A loyal reader of our parent site Autoblog.it just sent us this bunch of spy shots picturing the Alfa Romeo 4C, definitely one of the most eagerly awaited cars of the year 2013. The model is expected to debut next March at the 83rd Geneva International Motor Show and will mark the return of the Italian brand in the sports car market since the launch of the jaw dropping Alfa Romeo 8C in 2007. The new two-seater from Alfa Romeo will use a number of technical solutions that will allow it to have weight and handling of a true sports car.
The upcoming mid-mounted Alfa Romeo 4C will come with a rear wheel drive configuration and a brand new four-cylinder 1.8-liter aluminum engine that would be expected to deliver something more than 200 horsepower. This unit should be mated to an ‘evolution’ of Alfa Romeo’s own dual-clutch TCT transmission. As already pinted out, the weight of the 4C should be extremely low thanks to the wide use of noble materials such as carbon fiber, aluminum and special plastics for the chassis and the body. Rumor has it the car will weigh something like 850 kg (1870 lbs).
The Alfa Romeo 4C mule featured in these new spy photos is still entirely camouflaged, with the same black plastic covers that we have seen in all the previous sightings of the various prototypes. The length of the model should be around 4 meters, while the overall look of the car will be very attractive, recalling the lines of the concept version we have seen at a few exhibitons in the past months. The production of Alfa 4C will be carried out at the Maserati plant in Modena at a rate of 2,500 units per year.