Coming (Back) To America: Alfa Romeo Introduces The Tiny 4C

Apr 21 2014, 3:37pm CDT | by

Finally! For all the Alfisti who have kept the faith since it went out of business here 20 years ago, Alfa Romeo has brought back a car to sell on American soil: The 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C sport coupe.

The 4C has a 237-horsepower 1.8-liter direct-injection 4-cylinder engine with a twin-clutch transmission, a system that will make it feel like a tiny rocket ship to drive because it weighs only 2,200 pounds. (The monocoque body is carbon-fiber, after all.) It’s a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive that hits 60 miles per hour in 4.5 seconds, with a top speed of 160mph.

Inside, the car is bare-bones light, with even the floor made of carbon and a clean, no-nonsense control panel. Brembo brakes and Pirelli tires add to the name-brand allure. Don’t even think of asking if it has a back seat.

4C certainly generated a lot of attention at the New York Auto Show this past weekend, but there are some questions that remain about the viability of Alfa in general, at least Alfa in the United States. For starters, the automaker has zero dealerships stateside, planning instead to let Fiat and Maserati dealers sell the 4C on the side. That could prove confusing at best to prospective buyers–and owners who need maintenance or repairs, stat.

Secondly, Alfa will make only 500 of its $70,000 Limited Edition model, with subsequent base models including a forthcoming convertible version costing around $54,000. It will take a lot of good energy and glowing reviews for Alfa to get enough traction to stay afloat here in the states with just one model.

For now, Alfa says they’ll have no problem selling this little beauty, as it has already received more than 5,000 requests for one. And at those affordable prices, it’s no surprise. Watch the video for more.

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