After years of concepts, we finally have a look at the production version 2013 Alfa Romeo 4C that will be available in the U.S. later this year. And it’s just as gorgeous as you were hoping.
After nearly 20 years, Alfa Romeo will make its stateside return with a bang. The 2013 4C is a culmination of all the design, technology and quality that Alfa Romeo has learned over the last two decades. That’s great news for fans of Italian sports cars, and fans of driving in general.
The new two-seater will be powered by an all-aluminum, 1.75L turbo four-cylinder engine with direct injection and variable valve timing, sending about 230 horsepower to the rear wheels. That may not sound like a lot, but the 2013 Alfa Romeo 4C has been designed to maximize its power-to-weight ratio with astonishing attention. For instance, the chassis itself is made completely of carbon.
Alfa Romeo also revealed today that power will be handled by a TCT automatic twin dry clutch transmission. Advantages of this system – a version of which is also found in the Dodge Dart – include low weight and very quick shift times. The transmission can be used automatically, or manually with paddle shifters mounted behind the steering wheel. Driving modes will include Dynamic, Natural and All Weather, and for the first time ever, a Race mode that we can’t wait to get our hands on.
The 2013 Alfa Romeo 4C will be built at the Maserati production facility in Modena, Italy. Get ready to see this curvaceous body – inspired by the legendary Alfa Romeo Type 33 Stradale and 2008 8C – on American roads very soon.