Alfa Romeo 4C: Italian sports car spied testing

Development of the Alfa Romeo 4C is progressing ahead of the new mid-engined sports car's anticipated unveiling at the Geneva motor show in March, with the car caught testing in Europe.
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Despite the extensive use of camouflage, the Alfa Romeo 4C is easily recognisable, appearing to strongly mirror the concepts seen in Geneva and Frankfurt in 2011, with a compact wheelbase, sharp front end, aggressive side air intakes, round tail-lights, and classic Alfa Romeo telephone-dial wheels.

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Alfa Romeo has previously said the rear-wheel-drive 4C will be powered by a 1.75-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing more than 147kW, but suggestions have been made that this could climb to upwards of 200kW in final production form.

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With the car’s weight believed to be significantly less than 1000kg, the Alfa Romeo 4C should hit 100km/h from standstill in less than five seconds and be good for a top speed of around 250km/h. While the Alfa Romeo 4C coupe has so far only been confirmed for left-hand-drive markets, Alfa Romeo’s new Mazda MX-5-based Spyder model will be produced for RHD markets such as Australia and the UK.

The Geneva motor show kicks off on March 7.

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