfa Romeo 4C. This car comes without compromise and entices drivers to take to the street or track to feel the excitement of driving it.

Alfa Romeo 4C is light weight and durable, a model where everything has been intended to contribute to ultimate driving pleasure. That same fundamental factor molded its design. It communicates a "natural beauty" that comes from an immaculate mix of form and function. Its design and size promptly bring one of the prettiest cars ever to mind, the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale. Like the amazing 33 Stradale, the 4C is intended to meet ultimate mechanical and useful necessities. Its exterior aerodynamically 'covers' the motor and chassis with essential and neat surfaces.

Outlined by Alfa Romeo engineers and made in Modena at the Maserati plant, this enthralling car with two racing bucket seats utilizes materials and design solutions like aluminum, carbon, and back wheel drive based on the 8C Competizione alongside innovations from Alfa Romeo's most recent models. These have been overhauled to amplify the new auto's athletic appearance.

Evidence of that lies in the new 1750 Turbo Petrol with direct injection and aluminum block, the elegant latest-generation "Alfa TCT" dry twin clutch automatic transmission and the Alfa DNA driving mode option with the all-new Race mode.

A length of around 4 meters and a wheelbase of under 2.4 meters highlight the auto's compact size while complementing its agility as well. The dynamic characteristics of the Alfa Romeo 4C are affirmed by a power to weight ratio of under 4 kg/HP. This value deserves a title of 'supercar'.

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