Although the Giulia is said to be the first Alfa is over 15 years to be sold in the American market once again, but Alfa has recently announced that the 4C Concept, which was first unveiled months ago at the recent Geneva International Auto Show, is going to be put into production later in the year as 2012 models.
The Alfa Romeo 4C is an entirely new car by Fiat-Owned Alfa Romeo, slightly smaller than the Alfa Romeo MiTo supermini, as this car can be seen as the baby 8C, but Alfa isn’t planning on having the 4C to be limited production. The 4C is a two seater roadster that weights just under 1,900 lbs, thanks to some advance body making, as the body is a carbon fibre tub, with a hybrid of carbon fibre and aluminum in the rear frame, also the crash box uses the same material.
The 4C is said to have the same straight 4, 1.75L engine that is in the current Giulietta, but only to produce about 200 hp, instead the 232 hp that you do get in the Giulietta. The 4C can sprint 0-60 mph in about 4.5 seconds with a limited top speed of 155 mph.
Some other features of the 4C were first seen in the MiTo, such as the DNA control system and the new TCT Dual Dry Gearbox. The DNA system controls how the engine, brakes, gearbox, steering, and suspension, depending on what setting the system is set at, such as Dynamic Mode, Normal Mode, and All-Weather Mode.
The name 4C is very similar to why the 8C had it’s name, the 4C means that it’s has a centrally located, four cylinder engine, as the 8C has a centrally located, eight cylinder engine. Many have believed that the “C” could also stand for the carbon fiber body, or for the meaning that the car is a coupe, and the “4” could also mean that the car is 4 meters long.
Production will start at the end of this year, as 2012 models, with sales and pre-orders starting soon after, other information about prices and market range is to be released in the coming months.