Imagine your dream car. What might it include? Lightweight carbon-fiber construction, high-tech engine behind the seats, legendary Italian badge on the nose.... The thing is, that usually means a big fat price tag that runs well into the six figures, if not seven. But while this latest Italian sports car is set to include all those ingredients, its price point is set decidedly lower.

We're talking about the Alfa Romeo 4C, the nimble-looking little number that debuted in delicious matte red at the Geneva show last year, and in liquid-metal finish in Frankfurt just a few months ago. Rumors have been circulating of its imminent production ever since its debut, but now the blokes over at Top Gear say that have the final details on good authority.

According to the report, Fiat has crunched the numbers and figured out how it can produce the 4C while neither breaking the bank nor spoiling the formula. And so the supercar is set to begin testing in the new year and hit the market in the next. And the price? £45,000, according to TG, which equates to about $70K at today's exchange rates. To put that into perspective, consider that is the same starting price in the British market as the Porsche Cayman S – a model which starts here at $62K. UPDATE: Autocar now reports that the 45,000 figure is actually in Euros, not in British Pounds, which would price the 4C below the base Boxster, not the top Cayman.

The Cayman is an ambitious target, but the 4C promises to be both smaller and lighter. A new direct-injection turbo four will drive 230 horsepower to the rear wheels via a dual-clutch gearbox for a 4.5-second sprint to sixty, but is tipped to yield more powerful versions with as much as 300hp on tap and even a roadster version later on.

That last bit promises to be easier to pull off thanks to the carbon-fiber tub – engineered by Dallara – to which aluminum sub-frames will be attached front and rear. The Italian chassis constructor is best known for its racing cars, but also developed the KTM X-Bow, which could in and of itself give us the best idea of what to expect if and when the 4C assumes the place originally reserved for the 8C Competizione in finally heralding Alfa's return to the North American market.


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      tritonstrategies
      • 3 Years Ago
      I thought I spotted a car somewhere just behind those legs.
      Joey Franklin
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'll take an evora instead which im sure are loosing value rapidly in the used market.
        chirowolf
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Joey Franklin
        With the Evora you will definately get a more reliable engine. AT $70K there is a whole host of other cars I would have to look at. I really like the Evora S. Nice tight car and even has back seats. Ofcourse I do not dislike anyone enough to put in those back seats.
      dragonrage1191
      • 3 Years Ago
      That is one sexy car and performance should match its looks. Does anyone know what underpins this?
        Shiftright
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dragonrage1191
        Bespoke carbon fiber mid engine RWD chassis. Read the article
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 3 Years Ago
      This car would have to be extremely light to even come.near those acceleration numbers. And to be that light, it'd have to be so small and stripped it wouldn't be a true Cayman competitor. Still a cool car, though. Would like to see this duke it out with the Elise.
        Shiftright
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Frisky_Dingo
        The 4C will have a carbon fiber tub as well as some body panels, neither of which the Cayman has, giving it a significant lower weight advantage, so the performance should should be at at least on par with the Cayman, if not better than.
          Frisky_Dingo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Shiftright
          That doesn't mean it competes with it. A Lotus Exige S will outperform a Cayman. That doesn't mean its a true competitor. I personally don't see the point of employing such construction and tech in a car this small, but whatever. I'd much rather have the rumored Porsche entry level roadster. Even if meant less power and more weight. Especially if it was priced lower.
      Bruno Miguel Prata
      • 2 Years Ago
      This car (the Alfa Romeo 4C), for me, is absolutelly sensational. It has a beautifull turbocharged in-line 1750 cc 4 cylinder engine with direct fuel injection associated to a 6-speed TCT dry double-clutch gearbox. And has also a brilliant carbon-fibre chassis in colaboration with Dallara. In terms of performance, the turbocharged in-line 4 cylinder engine of this car generates more than 200 bhp and accelerates from nought to 62 mph in less than 5 seconds and hits a top speed of over 155 mph, which is great for a concept car like the Alfa Romeo 4C. I am sure that this car will conquer and captivate the hearts of many car fanatics and will give so much to talk, in the near future.
      Bruno Miguel Prata
      • 2 Years Ago
      This car (the Alfa Romeo 4C), for me, is absolutelly sensational. It has a beautifull turbocharged in-line 1750 cc 4 cylinder engine with direct fuel injection associated to a 6-speed TCT dry double-clutch gearbox. And has also a brilliant carbon-fibre chassis in colaboration with Dallara. In terms of performance, the turbocharged in-line 4 cylinder engine of this car generates more than 200 bhp and accelerates from nought to 62 mph in less than 5 seconds and hits a top speed of over 155 mph, which is great for a concept car like the Alfa Romeo 4C. I am sure that this car will conquer and captivate the hearts of many car fanatics and will give so much to talk, in the near future.
      dtrump_21
      • 3 Years Ago
      sexcellent
      stclair5211
      • 3 Years Ago
      How much for the blonde?
      P
      • 3 Years Ago
      Given that prices in the UK are always stated with the VAT tax added, this would most likely arrive here with a $60-65k price. That's an awfully nice window to sell a sexy, efficient little sports car from a brand with as much automotive romance as Alfa. Let's all hope this is real and not just another disappointment in the making from AR.
      Dennis Baskov
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sweet, 4c and 8c would be great addition to US auto markets. Finally we're getting more hot European cars here thanks to Fiat.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dennis Baskov
        The 8C is already out of production. It was a limited production vehicle.
      IBx27
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like the look of the red matte paint under showroom lights, but the car itself looks like a rush job at best. The 4C looks like a kit car.
        Mike D
        • 3 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        Pretty sure the red one is the concept that was made a while back. The production version will most likely be more refined.
        IBx27
        • 3 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        I don't have a problem with the fit and finish. It's the side view that really throws it off. It looks like someone judo chopped the door's boneline to get it to fit into the vent, which also seems to point downwards. The front is fine and the rear is fine but the sides are obviously shaped around the Lotus that underpins the whole show.
      lorenzo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cayman S has a proven track record. I wonder if Alfa can meet it in handeling dynamics, and interior finsh quality. I have read the interiors of recent Alfas has been lacking. However, I would prefer this - bucause it is a more emotive total package......
        Andrew M
        • 3 Years Ago
        @lorenzo
        Most of the Porsches I see on the road are driven by little old ladies. Why do you lot all go on and on about handling dynamics and 0-60 times when I pass all of you in my Jeep at every stoplight and on every freeway on ramp.
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