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Alfa Romeo To Introduce Small, Sporty "4C GTA" in Geneva

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On: Mon, Feb 7, 2011 at 8:07PM | By: Chris Weiss

Alfa Romeo To Introduce Small, Sporty "4C GTA" in Geneva

The 450-hp 8C Competizione was a truly beautiful, exotic car. But with a limited, 500-model production, it didn't exactly help keep Alfa's head above water during its production run in 2007/2008. Alfa wasn't earning a profit then and it's not earning a profit now. And in the midst of constant sale rumors, the Italian automaker needs a new game plan.

Rumors indicate that part of Alfa's new game plan will look a lot like the 8C, only smaller and much less expensive. The Italian marquee is reportedly planning on bringing a 4C GTA concept to the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.

The new car will be designed to help boost Alfa's image and attract people to its showrooms at a time when Fiat is intent upon boosting the brand's sales numbers.

The new car will be a mid-engined, RWD two-seater with a smaller but still sporty build. News reports indicate that Alfa is calling the car the "baby 8C" internally, something that certainly bodes well.

Power is expected to come from an upgraded, 250+ -hp version of the 1.8-liter inline-four from the Giulietta. And those horses will be working in a car that weighs just 1784 pounds thanks to extensive use of carbon fiber and aluminum--so expect the drive to be quick and sporty.

Early indications are that Alfa plans to produce around 5,000 4Cs a year beginning next year.The 4C is expected to cost a fraction of its big brother, with 40,000-euro ($55K) price tag being floated around. It's not clear, however, if the 4C is being planned as part of Alfa's U.S. return.

Unfortunately, it's not certain that Alfa will debut the car next month. According to news sources citing conversations with Alfa spokespersons, delays in building the concept model may prevent Alfa from getting it done in time for the Geneva show, which is now just three weeks away. So we may have to wait until later this year. But from the sounds of it, the 4C will be worth the wait.

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RoadKill | 8:10PM (Mon, Feb 7, 2011)

Best Alfa I have seen ...I hope they actually do it

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