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Alfa Romeo Unveils Sexy, U.S.-Bound 4C Coupe

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On: Thu, Mar 3, 2011 at 4:15PM | By: Chris Weiss

Alfa Romeo Unveils Sexy, U.S.-Bound 4C Coupe

Alfa Romeo has debuted its 4C sports coupe at the Geneva Motor Show. While it's in concept form at the show, the Italian firm has detailed plans to produce the car beginning late next year. Joining that good news is even better news: the car will be among those Alfas getting exported to the United States. So, interstate highways and byways will soon have a little bit more curvy Alfa flair.

The 4C is powered by a mid-mounted, direct-injected, 1.8-liter turbo four that will put out more than 200 horses. The engine is mated to a TCT twin-clutch automatic gearbox and powers the rear wheels.

While the 200-hp four-cylinder is a far cry from the 8C's 450-hp V8 engine, considering that the 4C weighs under 2,000 pounds, its enough to ensure a quick, thrilling ride. With an aluminum chassis, compact, 157-inch length, and carbon fiber body, the 4C has a curb weight of just 1,875 lbs—that's more than 200 lbs. less than the Lotus Exige S. And that means it'll hit 60 mph in under 5 seconds and top out at 155 mph. Not bad for the $55,000 rumored price tag.

But let's face it: Alfas are about Italian styling more than they are about top-end performing. And the 4C delivers in spades. More than just the more sensible baby brother of the always-fashionable 8C Competizione, the 4C is a hot ride in and of itself. It reminds me of a compacted 8C rolled up into an even smoother, more muscular Lotus two-seater package. Its design pulls influence from classic Alfas of years gone by, including the 33 Stradale and the 8C. Between the stunning color, the wraparound windows and powerful rearward stance, I can't take my eyes off the thing.

Word is that after production begins on the 4C hard-top, Alfa will be looking to add a convertible to the line.

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