Considering how long we've been anticipating the return of Alfa Romeo to North America , we can hardly be blamed for growing tired of the endless reports of its further delay. This, however, arrives as a welcome surprise.

The marque's arrival here was originally supposed to be spearheaded by the 8C Competizione, but that sumptuous model came and went, and we're back to an Alfa-free market. Later re-strategization put the upcoming 4C in the same position, establishing a beachhead for the arrival of a broader (read: more accessible and versatile) range of Alfa models. Now an Autocar report suggests the 4C may be ready earlier than expected.

The carbon-intensive, mid-engined sports car made its debut in concept form at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show and was expected to bow in production trim at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, but is now tipped to debut in about a year from now (next summer) - a good half-year ahead of schedule.

Word has it that the 4C will also be produced at two sites, meaning that the North American version (if it's any different from the European car) could be assembled locally.


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      Mr. Sunshine
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's hot.
      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd love to see this car on the road here in the US, but just like with Fiat, they can't (re)introduce a brand to the American market with just ONE model. Fiat should have had at least 2 cars to offer us, and Alfa really needs at least one more practical car to sell alongside this 4C from day one. Waiting a couple of years to have a full product range is just not going to cut it.
        Rick C.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        you've got to start somewhere, and one model is working just fine for now. I was reading about historic rally cars the other day and eventually linked to the modern Fiat Abarth Punto. This should be the next Fiat here.
        ThomasP
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        None of the Fiat lineup has been designed for sale in the US. The FIat 500 was designed with US specifications in mind. It is their foot-nthe-door. Qith Fiat and Chrysler's model portfolios aligning, it will be easier for futurue Fiats and Alfas to make their way into US showrooms.
      turbomonkey2k
      • 2 Years Ago
      The matte paint job makes sense for show cars/concepts. It really highlights the lines and contours but seriously, what tool really wants it for their own car?
      jwswingle
      • 2 Years Ago
      I see a modern Opel GT shape in many views... and the "afterburner" tail lights are unique and damned attractive! Stick the new ChryCorp V6 with a Multiair head and 8 speed in there, and you've got future Z and Supra models sweating a redesign before their intros....
        turbomonkey2k
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jwswingle
        This is a sub 2000 pound car. I wouldn't expect a V6 to be a likely or even necessary option. Hell, just about any 4 cylinder over 200 HP will make this thing an amazing thrill ride.
        Hazdaz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jwswingle
        Except that this car is probably considerably more expensive than the current Z or any upcoming Supras. This is a "carbon-intensive, mid-engined sports car" released by an Italian brand, which to me means north of $50k (if not north of $75k).
      tump
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'll take one minus the matte paint job. I'll take two, even.
      Teleny411
      • 2 Years Ago
      This looks like a great car but it will need to be priced right and accompanied by a good pr campaign. I also hope they get the mechanicals right. Unlike the 500, this is a new car,
      RGT881
      • 2 Years Ago
      They have no choice. European manufacturers aside from Germans, have only 3 options...which are as follows...expand into Eastern Europe, ASEAN block, Japan, China, and US. If so I were SM, I'd undoubtedly push forward in all of these markets because the excess capacity in continental Europe is absolutely destroying profits and not to mention inventory and consequently income statements. Moreover, financing is being done on short-term because NO business executive can see further than 2-3 years in terms of economic and financial outlook on a global scale. So short-term financing is advantageous to long-term because uncertainty means two questions 1) What will interest rates be like? 2) What will the demand be?
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is a gorgeous car, it can't get here soon enough! I really hope that unlike Fiat or Mini, that they bring multiple models at the launch next year, including this and an entry level sedan and CUV to complete the line-up. I really want Alfa/Fiat to succeed here, and with their innovative Multiair engines and gorgeous styling I think they really have the ability to steal sales from the German stalwarts.
      mikelee
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's NOT a good-looking car(!). It looks too bloated, too short, too fat(!!)
      The Wasp
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm still not convinced bring Alfa Romeo back to the US is a good idea but I really like the way the car looks. It seems like it would be easier to bring it to the US as a Fiat, a Chrysler, or a Dodge.
      Jonathan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow can't wait to see Alfa fail just like Fiat is doing right now . Well at least they should sell more than 5 -15 cars a month unlike Fiat and their 500 that nobody wants . Well at least the Alfa is a car that people want but 1 model for a brand makes no sense from a financial standpoint .
        lasertekk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jonathan
        yeah, the car that hit over 4000 in sales last month from a dealer network which has yet to build out. Not bad, and up to the original sales forecast I must add.
        turbomonkey2k
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jonathan
        I'm not sure if your post is meant to be a parody of the typical naysayer but do you realize that Mini has several more models than Fiat in the USA and somehow only managed to sell a scant 2100 units more than Fiat's 4,003?
      davop56@yahoo.com
      • 2 Years Ago
      Unfortunately the car looks like an ungainly version of the Lotus Evora
        Andrew TheBoss
        • 2 Years Ago
        @davop56@yahoo.com
        Penso che la Lotus Evora sia una bellissima auto e che questo sia un complimento. Molte auto assomigliano a Ferrari e Lamborghini, ma non per questo sono necessariamente brutte.
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