Alfa Romeo 4C spied testing


With anticipation about the Alfa Romeo 4C building, we were more than a little excited to see this video (doing the rounds via Autoweek) which has just emerged of Alfa’s new baby caught doing some cold weather testing in Michigan. It’s only served to whet our appetites for the new small coupe yet further.

Even under the heavy disguise it looks sharp
Even under the heavy disguise it looks sharp
While there isn't a clear view of the finished car yet, the proportions of this test mule give us a fair idea that the finished car will look extremely similar to the 4C Concept that was toured around the motor show circuit last year. Which can only be a good thing, as that was a knee-tremblingly exciting thing to behold.

The 4C will go head-to-head with the Toyota GT86, Subaru BRZ and Peugeot RCZ, thus making it a much-valued entrant into the market for small, affordable coupes. It’s expected to make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March, although some reports have suggested that is development may have been delayed. Either way, when it does turn up, it looks like it’ll be a mouthwatering proposition, with a turbocharged 1.7-litre engine that’ll push out at least 200hp. If it handles as well as it looks, it’ll be a pretty hard package to beat.

[Sources: Autoweek, via GT Spirit]

 

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  • Guvernator 07 Mar 2013

    Buzzfan said:
    Guvernator said:
    snip...Oh and at 60k Euro's it's too expensive.
    If they'd branded it a Dino, (not ferr..) would that make it seem better value?
    It probably would for some people but not for me as I'm not a massive brand snob, I'm just comparing what you get for the money compared to it's rivals. As for brand values, a Porsche which is a "better" brand for those who are into such things is cheaper.

  • Buzzfan 07 Mar 2013

    Guvernator said:
    snip...Oh and at 60k Euro's it's too expensive.
    If they'd branded it a Dino, (not ferr..) would that make it seem better value?

  • stephen300o 07 Mar 2013

    braddo said:
    otolith said:
    Wonder how they would work in body colour?

    Crap photoshoppery;

    I'm afraid it makes me think of:



    Why the lights are not 8C-style is mystifying.
    Doesn't look like Christine Bleakley to me. The 8c has huge ugly lights on it's huge ugliness, those ones are much better.

  • kambites 07 Mar 2013

    otolith said:
    The platform has massive potential, but the devil will be in the setup. If they do a good job, it could be truly brilliant.

    I am pleased to see someone other than Lotus making this kind of car. Hopefully, it will enlarge and reinvigorate the market for lightweight sportscars rather than just cannibalising existing sales. It will keep Lotus honest and if Lotus does eventually go under, there will be other people building cars I would be interested in owning. It's a shame about the turbo and the automatic transmission, but I think that's just becoming unavoidable.
    I'm still hoping they'll do a cut-down, cheaper version with a manual 'box and a N/A engine at some point. smile

  • otolith 07 Mar 2013

    The platform has massive potential, but the devil will be in the setup. If they do a good job, it could be truly brilliant.

    I am pleased to see someone other than Lotus making this kind of car. Hopefully, it will enlarge and reinvigorate the market for lightweight sportscars rather than just cannibalising existing sales. It will keep Lotus honest and if Lotus does eventually go under, there will be other people building cars I would be interested in owning. It's a shame about the turbo and the automatic transmission, but I think that's just becoming unavoidable.

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