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This is the Alfa Romeo 4C – the best looking car to come out of Alfa’s headquarters for years.

Very little has been confirmed about the car until now, as Maserati recently confirmed that it will produce the 4C at its main production facility in Modena, Italy where it also builds the GranTurismo.

To date, the 4C has only appeared in concept form, unveiled during the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. At the time, it was billed as a mid-engined roadster, and we don’t expect that design to change much en route to the production model.

The 4C is a rear-wheel-drive, two-passenger coupe. With a wheelbase of less than 96 inches and an overall length around 156 inches, it’s compact in size and lightweight.

The car will weigh only 850-900kg and will be powered by an aluminum 1.8 liter turbocharged engine which provides ‒ depending on the rumours ‒ 230 horsepower, although 300 has been mentioned as well.

With a power-to-weight ratio of below 4kg/hp, the rear-wheel drive Alfa 4C should be able to sprint to 100km/h from standstill in less than five seconds.

With an anticipated price of £38,000 (€45,000), the 4C will use more exotic materials in its construction than is typical for the segment – including a mix of carbon-fibre for its body panels and an aluminium crash structure.