Alfa Romeo 4C spied

30 Jan, 2013 7:11pm Tom Phillips

The production-ready Alfa Romeo 4C has been spied ahead of its Geneva Motor Show debut

The Alfa Romeo 4C made its debut as a concept car at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. The production-ready 4C, spied here, will be shown at this year’s Geneva event, before going on sale in Europe in May. The car will also be marketed in the US, heralding the reintroduction of the Alfa Romeo brand to America in 2014.

The production version of the Alfa 4C is expected to retain the svelte looks of the concept car, which measured just less than four metres long, but still had a 2.4-metre-long wheelbase, pushing the wheels out to the corners of the car.

The 4C’s curvy body is inspired by the look of the larger 8C supercar. But while the 4C concept and 8C had carbon-fibre bodywork, the production 4C is likely to use a mix of carbon and aluminium for both its body and chassis construction to keep the price down.

The 4C shares similar dimensions to the Lotus Elise S, but while the 4C concept weighed 850kg, the production model is likely to weigh in at around 1,000kg – slightly more than the Elise’s 924kg.

However, the power output of the 1.75-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine is also set to increase from the 200bhp of the concept to closer to 300bhp for production, while the twin-clutch TCT gearbox will remain in the production car.

As a result, performance is expected to be impressive, with a 0-62mph time of under five seconds and a top speed of 155mph on the cards.

The Alfa Romeo 4C will be built at Maserati’s Modena factory at the rate of around 2,500 cars per year. It will be more powerful and more luxurious than the Lotus, which is priced from £37,150.

The 4C is expected to cost from around £45,000, while a plusher, more powerful and more expensive Maserati sister car is also expected.