Alfa Romeo 4C

The Alfa Romeo 4C is the exciting new model from the historic Italian sportscar manufacturer picking up the mantle of the 8C, Spider, TZ, 33, Monza to name a few. Promising to be the fastest car in its segment with powerful but clean modern turbocharged engine and stunning looks. Follow the news on and development of the Alfa Romeo 4C from concept to production with alfa4c.co.uk

Maserati 4c-v8?

A few reports have surfaced saying that Maserati has its eye on the Alfa 4c as the basis for competing with the Porsche 911.

Maserati's focus had altered to new saloons and an SUV from the wider fiat parts bin. But the Modenese want to fightback with a mid-engined V8 sports car to bring the marque back to its roots.

Uk magazine Evo showed a mock up drawing speculating it would revive the GranSport name and is being pushed to fiat execs by Harald Wester, chief executive of Alfa Romeo and Maserati who will build the 4c.

Alfa Romeo 4C wins design award at Villa d'Este

Alfa 4c Villa d'Este

While I think it is pretty its always good to get a second opinion and stunning cars are guaranteed at europes most prestigious classic car event.

The 4c was entered in Concorso d'Eleganza at Villa d'Este for a design contest for concepts and prototypes. Inspired by the beauty of lake Como the 4C was declared the winner against stuff competition from Aston Martin AM310, BMW z4 zagato, Stile Bertone Jaguar B99 and Ford's EVOS concept.

Alfa Mx5

It seems ever hungry for synergies and not content with rebadged Chryslers, Alfa are seeking yet more tie-ups with other manufacturers.   They have signed a a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding for the development and manufacturing of the new Alfa Romeo spider based on Mazda’s next-gen MX-5.

Under the loose agreement Mazda and Alfa Romeo will share the rear-wheel drive platform of the next-gen MX-5 due in 2014 model. But styling and engines will be unique providing each their own identity.

Alfa-Maserati 4c

News providers Reuters are reporting that Maserati will be building 2,500 Alfa Romeo’s a year prompting speculation they will be building the 4c.

The car is said to be built in Maserati’s Modena factory from May 2013. With heavy Ferrari involvement in the Maserati factory it can only be a good thing given the massive improvement in efficiency and quality under that partnership.

Fiat are once again being ambitious in wanting Maserati to tackle the USA by making 10 times more cars by 2015 - aiming at US mainstays of sports utility vehicle and  sports sedan/saloons.

Abarth Spider

Evo magazine are reporting that the Abarth half sister to the 4c is still very much alive, despite rumours to the contrary. Quoting Ivan Gibson Abarth UK's brand manager as their source.

He went on to add that it will be a year behind the Alfa 4c if the prototype is good enough to get the go-ahead.

Power is likely to be the same unit and gearbox set-up hinting at a styling reskin. As previously reported here they say the chassis has had large chunks replaced by aluminium subframes in the in-house takeover

4c delayed until 2014

UK magazine Autocar is reporting further delays to both the introduction of the 4c and reintroduction of Alfa Romeo to the USA. They are claiming sources confirming Alfa Romeo’s US relaunch will be at the Detroit motor show in 2014 also debuting the production 4C. This is a significant delay to the earlier target of “early” 2013.

Alfa built in America - exported to Europe

USA Today have been discussing the new Dodge, Jeep and Chrysler offerings with Sergio Marchionne giving more details away on Alfa Romeo’s future direction.
He is reported as saying "There will be plants making Alfas in the United States and in Europe, I need to export to Europe from the U.S. The volumes I (can) get here are how I reintroduce Alfa to Europe.....".

Styling Influences pt3 – Zagato TZ Stradale

The long and special relationship between Alfa Romeo and  Zagato took a strange twist in 2011 with the factory officially sanctioning the manufacture of the TZ3. Why was this so different ? Alfa Romeo have been allowing variants on production cars since the 1930’s – well it is actually “very” different from any other Alfa.

It sees the re-body of Dodge Viper (in ACR-X specification no less) with an 8.4ltr v10 pushing  out 640bhp and 585 lbft. of torque. As with all the mechanicals the front engine rear-drive layout,  a long 99” wheelbase remain unchanged .

Alfa Romeo’s record UK sales

Car Dealer magazine are reporting that Alfa Romeo’s 2011 registration figures were the highest since 2002 with 11,563 cars registered. This sees their market share rise by 30.8 per cent.
Alfa Romeo attributed the success down to the latest product line-up and improving dealer network  in the top 10 for the J.D. Power UK customer satisfaction survey. Alfa went on to add the success of their highly competitive finance/incentive offers as being another major factor boosting the overall performance.

Alfa Romeo Giulietta cross dresses as the Dodge Dart

USA Today have been revealing details of what the Dodge designers have done to the once "lovely" Alfa Romeo Giulietta.

The design sees the Giulietta washed down with some bland American touches but brings small capacity engines high technology engines to the US market.

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