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Alfa Romeo 4C

The Alfa Romeo 4C’s highly anticipated U.S. debut later this year is drumming up all kinds of hype from a lot of dealerships looking to get a piece of the Italian sports car.

Unfortunately, not every Fiat dealership will get their hands on the 4C, at least according to Chrysler Group vice president for network development and fleet, Peter Grady.

Talking to Auto News, Grady revealed that the two-seat, rear-wheel-drive sports coupe will only be sent to the best performing Fiat dealerships. Translation: those that don’t sell enough models are out of luck.

"The 4C is the first vehicle that comes at the end of this calendar year, and it’s going to go to the current Fiat dealers that are performing," Grady told Auto News.

"So if you’re selling and you’re taking care of your customer, you’ll be first up for Alfa Romeo."

There are two ways to look at this, shall we say, "condition" set by Chrysler. One, it could set off a competitive selling frenzy amongst a lot of Fiat dealerships in the U.S. just to get a piece of the 1,000 4Cs earmarked for the U.S. each year. On the flip side, you could see a virtual monopoly of the models by a select number of dealerships that are already ahead in the sales race of Fiat models.

Grady also said that he’s willing to be flexible to dealers that are confined by a limited location and can make the necessary adjustments to ensure that they’re not left out in the cold because of their circumstances.

Instead, he put out the condition that dealers meeting sales and customer service targets will still get Alfa Romeo franchises even if their stores are in malls, as long as they attach service departments before the Alfa Romeo models arrive sometime in 2015.

Source: AutoNews

Alfa Romeo , in cooperation with European Design Institute (IED), will be unveiling a new concept car at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Named "Gloria," the new concept is an attempt in combining sports spirit and Italian style in a sedan specially designed for the American and Asian markets.

The concept is 4,700 mm (185.03 inches) long, 1,920 mm (75.59 inches) wide, 1,320 mm (51.96) high and has been built on a 2,900 mm (114.17) wheelbase. The most striking elements of the new Gloria concept include its three-dimensional hood and the leather strips on the rearmost part of the hood. The concept has been designed to fit a V6 or V8 bi-turbo engine. The unit that will be displayed in Geneva will be offered with a set of 20-inch wheels designed by OZ Racing.

The new Gloria was designed by 20 students from Italy and other countries, and will be presented in a 1-to-4 scale. Also, for the Geneva Show, the concept will be reproduced on the iPad in a virtual environment, so visitors can choose between five models of rims and five body colors.

Alfa Romeo 4C

Alfa Romeo will be unveiling the production version 4C Sports Coupe in March at the Geneva Motor Show, but a selected number of dealers have already learned pretty much all there is to know about it. We will start with the bad news: while previous rumors suggested that the 1.7-liter turbocharged inline-four engines will deliver about 300 horsepower, it has now been confirmed that the 4C will, in fact, deliver a total of 237 horsepower.

Still, because its low weight - about 1,875 pounds in the concept version - the 4C will be a strong competitor for models like the Porsche Cayman.

Now for the good news: Alfa Romeo is going to also unveil two more-powerful versions: a track-only "Racing" version and a road-legal Stradale version, both delivering a total of 266 horsepower.

Alfa Romeo will produce a total of 2,000 units, which will include coupe, roadster, Racing and Stradale versions. Prices will be kept in the same area as the Porsche Cayman, so, it will be priced somewhere in the $50k area.

Source: Carscoop
Alfa Romeo 4C

Once Alfa Romeo unveiled the 4C Concept in 2011, everyone knew it was just a matter of time before the production version hit the market. It’s been a real rollercoaster ride for the 4C and the production version was eventually delayed.

Things are now taking a turn for the better and there is now a light at the end of the tunnel for the compact sports car. Today we have the latest spy shots to prove that Alfa Romeo is pretty much done with the development of the production version 4C and set to start the production-planning phase.

As you probably expected, the production version will be pretty similar to the concept version. Under the hood, the 4C will get a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers over 300 horsepower and ushers its power to the rear wheels. Add in a total weight of only 2,200 pounds and you have a tiny coupe with stout performance numbers. In fact, rumors suggest a 0-to-60 mph sprint time of less than 5 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

Expect the new Alfa Romeo 4C to be unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, with first deliveries coming in the summer. The good news is that the new 4C will also be offered in the U.S. market – the first Alfa to hit these shores from the factory in many years.

Alfa Romeo 4C

It seems like we’ve been waiting for the Alfa Romeo 4C for over a decade now. We know it really hasn’t been that long, but the wait for this car has been real a patience-tester.

It now appears that the horizon is finally upon us; the 4C Coupe and Roadster appears to be within our sights.

At least that’s what Chrysler & Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne said at the Detroit Auto Show when he declared that the 4C will go on sale in the U.S. before the end of the year. "We’re finalizing the car now, so it should be here by the end of the year," Marchionne was quoted by The Detroit News.

