Alfa Romeo reveals 4C in advance of Geneva debut

Mid-engined 4C sports car will lead Alfa Romeo's re-entry into the North American market

Published: February 13, 2013, 11:00 AM
Updated: November 22, 2021, 4:01 PM

Alfa Romeo 4C

Alfa Romeo's long-awaited return to the-North American market will be spearheaded by an all-new, mid-engined sports car called the 4C, based on a concept car by the same name introduced at Geneva in 2011.

The company says the 4C incorporates experience gained with the spectacular Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione model.

The 4C will be produced in the Maserati plant in Modena and it will be available for purchase in 2013, marking the return of the Italian brand to the United States. No word yet on plans for Canada.

Less than 4 metres in length, with a wheelbase of less than 2400 mm, the 4C will be smaller than a Lotus Evora, closer to a Lotus Elise in size.

It will be powered by a new, 1.75-litre, turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine, driving the rear wheels through an Alfa TCT twin clutch automatic transmission.

The engine will feature direct-injection, Fiat’s MultiAir variable valve timing system and a new "scavenging" system that is said to reduce turbo lag.

Power ratings have yet to be released but the car is said to have a power-to-weight ratio of more than 4 horsepower/ kilogram (8.8 hp/lb).

The final version of the Alfa Romeo 4C will makes its debut at the 83rd International Motor Show in Geneva on March 5. We'll have more details then.