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Sergio Marchionne’s ambitious plan for the resurrection of Alfa Romeo calls for no less than six new models for launch in the U.S. market until the end of 2016. The thing is that, four of them are earmarked for 2015 and one for 2016, leaving just one model for this year: the 4C mid-engine sports coupe.
Thanks to a CarScoop reader who happens to be a Swiss dealer and who attended an Alfa Romeo meeting earlier this month, we are in a position to share several new details about the production 4C that will likely be presented at the Geneva Motor Show next month.

Contrary to initial reports that its 1.7-liter turbocharged inline-four could put out as much as 300-horses, Alfa Romeo officials told dealers that its output will be 240PS or 237hp for the base model, the same as in the Giulietta QV from which it is borrowed.

If a four-cylinder sounds inappropriate for an Italian supercar, the carbon fiber chassis will keep the weight low, though, we assume it will be more than the 850 kg (1,874 pounds) that were announced for the concept model and which theoretically give the 4C an impressively lower power-to-weight ratio of 3.5 kg/PS.

Nevertheless, it should be able to keep up with other mid-engine sports cars like the new 275PS (271hp) Porsche Cayman and perhaps even the Cayman S which, despite boasting 325PS (321hp), is much heavier at 1,320 kg (2,910 pounds) and has a power to weight ratio of 3,78 kg/PS.

Moreover, our source said that Alfa is targeting a price between €56,000 and €64,000 (equal to US$76,400-$87,300 at today's rates), depending on the trim level, in Switzerland.

This means that the 4C will be priced closer to the base 275PS Cayman, which costs €57,500 (US$79,000) in Switzerland rather than the 325PS Cayman S, which at €71,230 (US$97,300) is far more expensive. To get an idea of what it may cost in the States, the base Cayman has an MSRP of $52,600, and Cayman S, $63,800.

Even if signore Marchionne doesn't change his mind on the 4C pricing policy, he probably won’t have a problem shifting all the cars Alfa will make.

That’s because, according to our insider, global production will be limited to just 2,000 units, equally split between the coupe (1,000 units) and the roadster model (1,000 units) that was also confirmed during the Alfa Romeo dealer meeting.

This number also includes the track-only “Racing” version as well as the road-legal Stradale, both of which will be introduced in 2014 featuring a more potent engine delivering 270PS (266hp).

Last, but certainly not least, having recently snapped a lightly camouflaged test car, we know that the production 4C will remain faithful to the gorgeous concept in terms of design and will also retain its compact dimensions, with only subtle changes such as the shape of the rear diffuser and the exterior mirrors.
 

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RE: Insider: Alfa Romeo 4C gets 240PS / 270PS, Racing, Stradale & Roadster Variants

I'm hesitant to go through with launch edition purchase if in fact a more powerful stradall version is forthcoming... Any other info available on this?
 

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Insider: Alfa Romeo 4C gets 240PS / 270PS, Racing, Stradale & Roadster Variants

+1

If there's a Stradale version coming then I'll wait for that one...
 

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What I love about the specs is that this car gets you back to the basics of a sports car. I left BMW for Porsche when they became soft, now I'm seriously contemplating leaving Porsche with the latest 911 that is more a GT than what it used to be. I hope the 4c lives up to what looks to be a fantastic car.
 

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at what price does a new cayman or cayman s make you go for the conventional choice vs this alfa?
 

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Never shopped a Cayman. It's either a 911 or 4c for me. The fact that the 4c may be in the Cayman price range is a bonus for me, because I would still shop it if it was in 911 price range-it's that good. I just hope it drives that good. The best 911 was the '73 RSR (others may differ), and that car weighed around 2,000 lbs, and drove like it was telepathic. The current 911 is about 3,100 lbs. The 4c is about 2,000 lbs and has the potential to be a great car. Weight isn't everything, but it matters a lot. I just wish Alfa offered European Delivery so we could get our hands on one now. Cheers.
 

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CAlexio said:
at what price does a new cayman or cayman s make you go for the conventional choice vs this alfa?
You would have to assume the Cayman S is a much better built car period. Fit and finish, refinement, lap times etc. has to be better as well. I am on a list to get a 4C but at 50-60K Alfa better have their crap together. It's the exclusivity, style that has my interest. I have owned three previous Alfa's and my days of being simply enamored by the style are over. I really hope they get it right, otherwise I will be the guy shopping for a 2 year old Cayman R.

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You would have to assume the Cayman S is a much better built car period. Fit and finish, refinement, lap times etc. has to be better as well. I am on a list to get a 4C but at 50-60K Alfa better have their crap together. It's the exclusivity, style that has my interest. I have owned three previous Alfa's and my days of being simply enamored by the style are over. I really hope they get it right, otherwise I will be the guy shopping for a 2 year old Cayman R.

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Cayman S will probably be the best built car in its class, but I am expecting the 4C will be reasonably well built. The 4C is rolling down the lines in the same factory that builds the Maserati Quattroporte and Maserati GranTurismo, so look to those cars for some indication of standards in that plant.
 

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emerckx53 said:
You would have to assume the Cayman S is a much better built car period. Fit and finish, refinement, lap times etc. has to be better as well. I am on a list to get a 4C but at 50-60K Alfa better have their crap together. It's the exclusivity, style that has my interest. I have owned three previous Alfa's and my days of being simply enamored by the style are over. I really hope they get it right, otherwise I will be the guy shopping for a 2 year old Cayman R.

Mj
Cayman S will probably be the best built car in its class, but I am expecting the 4C will be reasonably well built. The 4C is rolling down the lines in the same factory that builds the Maserati Quattroporte and Maserati GranTurismo, so look to those cars for some indication of standards in that plant.
That is encouraging.....:)
 
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