According to the Top Gear magazine, Alfa Romeo, the Italian automaker, has begun production of its 4C model. Its engineers are confident of getting the first prototype on the road for the middle of 2012, with the final car on sale a year after that.
The concept originally debuted at last year’s Geneva Motor Show in a matte red finish and then made another appearance in a liquid-metal finish in Frankfurt a few months ago.
The shape of the car is greatly inspired from the 8C Competizione which was a limited edition sports car from the Italian car maker, with an extremely high price tag.
However, thinks are different with the 4C. According to the same source, the 2013 Alfa Romeo 4C will start at $70,000. And the good news is that 4C will not be a limited edition model.
The production version of the 4C will still get a carbon fibre tub designed by Dallara but it will get front and rear frames made of aluminium.
That may not be quite as high tech (and a bit heavier) than carbon fibre everything, but it’s more cost effective. However, Mauro Pierallini, the head of engineering for Fiat in Europe said the car will look almost exactly like the concept.
A new direct-injection turbo four will drive 230 horsepower to the rear wheels via a dual-clutch gearbox for a 4.5-second sprint to sixty. In addition, a 300hp version will be available later.
We could see a production version of the Alfa Romeo 4C by Geneva 2013.