Britain’s Autocar is reporting that the production version of the 2013 Alfa Romeo 4C Concept Car could debut next summer, not at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show as originally projected. If that’s the case, production cars could hit dealer inventory by the end of 2013, or in early 2014.
Word has it that the 2013 Alfa Romeo 4C Concept Car will also be produced at two sites, meaning that the North American version (if it's any different from the European car) could be assembled locally. In addition to announcing the production plans of the new 2013 Alfa Romeo 4C Concept Car, Maserati plans to ramp up its operations and will build up to 50,000 of its own trident-badged cars by 2015, an increase of 10 times the cars it currently build
The 2013 Alfa Romeo 4C Concept Car that made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in 2011 is a small lightweight sports car. The 2013 Alfa Romeo 4C Concept Car is a rear-wheel drive mid-engine design that will weight less than 1870 pounds. If the production model gets the same engine as the concept car, it will be powered by a 1.7-liter, direct-injected turbo four-cylinder used in various cars across the Fiat line. The turbocharged engine has 200-plus horsepower and reports say possibly more than 250 when it reaches production. The transmission 2013 Alfa Romeo 4C Concept Car has mated to a new automatic “Alfa TCT” twin dry clutch transmission. The engine power resulting a total output of 200 HP and the engine will sprint the concept from 0 to 60 mph in just 5 seconds, while top speed goes up to 155 mph. The 2013 Alfa Romeo 4C Concept Car also comes with an extremely sophisticated suspension layout. The suspension using high quadrilateral at the front and MacPherson at the rear. The kind of suspension has combined with a rear-wheel drive system offers a weight distribution of 40% on the front axle and 60% on the rear axle.
The 2013 Alfa Romeo 4C Concept Car's light weight is made possible through the extensive use of carbon fiber throughout the vehicle and it should produce sub-five-second 0-to-60-mph times. Weight distribution is reported to be 40-percent front/60-percent rear, with the engine mated to a dual-clutch gearbox. The 2013 Alfa Romeo 4C Concept Car is equipped with Alfa’s “DNA” chassis-adjustment system that includes Dynamic, Normal, and All-Weather modes.
The body of the 2013 Alfa Romeo 4C Concept Car is made entirely from carbon fiber and plays a role in its structural integrity. Underneath, the subframe is formed largely from aluminum with the suspension consisting of multiple links in the front and struts out back. The combination of light weight and the power-to-weight ratio suggests the performance of the 2013 Alfa Romeo 4C Concept Car will be on par with that of a Porsche Cayman.
Alfa Romeo has announcing this 2013 Alfa Romeo 4C Concept Car is not only a design exercise. They said the Alfa Romeo 4C will go into production in 2012 in an attempt to reinforce Alfa Romeo’s global growth. The new model will be the first Alfa Romeo 4C USA which will be offered in the US and will hop onto the market in late 2012. Alfa plans to build 15,000 to 20,000 units of the 4C coupe over five years and another 5,000 to 10,000 roadsters will be built by Abarth. In Europe, prices will start from about about 45,000 euros, around $61,000 at the current exchange rates for 2013 Alfa Romeo 4C Concept Car price.