[Video] DRIVE’s Chris Harris gets a go in the Alfa Romeo 4C image

Harris is one of the first automotive journalists who had the pleasure of driving Alfa Romeo’s sporty and pleasurable new 4C.

After attending the car’s official launch at home in Italy he had the chance to put the 4C through its paces on the Balocco proving grounds. He described it as something between a Lotus Elise and a Porsche Cayman, and although he did mention a few downsides, overall he was impressed with the latest Italian rear-wheel drive two-door coupe.

Finally, customer deliveries are expected to kick off in October, that is in Europe, as Alfa Romeo’s long-awaited return in the U.S. has been postponed yet again, this time until the second quarter of next year.

Serving as a reminder, the Alfa Romeo 4C has a 4-cylinder, 1.75-liter turbocharged engine producing 240 hp (177 kW) and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) of torque sent to the rear axle via a dual-clutch gearbox. It only weighs 895 kg (1,973 lbs) and needs 4.5 seconds until 62 mph (100 km/h) before hitting a top speed of 160 mph (258 km/h).