Autocar reports that Alfa Romeo may be mulling the creation of a convertible version of the upcoming 4C Coupe. The Italian automaker has already made it clear that the hardtop will bow as a mid-engine bruiser with a 0-60 sprint of around 4.5 seconds. Alfa hopes the 4C will give potential Porsche 911 buyers something else to consider when it comes time to plunk down cash on a new sports car. Keeping weight down is the first priority in the car's development, and engineers are aiming for a curb weight of under 2,000 pounds.

Alfa Romeo handed over early development to Dallara, the company behind carbon fiber components found in the likes of the Alfa Romeo 8C, Bugatti Veyron and the KTM X-Bow, but has since brought the party in-house. Now, Autocar says its sources have confirmed the 4C will spawn a drophead version. Don't think anything is set in stone just yet, however. The hardtop 4C is at least a year out from production, which means the convertible won't see the light of day until 2014 at the earliest. Even so, if Alfa Romeo is serious about giving the 911 a run for its money, the 4C will need a convertible variant.


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      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Build THIS one already.
      Alfonso Martinez
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think is absolutely awesome! Thats a great looking car!
      johnbravo6
      • 2 Years Ago
      How about let's release the car before making future plans.
        theblackemblem
        • 2 Years Ago
        @johnbravo6
        I know right? At this rate it will look outdated before it reaches production, and I don't want that to happen to such a gorgeous looking car like this.
          turbomonkey2k
          • 2 Years Ago
          @theblackemblem
          "At this rate" seriously, this thing is going from concept to production about as quickly as any car ever has. We're talking concept to production in 2 years and 2 months if current plans hold. I suppose it's happened before but if they keep the schedule it may just be a record.
        turbomonkey2k
        • 2 Years Ago
        @johnbravo6
        Oh please, you plan for both success and failure. Isn't that kind of the whole point to planning? If they want a convertible available for the second year of production they damn well better start planning now. You think the Convertible Camaro wasn't planned before regular model went on sale. Come on people, think before you type.
          johnbravo6
          • 2 Years Ago
          @turbomonkey2k
          Hey buddy, this thing says ALFA ROMEO on the badge. That company that's been perpetually planning for a future that never comes.
      porche-evo-datsun
      • 2 Years Ago
      whats the point of all these CRAZY expensive sports cars?
      disngaj
      • 2 Years Ago
      "and engineers are aiming for a curb weight of under 2,000 pounds." Uh, Zack... are you sure you didn't mean "under 3,000 pounds"?
      turbomonkey2k
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm pretty sure this is the first time I've read anywhere that the 4C is intended as competition to the Porsche 911. Nothing about the statement adds up. It's significantly less expensive (as in you could buy new Accord and maybe throw in a sport bike with the difference in projected prices.) The Performance also isn't there. If anything this is a Cayman competitor in price and performance albeit smaller and lighter with more exotic materials used to build it. If you're looking for 911 competition there will supposedly be a Maserati derived from the 4C that will use a V8.
        generaljimt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @turbomonkey2k
        Well...performance isn't there??? Just because a 911 is a way overpriced egg with the engine in the wrong place (making it very dangerous to drive at high speed), makes the 4C not a competitor...Is the 911 soooo much faster to 60 MPH? Don't think so...Here's the bottom line...If you look to their origins, Alfa is a company with far more prestige than Porsche..The problem was poor management led to government acquisition in the 70's which led to poor build quality and the marque lost its way..>Sergio values Alfa and will never sell it because he knows it is the trump card to compete with the bloated Germans (Audi and BMW)....Go Alfa Go baby...
      Classic Bob
      • 2 Years Ago
      I thought the goal of Maserati was to give Porsche and Aston Martin a run for it’s money, and maybe high end Mercedes... Isn’t Alfa going to target BMW, Jaguar, Lexus and the likes?
        icon149
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Classic Bob
        I agree with you half way. I think its' a bit crazy to push Alpha into the 911 range. that's going to be a losing proposition. However building this to go head to head with the boxster and the cayman (and of course the Z4, tt, etc... i think this would be a huge winner). Alpha has to knock it out of the park to get 911 dollars.
          turbomonkey2k
          • 2 Years Ago
          @icon149
          It was never intended to do battle with the 911. It's going to be priced starting around $50Kish which is significantly lower than a 911. There is talk of a Maserati derived from the platform with V8 power. There is your 911 competition.
      Bret Frohwein
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hooray.. the "vaporware car" is getting a sibling..
      Fabio
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice car but it's only a dream. I'm writing from Italy and here it is certain the sale of Alfa Romeo to VW (according to many observers, the announcement should be as much in October). Latest news: A few weeks ago, some officials of WV have made ​​some site inspections at the Cassino factory (the site of Alfa's production); Fiat has closed many contracts with suppliers who work for Alfa.
        turbomonkey2k
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Fabio
        Meanwhile Fiat moves forward with plans to build the 4C at the old Bertone plant as well as a new Alfa SUV where the Jeep Liberty is was built. VW has been making googly eyes at Alfa for the last 2 years and has been continually told in no uncertain terms to "Stick it." I know FIAT is hurting in Europe but they're just now beginning to find ways to leverage the recent Chrysler success. I'll of course eat my words if your rumor bears fruit in October but something tells me no such announcement is forthcoming.
      CandidRage
      • 2 Years Ago
      Computer gen concept art really doesn't go this car justice. Check out the geneva motor show pics/videos.
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