Apparently Alfa Romeo plans to make a splash in the upscale end of the U.S. market before introducing its mainstream models to the U.S. As Alfa Romeo's plans to return to the U.S. become more defined, AutoWeek reported Monday that the delectable 8c Competizione coupe will debut in U.S. Maserati dealerships in late 2008, followed by the 8c Spider in 2009.

The limited edition 8c will be based on a shortened Maserati Coupe platform and be powered by the Maserati 4.2-liter V8, which should simplify service and support by the Maserati dealer network.

The U.S. will get fully half of the 8c production run, currently planned for 500 coupes and 500 spider models.

Alfa's 159, Brera and Spider models will slipstream into the U.S. market behind the 8c halo model, with launches tentatively scheduled for the 2010-2011 timeframe.

[Source: AutoWeek]