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Alfa Romeo Considering More Powerful 4C, Improved Version for the US Market

Alfa Romeo Considering More Powerful 4C, Improved Version for the US Market

The Alfa Romeo 4C still hasn’t arrived in the U.S. and yet, company executives are already thinking of building more performance-oriented versions of the low-volume sports car. Company CEO Harald Wester made the proclamation, telling Automotive News that while the 4C already has the makings of an impressive sports car, there’s still plenty of room for improvement, especially if it wants to be as big of a hit in the U.S. market as it is in Europe.

This rationale looks to confirm Alfa’s previous announcement that it plans to make annual updates of the 4C in the next four or five years, including the possibility of even building a more performance-oriented version that could appeal to a U.S. market that prefers sports cars that also have the added luxury appeal.

One of the first things Wester brought up was the potential for the 4C’s chassis to handle more power while also tinkering with the car’s turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. "We are only at 134 horsepower per liter, so there is space," Wester told Automotive News.

As for the U.S.-spec 4Cs, Alfa remains cognizant in its belief that offering a European-spec 4C to a U.S. market is a bad business move. That’s why it’s building a different spec 4C that has better equipment to go along with its own share of technical changes. That includes putting in place a different monocoque, reinforcing the suspension, and adding new and improved headlights that we all first saw on the 4C Spider.

Or in the words of Wester, "a significant overhaul."

With all these changes expected for the U.S.-spec Alfa Romeo 4C, you can be sure that the cars are going to command a steep price. Alfa has yet to announce the price, but reportedly the base 4C will retail for about $55,000 with a top-of-the-line, fully-loaded model fetching close to $70,000.

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Spy Shots: Mazda MX-5 and Alfa Romeo Spider Mule Laps the Nurburgring

Mazda and Alfa Romeo announced some time ago that they plan to join forces for the development of a small sports car that will replace the current MX-5 for Mazda and will revive the Spider for Alfa Romeo.

Today, we present to you the first mule of this upcoming project that we caught testing at the Nurburgring.

Both models will be built on a totally new chassis that features weight-saving technology to help reduce the total weight by about 220 pounds when compared to the current MX-5. Also, shared between the models is a new rear-wheel-drive system. Though they will be mechanically similar, the Mazda and Alfa models will look completely different from one another.

When it comes to the engine lineup, rumors suggest that the Alfa Romeo version will feature a four-cylinder, turbocharged gasoline engine with an output of about 150 horsepower. The Mazda roadster will get a 1.3-liter, turbocharged powerplant featuring SkyActiv technology and the same 150 horsepower.

It is unclear as to when the two models will hit the market, but rumors point toward the Mazda version will hit the market first with the Alfa Romeo version coming 6 to 12 months later.

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2014 Alfa Romeo 4C Roadster

2014 Alfa Romeo 4C Roadster

The new Alfa Romeo 4C was officially unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, but only in its coupe version. However, officials from the Italian company have already confirmed that the 4C will also be offered in roadster, Racing and Stradale versions. All four versions, including the coupe, will be limited to only 2,000 units.

The roadster version will be the first to arrive and its official debut likely won’t happen until September, at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, but until then, we have created a pretty cool rendering that might help you imagine how it will look.

As no surprise, it will borrow everything from the coupe version, except the soft-top that can be opened and close in just a few of seconds.

Just like with the coupe, the roadster version will feature a carbon-fiber body, combined with a frame made of a hybrid of steel and aluminum. Total weight will be kept at the same 850 kg (1,873 pounds) area, meaning the roadster version will deliver pretty much the same performance figures.

Under the hood, the roadster will keep the same four-cylinder 1,750 cc turbocharged engine that will deliver a total of 200 horsepower and will be mated to an innovative Alfa TCT automatic twin-dry-clutch transmission that ships power to the rear wheels.

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Spy shots: Alfa Romeo 4C Caught in its Final Testing Phase

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.

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TopSpeed Rendering: 2014 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.

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TopSpeed Rendering: 2014 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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2014 Alfa Romeo Spider

2014 Alfa Romeo Spider

Alfa Romeo stopped production of their Spider model in 2010, but a leaked internal document has revealed that the Spider will be headed back intot he scene in 2014. The new Spider will be one of the models Alfa Romeo will offer as part of their return to the US market, an obvious move considering the Spider’s previous success on our side of the pond.

The 2014 Alfa Romeo Spider will take its design inspiration from the 2uettottanta revealed by Pininfarina at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. However, unlike the 2uettottanta Concept, the production version Spider will have to adopt a more "road-going" design language. This will include the addition of bigger and higher headlamps with LED lights, as opposed to the previously used in the concept. Larger air intakes will also be added, among other things.

