U.S.: Alfa Romeo 4C will be available at select Fiat dealers image

The Italian based automaker Alfa Romeo is planning to introduce the 4C in the United States later on this year, and the model will become available only at top Fiat dealers.

The announcement has been made by a Chrysler Group executive who says that only top Fiat dealers who met sales and customer service objective will be able to sell the upcoming Alfa Romeo 4C. If this strategy sounds familiar to you it’s because it really isn’t something new and just recently, GM said that only top Chevy dealers will receive the brand new 2014 Corvette Stingray.

The Alfa Romeo 4C will be produce at the Maserati plant in Modena and the first units are expected to roll out this summer. A total of 2,500 Alfa Romeo 4Cs will be produced annually and out of these, 1,000 units will arrive in the United States. Rumors are saying that the 4C will get a 1.7 liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine, which will produce a total output of 237 HP in base entry-level version and 266 HP in the more powerful “Racing” variant or in the road-legal “Stradale”. The model will weigh just 850 kg (1,874 pounds) thanks to its carbon fiber chassis. More details on the 4C will be announce during the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, where the model will be officially unveiled.

Source: Automotive News