Alfa Romeo has been producing cars for over a hundred years; they have a rich history in motorsports and build some of the most beautiful cars. Unfortunately, these cars are not available in North America currently; they used to be imported from the 1950’s to the mid-90’s. Since Alfa Romeo is owned by Fiat, which also owns Chrysler now, Alfa Romeo might be coming here. Confused about which car company owns another car company? The good folks at Moneysupermarket have put together an infographic explaining who owns what, that should make it a little easier.
The first car that would make it to North American shores is the beautiful Alfa Romeo 4C sports car; it’ll probably be here in 2014. The car will be available for orders in Europe in October 2013 and will make its US debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. In Britain, the 4C will have a starting price of £45,000 or about $72,500, which is quite a hefty price in my opinion…but the Italian carmaker is calling the 4C a “mini-supercar”, so maybe $72,500 for a mini-supercar is a fair price? The price might be a bit cheaper in the US, since most cars cost substantially more in the UK.
The Alfa Romeo 4C is a pretty good looking sports car; it definitely has that famous Italian flare. I think this is what a Lotus Elise would look like, were it designed by an Italian. The car is powered by a mid-mounted turbocharged 1.75 liter 4-cylinder engine, producing 236 horsepower. This may not seem like much power, but this car is very small, 158 inches long and is constructed out of lightweight materials. 0 to 62 mph (0 – 100 km/h) sprint takes just 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 160 mph (258 km/h).
Only 3,500 Alfa Romeo 4C sports cars will be produced, with 1,000 going to European markets. In the USA, these cars will be offered with performance upgrades through Mopar, which seems a little weird, an Italian car getting its performance parts from a famous muscle car performance parts company.
I think the Alfa Romeo 4C will be a pretty fun car and should provide competition to the Porsche Cayman and the Lotus Elise.