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If Alfa Romeo wanted to get people talking with the debut of its 4C concept in Geneva, they succeeded. The Internet is abuzz with rumors of its production potential. There have already been reports that the Alfa will spearhead the marque's full-fledged return to North America, to be followed by both Spider and Abarth versions. Now, word is that Maserati could get a derivative, too.

If the reports prove accurate and the spinoffs come to fruition, that would mean three brands within the Fiat group will get their own versions of the lightweight, mid-engined, four-cylinder sports car. And that's before any of the Chrysler brands get a crack at it, because a Dodge version to pick up where the Circuit concept left off could be most tempting. The Maserati version would naturally be positioned and appointed differently from the Alfa or Abarth models. The question is whether the market can bear more than one Elise rival from Fiat/Chrysler, let alone multiples.


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      sinistro79
      • 4 Years Ago
      Abarth should stick with Fiat cars only. Alfa should be allowed to have a separate team work on the high-performance version of the 4C. The Quadrafolio editions use to signify true high performance in an Alfa Romeo before Fiat turned it into a trim level option.
        Rick C.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @sinistro79
        Agreed. I'm traditional. Abarth should stick to Fiats and Lancias.
        Redline
        • 4 Years Ago
        @sinistro79
        I was under the impression Alfa did have their own performance versions of models, 147-GTA, 156-GTA etc.
      simianspeedster
      • 4 Years Ago
      I really, really, really want to see Alfa come back to the U.S. but I just don't believe them anymore. It's been a decade of "this is the car they will use to return to America," but it never really happens. They're the car company who cried wolf. I think they'd do better to introduce a competitive sports sedan than an expensive (probably) two seater, but we'll see. I remember test driving a Milano with my dad back in the day -- I guess we dodged a bullet there. 5 yars ago, I was waiting for the Brera to show up here. Will the 4C really arrive?
      Bryan Lund
      • 4 Years Ago
      I want an Alfa Romeo Giulietta at least for a 6-speed stick test drive. I doubt after buying the car that I'd ever go back to buying Asian brands again.
      wongtpa
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Alfa 4-C is gorgeous!
      Evora
      • 4 Years Ago
      all reports saying its going to be a $40k car, but being realistic i'd imagine this beast to be in the 90k range and not available in the US
      dickn2000b
      • 4 Years Ago
      Best looking car I've seen in a while.
      jurmik
      • 4 Years Ago
      It indeed would be a crime to drive this on the US awfully bad roads with 50mi/hr speeds.
        simianspeedster
        • 4 Years Ago
        @jurmik
        Your English is a crime. There are still some great roads in America, and they're worth the effort to find. Also, are you under some dellusion that Finland has an Autobahn? The speed limits there are no higher than in the U.S. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speed_limits_by_country
        Pdexter
        • 4 Years Ago
        @jurmik
        As other Finn that above is just random. Roads over here in Western Europe are no different to much of the USA, other than the Germans couple of autobahns with no limits. Plus we don't have as smooth roads as much of the central Europe because of the roads are grainier, got more stones on the tarmac because of the use of studs.
      shiloh1388
      • 4 Years Ago
      There is nothing to 'spearhead', and ofcourse the Alfa and Lancia brands, which are a part of Fiat, will return to the U.S. The Lancia Beta Coupe in the late 70s and early 80s was a very competitive alternative to garbage Nissan Maxima's and Toyota Supra's. I owned one, bought new from the fall of 76, to when I sold it to an attractive young lady in DC in the summer of 1988. There were several garages in DC that serviced its parts needs, even though Fiat and its brands no longer sold new cars in the US after the 1983 model year. Excellent five speed manual transmission, excellent 16valve double overhead cam engine with a sexy sound nothing the Japanese could dream of coming close to, great ride, great mileage, great air conditioning and power windows, great stereo and a very competive price to the garbage pawned on us from the car test industry. OH SO HONDA. OH Such puke.
      artandcolour2010
      • 4 Years Ago
      I actually think it would make a great 21st century Dino for Ferrari. Note I didn't say Ferrari Dino, which they technically weren't. Ferrari didn't put its name on anything less than 12 cylinders in the '60s, so the high-strung V6 Dino was just that: Dino by Ferrari. Any Dino with a Ferrari badge these days has been retrofitted.
      Teddy Sweat
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd like a 4C Abarth in my garage to compliment the Alfa 8C I'd like in my living room as a art piece.....
      alan
      • 4 Years Ago
      I could see a Maserati version, as it would be a clearly different part of the market. But wouldn't Alfa and Abarth compete a bit too closely? Unless there's a major price difference between the two. Anyway, I'm always happy to see new Italian sports cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
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