Maserati eyes Alfa Romeo 4C

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20 Apr, 2013 6:29am Iain Reid

A Maserati version of the Alfa Romeo 4C sports car could be on the cards

Maserati could make its version of the Alfa Romeo 4C sports car, its CEO has admitted.

Maserati has already announced plans to sell 50,000 cars a year by 2015 following the launch at the Shanghai Motor Show of the Ghibli, a 5 Series rival featuring Ferarri's first diesel engine.

However Maserati boss Harald Wester admits the stylish 4C sports car from sister brand Alfa Romeo could also be part of plans. When asked at the Shanghai show if Maserati could make a 4C, he replied: "It's a nice idea."

A production version of the Alfa Romeo 4C was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year. It’s powered by what Alfa calls “an evolution of the engine in the Quadrifoglio Verde version of the Giulietta, but with an extra 5bhp taking the total to 237bhp. Power is delivered to the rear wheels via Alfa’s twin-clutch TCT transmission, controlled by paddles on the steering wheel.

The 0-62mph sprint takes 4.5 seconds, while top speed is ‘more than 250kph’ (155mph). Alfa’s DNA switch, which allows you to switch between different driving modes – Dynamic, Natural and All-Weather – has also been improved with a new Race mode that also activates a G-meter on the central display.

Prices for the 4C have yet to be announced although first deliveries begin in September 2013. A Maserati version of the 4C would of course carry a higher premium.

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Platform sharing is of course the norm these days, especially with mainstream cars. However, who would in their sane mine think it is right to splash out a lot of cash on Maserati's 4C (albeit with more power and 'prestige') when you can have basically the same package (dynamically at least) for a lot less on Mazda's 4C (aka next MX-5)?

IIRC, it's been rumored from the start that there might be an upmarket Maserati version of the 4C, beeing that it's based on a quite high tech/exclusive Dallara CF tub.
The joint Alfa-Mazda roadster will be a different car, built on conventional steel chassis, surely much cheaper than "halo" 4C.

I hardly think "it's a nice idea" is confirmation that a Maser version of the 4C is on the cards.

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