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 |  Feb 02 2011, 7:30 AM

Alfa Romeo will introduce a new flagship performance car – but at a more affordable price. We say ‘more affordable’ because the previous top model from Alfa, the 8C, cost over 200,000 Euros. Called the 4C GTA, it’s expected to head into production in 2012 and arrive at dealers priced at a more reasonable 40,000 Euros ($55,000).

The car will follow after classic models like the Duetto Spider (which inspired the above concept car) and be based on a modified version of the KTM X-Bow chassis. Thanks to that light-weight frame, Alfa is looking to keep weight to just 1,784 lbs (a solid 200 lbs lighter than a Lotus Elise). Here we should point out that GTA, stands for Gran Turismo Alleggerita, which is Italian for Lightened Grand Touring.

Power for this feather weight will come from a direct-injection 1.8-liter 4-cylinder making 250-hp.
Planned for a debut (in concept form) at the Geneva Auto Show in just a month’s time, the car may be delayed. Still, Alfa is targeting a 2012 production date in order to help build brand awareness when some other volume models (including a crossover based on the Jeep Compass) begin to hit dealers.
Alfa hasn’t said as much, but there’s a solid chance this sports car could arrive in America as a part of a larger plan to grow the Fiat and Alfa Romeo brands here.

[Source: Automotive News Europe]

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