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Maserati To Spin Off Alfa 4 C

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On: Tue, May 31, 2011 at 2:23PM | By: Chris Weiss

Maserati To Spin Off Alfa 4 C

The small, sexy Alfa Romeo 4C that was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show was apparently so striking that it made siblings over at Fiat jealous. Because Maserati reportedly wants a 4C of its own. Rumors are pointing to a possible Maserati spin-off based on the delicious, cherry-red, two-seat roadster platform of the 4C. A more powerful, tridented 4C? Sounds like a win-win.

Being that the 4C is brand new and under development by Alfa itself, it remains to be seen how Maserati will go about distinguishing its version of the mid-engined two-seater enough to avoid making it redundant. But the idea of two small, agile, super-quick Italian two-seaters is definitely an attractive one from our standpoint.

For its part, Alfa has already given the 4C the production green light. Of equal importance, it's confirmed the car for the U.S. market.

In its Geneva clothes, the 4C combined power from a 200-hp 1.75-liter turbo four with an ultra light, spry build that came in just over 1,800 lbs. Parts included an aluminum chassis and carbon fiber body. That's a combination that just screams "Light, quick, fun, and efficient. Get your ass in here and give me a try." Alfa's figures point to a sub-5-second 0-to-60 mph and a 155 mph top speed.

The Alfa Romeo 4C will be among the initial wave of Alfas that mark the return to the U.S. market, expected to begin in 2013. We're hoping it doesn't change that much from concept to production, though it's expected to lose some of the more expensive parts like the carbon-fiber body panels, in order to keep price down.


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