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A prototype of the long awaited Alfa Romeo 4C sports car has been spotted while testing in Italy.

The 4C will mark the return of the Fiat-Chrysler-owned Alfa Romeo brand to the US after originally pulling out of the market in 1995 due to falling sales and reliability issues.

A 1.75-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine mounted in the rear and driving the rear wheels will power the Maserati-built 4C with power rumoured to be up to 225kW.

Indications suggest the lightweight Alfa Romeo 4C (it is said to weigh as little as 900kg) will launch in the US in 2013, but specific timing remains unconfirmed at this stage.

The Alfa Romeo 4C will be pitched at the premium sports section of the roadster market, targeting the likes of the BMW Z4, Mercedes-Benz SLK and the Porsche Boxster.

Alfa Romeo will follow up the US launch of the 4C with the Giulia sedan and wagon in 2014, while a return of the Alfa Romeo Spider nameplate in 2015 is also a possibility, with the manufacturer committed to producing a new sports car built on a platform shared with the next-generation Mazda MX-5.

  • Zaccy16

    Cant wait for this! looks fantastic

  • Comeon

    Please let it be afordable…

    • Dave W

      They just said “premium sports”, so no, it won’t be.

  • m1n1s1n

    As I quite often say, Aston Martin make the most beutifle cars in the world at the moment,

    My favourite car is Lamborghini Gallardo

    IMHO the 4c is THE car

    • Monk

      You can spell Lamborghini but not beautiful???

  • Alan

    Lotus start running as it will have the build quality …

  • Dave W

    Another gorgeous car.

  • Igor

    Tempted to buy an Alfa a few times over the years but always put off by their dodgy quality control & reliability…and the poor resale.
    Hope it’s all better now.

  • Wile E Coyote

    You would need to to be brave or stupid to risk owner this post warranty .
    And Porsche should take note it is possible to design a great looking rear engined car.

    • Blair Waldorf

       I own 2 Fiats (same cars as all modern Alfas) out of warranty with decent mileage. By far the most reliable Euro cars i’ve owned…

  • Pauly

    Modern Italian cars have come along way in terms of reliability and build quality. Alfa’s MiTo and Giulietta are both great cars and built quite well.

    Its just unfortunate that their reputation from the past is sticking around.

    Would I buy an alfa or fiat though? No I wouldnt.

    • Wile E Coyote

      JD Power 2012 has Alpha ranked below industry average and down near the bottom so they are not out of the woods yet.

  • sleepsy

    I’ve owned an Alfa for the past 3 years. After a few years of ownership you tend to lose appreciation for it’s qualities so you only ever think about its flaws. Sadly (happily actually) I will be moving on.