Through the Tired Eyes of Faith

Maserati Building new Alfa Romeo 4C


Alfa enthusiasts have dreamed for almost two decades of the return of an affordable rear-drive model after the Duetto Spider was discontinued in 1994. Alfa’s 8C Competizione, which was built from 2007-2008, was too expensive for most Alfa buyers. The spider version of the 8C cost up to $279,000 (213,000 euros).

The 4C was unveiled as a concept at the 2011 Geneva motor show. The two-seater has a central engine and is about 157 inches long with a 94.5-inch wheelbase. It will be powered by a new aluminum 4-cylinder 1.8-liter turbocharged direct-injection engine.

Alfa plans to make the 4C as light as possible at about 1,874 pounds. At that weight, the 4C would have an impressive power-to-weight ratio below 9 pounds per hp.

Maserati built the 8C Competizione coupe for Alfa from 2007 to 2010.

Fiat chose Maserati to build the 8C because Alfa does not have the expertise to build low volume, hand-built models. The sports car maker was picked to produce the 4C for the same reason, sources said.

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