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.
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.