This year at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Italy, the Alfa Romeo 4C Coupé won the Concept Cars & Prototypes category.
The Alfa Romeo 4C – due to go in to production next year – pipped the new DBS to the prize to take a second win for Alfa at Villa D’Este in two years (the Alfa TZ3 Corsa won in 2010).
The two-seater model is powered by a 1.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, which produces up to 232hp in other Alfa Romeo cars like the Giulietta (Alfa hasn’t said how much it will deliver in the 4C), driving the rear wheels through a dry-clutch transmission.
Alfa Romeo pulled out of the United States in 1995 and is already set to return in late 2013 with the planned 4C sportscar.
Maserati expects to start production of the 4C sports car in May of next year and estimates it will build up to 2,500 units annually.
Weight distribution is said to be 40-percent front/60-percent rear, the power runs through a dual-clutch gearbox, and the car is equipped with Alfa’s “DNA” chassis-adjustment system that includes Dynamic, Normal, and All-Weather modes.
Turin forecasts 1500 sales of the 4C each year, around a fifth destined for the United States – marking the return to the US for a sorely missed brand.
Appearing out of competition in this year’s line-up was the BMW Zagato Coupé, making a high-profile world debut.