Yet even that latest proclamation was met with a little confusion after a statement earlier last week pretty much said that the 4C’s U.S. debut will be delayed in light of continuing talks regarding the return of the Italian automaker on U.S. soil.

At this point, it’s probably a more prudent approach to simply wait for the car to appear in dealerships. We’ve waited long enough for the 4C, anyway. What’s another year’s worth of keeping an eye out for its debut?

At the very least, we’re waiting for a pretty spicy sports car, one that comes with a 1.8-liter turbocharged engine that develops 230 horsepower with a 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) time of less than five seconds and a top speed of 155 mph.

Source: Detroit News
Alfa Romeo Spider

For nearly six month now, there have been rumors that Mazda and Alfa Romeo were working on a deal that would have the next-gen MX-5 Miata and the upcoming Alfa Romeo roadster share a platform. Well, the ink has now reached the signature line on an official agreement between the two to co-develop a two-seat roadster. Both models will be built at Mazda’s Hiroshima plant starting 2015.

Both models will be offered in a rear-wheel-drive configuration, but each one will feature engines developed in-house. The next MX-5 for example is rumored to be powered by a 1.3-liter turbocharged unit featuring SkyActiv technology, while the next Alfa Romeo Spyder is rumored to be powered by a turbocharged 1750 cc engine capable of developing an impressive 296 horsepower. Other rumors suggest a 1.4TB engine with an output of 168 horsepower.

While we know for sure that the next Mazda will keep the usual MX-5 nomenclature, for Alfa Romeo things aren’t very sure at this point, but it has been rumored that the company plans to bring back the legendary Spyder name.

Source: AutoCar

We have all been patiently awaiting more information on the spiritual successor to the 8C Competizione, the Alfa Romeo 4C, but Alfa has kept its information pretty close to its vest. Finally, after much speculation and wondering as to whether this much-anticipated model would ever actually see the light of day, it has been confirmed. Well, sort of.

Alfa has released an image that announces that the “Car to end all cars is nigh,” which we can only assume points to the 4C’s official release. The image also alludes to the fact that this new ride will roll into showrooms sometime in 2013, so the wait will soon be over!

Now, the question remains whether the 4C will make its debut before June and be a 2013 model year in the U.S., or will it arrive a little later as a 2014 model year. There are many more questions surrounding the 4C as well, like what engine will it feature? The concept model featured a relatively modest, yet powerful enough, 1,750 cc four-banger and we wouldn’t be surprised to see this 200-plus-horsepower powerplant make its way to production.

We’ll keep you updated on its exact debut date once Alfa releases it from its cold, dead fingers… Yeah, Alfa Romeo has no issue keeping secrets.

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When a car is in its testing stages, most engineers will push it to the limits of survival, be it the icy cold terrain, the unbearing heat of Death Valley or the sharp corners at The Ring. They do it for a living. So they’re, what we call, "lucky"...

But not all tests can yield perfect tests. Like this Alfa Romeo 4C in the video above, for instance.

Most sportscars don’t really cooperate well under harsh weather conditions and slippery roads. This video proves just about that.

Thanks to the not-so-good traction on the road, the Italian sportscar had skidded and landed into a ditch by the side of the road- that’s what we assume- and looks like it is in need of a tow. Luckily, the engineers had a another car during the test.

Unluckily, that car was a prototype of what looks like a Maserati Ghibli, a car not exactly your everyday towing vehicle.

With the Alfa Romeo 4C production version launch delayed, Alfa can’t stand another setback like this. And neither do the handful of fans they have.

Alfa Romeo 4C

Now that we have official confirmation that Alfa Romeo is set to return to the U.S. market, it’s time to focus a little bit on the models they are going to offer here. One of the U.S. models will be the much-anticipated 4C sports coupe and today we have our rendering of the 4C for you.

The upcoming 4C will be built on an all-new mid-engine platform, and will use plenty of aluminum and carbon fiber in an attempt to keep the weight below 2,000 pounds. Under the hood, Alfa Romeo will place a 1.7-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine that will deliver a total of 250 horsepower and mate to a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It is anticipated to hit 60 mph in less than 5 seconds and feature an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

The model will go on sale in 2014 and prices will start from about $45K.

Alfa Romeo SUV

Alfa Romeo is preparing to make an impressive comeback to the US market with four new models. One of them is the company’s long rumored compact crossover SUV . The model - unnamed, but rumored to be called CXover - will be built on the same platform as the next generation Jeep Liberty and will target models like the Audi Q5 and the BMW X3 .

Alfa Romeo will offer both front-drive and all-wheel drive variants, and a full engine line-up including a 1750 TC GDI that delivers 200 HP, a 2.0-liter JTDm diesel unit with 140 HP, and a 3.3 liter variant of Chrysler’s Pentastar V6 engine that delivers a total of 275 HP. It has also been rumored that a new 9-speed automatic transmission will find its way into the new SUV.

Expect to see the new Alfa Romeo SUV launched sometime in 2013, more than likely at the Geneva Motor Show.

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