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Alfa Romeo 4C Goes Silver, Production Starts in 2013

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On: Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 10:08AM | By: Chris Weiss

Alfa Romeo 4C Goes Silver, Production Starts in 2013

After the Alfa Romeo 4C debuted in that captivating candy apple color in Geneva, I would have thought there's no way they could match that beauty. Especially not with a color as plain as silver. But the "fluid metal" 4C that showed up at the Frankfurt Motor Show actually gives the Geneva version a run for its hotness money. I still prefer the red, but this one is a close second.

While it guarantees to be the sexiest car on the road at the time, the 4C isn't an all-out flagship like the 8C Competizione was. It's positioned more as an attainable, entry level sports car to compete with cars like the Porsche Cayman and Lotus Elise.

At first glance, its spec sheet seems entirely underwhelming for a car of its aesthetic caliber—a 200-hp 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine just doesn't complement that curvy, sporty exterior. Or at least it wouldn't, if this car didn't weigh less than 1,800 lbs. Though it may gain a little weight in production, it currently promises 155 mph top speed and a 0 to 62 mph under five seconds.

If that's not quite powerful enough for you, hold out; Maserati may build its own coupe based on the 4C.

According to Automotive News, Alfa used the Frankfurt show to confirm that the production 4C will go on sale in 2013, and the model is likely to be the first Alfa on sale in the U.S. when Alfa finally makes its return to the market. Rumor has it that the car will be priced at around 45,000 euros in Europe ($62,500). Alfa plans to build up to 20,000 4C models over the course of five years, and will also offer a 4C convertible under its high-performance Abarth brand.

Last month, an Auto News report indicated that Alfa might get the 4C to the States by late 2012, but it looks like it'll take a little longer.


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