Alfa Romeo has released the first official photos and info on the mid-engine rear-drive 4C, which will make its first public appearance the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.
Power comes from the brand’s four-cylinder 1.7-liter turbo engine, said to make 237 hp, mated to Alfa’s TCT twin clutch automatic transmission. The Italian brand says that it has achieved its goal of keeping the power to weight ratio below 8 lbs. per horsepower, suggesting that the gross vehicle weight will be less than 2,200 lbs.
The cockpit of the car is made of carbon fiber, while two aluminium sub-frames are tacked on to house the engine and suspension, as well as provide a crumple zone.
A new “Race” mode has been added to the 4C to enhance the car’s track abilities, accompanying Dynamic, Natural and All Weather mode options. The car is also equipped with paddle shifters.
Alfa will build 2,500 4C’s a year, 1,000 of which will come stateside. The car will be on sale here before the end of 2013n and will spearhead the Italian brand’s return to the United States. The car is rumored to cost around 60,000 Euros, which translates roughly to $80,554.
The car will be built by Maserati at its plant in Modena.
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