|2014 Alfa Romeo 4C sports car (concept)|
The Alfa Romeo 4C trademark, covering accessories such as clothing and toys as well as the vehicle and parts, was issued by U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on April 10th, according to a Fiat/Chrysler press release.
Fiat's CEO stated to the automotive press on April 4th that that the super-lightweight (about 1900 pounds thanks to Fiat's extensive use of expensive carbon fiber in its construction) mid-engined, rear-wheel-drive coupe will definitely go on sale in North America by the end of 2013.
Deliveries of the 4C, which will be built beginning in May 2013 at a plant run by Fiat's Maserati division in Modena, Italy, will begin in Europe in the summer of 2013. Maserati is also rumored to be getting its own version of the 4C - could a new generation Chrysler Crossfire also be in the cards??
Fiat, which plans to sell approximately 2,500 4Cs a year, showed a concept version of the car last year at the Geneva auto show (photo above). The pricetag on the gorgeous new 4C is rumored to be about $60,000 USD. The Alfa 4C will be powered by a new lightweight aluminum 4-cylinder 1.8-liter turbocharged direct- injection engine that produces at least 200 horsepower. An additonal 5,000 to 10,000 roadster versions, likely labeled called the "Spyder" (imagine that!) , will be built by Abarth, the high-performance subsidiary of Fiat - similar to the new SRT division of Chrysler.
Alfa is aiming the 4C at Porsche Cayman and Lotus Exige/Elise buyers - not Corvette buyers. The new SRT Viper is meant to deal with the Vette in the new-car marketplace.
The 4C is part of Fiat's complete revamp of their Alfa Romeo brand - which will include a brand-new Giulia sedan, which itself will be based on the current Dodge Dart platform (which itself is a heavily revised and widened version of an existing Alfa platform) and sold in North America starting in 2014. Their is also a rumored Alfa crossover vehicle and/or SUV coming to the USA in the next 2 years as well. Fiat is trying to position the rebirth of Alfa Romeo as a viable alternative to BMW - a tall order, to say the least!
[Edited 2012-04-28 21:13:48]
[Edited 2012-04-28 21:15:11]