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Alfa announces production of 4C at Frankfurt Auto Show

by Bill Cawthon on

With a new coat of silvery paint that Alfa Romeo calls fluid metal, the 4C concept car first shown at the Geneva Auto Show has center stage at the Alfa exhibit at IAA Frankfurt. The show opens to the public tomorrow.

Alfa has now confirmed production of the 4C for 2013 and word is that it likely will lead Alfa’s return to the U.S. market.

The sleek, two-seat, rear-wheel-drive coupe was styled under the direction of Lorenzo Ramaciotti, recently appointed head of design for Chrysler and Fiat. Power comes from a turbocharged Fiat 1.8-liter 4-cylinder direct-injection engine capable of propelling the car from 0-60 in under five seconds and hitting a top speed of 155 miles per hour. Alfa says the power-to-weight ratio is as less than four kilograms per horsepower. The 4C is small; three inches shorter than a Honda Fit and fifteen inches shorter than a Ford Fiesta.

Alfa expects to build 15,000 to 20,000 of the new sports car over a five-year period. No pricing has yet been announced but the European price is estimated to be 45,000 euros (about $62,000).

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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