When we first caught wind of the
intention to get cozy with
, our first thoughts leapt to the slew of sexy Italian compacts that could conceivably make their way to the states. Of all the hardware that could potentially be Americanized, the
Alfa Romeo Giulietta
was the one hatch that had our loins stirring the most. Now our elite squad of spy photographers have nabbed a few photos of a four-door version of the hatch wearing a split crosshair grille. From the looks of things, these are full-production spec prototypes out for desert testing. The whispers kicking around the web lead us to believe that the car will be called the Hornet and should lock horns nicely with metal like the
To say that we can't wait to usher the
out the door is an understatement. Given that the compact segment has grown into a fiercely competitive slice of the market,
needs hardware that can perform on style, efficiency and economy. Here's hoping the Hornet is up to the task.
While the vehicle in the image above was originally photographed with matte black vinyl covering its flanks, we've
the sheet metal to give us a better idea of what to expect from the sedan version of the car.