As for the engine options, Alfa Romeo may choose to use a four-cylinder turbocharged engine featuring Multi-Air infusion system with direct injection. There are also rumors stating that the next Spider may get a V-6 twin-turbo engine.

The previous Spider has been long criticized for its non-sporty appearance, but the new model will solve that problem, becoming a very serious competitor for models like the BMW Z4 and the Mercedes-Benz SLK.

UPDATE 11/18/2011: According to Auto Express, the long-rumored two-seater Alfa Romeo sports car will have one model in its sights when the car finally hits production: the Mazda MX-5 Miata. Seeing as the MX-5 is considered the holy grail of two-seater sports cars, Alfa Romeo definitely has its work cut out for them if they hope to even get a sniff of the rarefied air the MX-5 enjoys.

Alfa Romeo’s focus with Spyder is to develop a vehicle with a minimal total weight and compact dimensions. It will be built on a totally new chassis that will feature weight-saving technologies to help it weigh less than 2200 lbs, or about 220 lbs lighter than the current MX-5. For the engine, Alfa Romeo has borrowed a four-cylinder turbocharged petrol unit, detuned to a total of 150 HP.

The new Spyder is rumored to be priced at around $40K.

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Rendering: Alfa Romeo 4C GTA Spider

Rendering: Alfa Romeo 4C GTA Spider

The Alfa Romeo 4C GTA Concept certainly proved to be one heck of a model after its debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, and the fact that Alfa Romeo already confirmed its production in 2012 was just music to our ears. What’s makes this bit of news even more entertaining is that Alfa is also planning a Spyder version of the 4C GTA, which is set to be revealed in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. If feedback is as positive for the Spyder as it was for the original concept, then the rendering provided may just be what it will look like.

As a reminder, the 4C GTA concept is powered by a 4-cylinder 1750 Turbo Petrol engine that delivers an impressive 200 HP and is mated to an automatic twin dry clutch transmission. With this type of power sitting under the hood, the concept will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in under 5 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited to 155mph. The coupe version weighs only 1,800 pounds, but the Spyder version will be a tad heavier due to the addition of the roof.

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Exclusive: 2013 Alfa Romeo Spider Rendering

Exclusive: 2013 Alfa Romeo Spider Rendering

TopSpeed has some new renderings of what the next Alfa Romeo Spider will look like and it looks simply amazing. We all know that Alfa Romeos have always looked sensational and have always delivered that brilliant driving experience that can only be felt if you’ve owned one. They aren’t the fastest and they aren’t the most practical, but their unique design and lovable charm is what makes an Alfa, an Alfa.

The car is based on the Pininfarina 2uettotanta concept shown in Geneva and, based on how well it was received by the public, these new renderings might be an accurate representation of what the model will look like when it’s put into production.

Yet, as is the way with these things, health and safety folks are going to require a few changes before the car goes on sale. First off, the lights will need to be bigger and positioned higher. The LED lights that are currently on the car probably won’t be the only light source, so a blend of normal headlights and LEDs seem more logical. The air intakes need to be enlarged to ensure proper cooling for the V6 that will be under the hood.

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Alfa Romeo 6C 3200 Cento Rendering

Alfa Romeo 6C 3200 Cento Rendering

An independent Dutch/Italian design company by the name of 1754 Fuori dell’ ordinario have created a design study to celebrate Alfa Romeo’s 100 years of automaking history. Called the Alfa Romeo 6C 3200 Cento, named after the number of cylinders found in the vehicle, the 6C 3200 Cento was inspired by the beautiful spiders and historic racers from Alfa Romeo.

The 6C 3200 Cento has the aesthetic styling of a spider with classic Alfa Romeo touches. It also resembles the 2uettottanta concept from Pininfarina although the V-shaped grille is more pronounced and extends to a V-shaped bonnet as seen on theAlfa Romeo 159. The line of the 6C extends smoothly down the car and finishes with a subtle spoiler. The deep sunken headlights also add to the Alfa Romeo style.

The engine for the Alfa Romeo 6C 3200 Cento was chosen by the designers as the 3.2L V6 found in the Alfa Romeo 156 GTA. This engine provides a galloping 250hp at 6200rpm. The fun doesn’t end there as the power transforms into beautiful music as it escapes the exhaust.

So is this design a go or a no? Let us know what you think.

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2010 Alfa Romeo 8C GTA

2010 Alfa Romeo 8C GTA

Is Alfa Romeo preparing a new 8C Competizione? Well, if recent viewings of prototypes caught testing have any say in it (which they always do) then we would have to say, “Yes!” It also helps that we have been hearing about this version for a few years now so production pretty much seems to be set in stone at this point. The new Competizione will be called the Alfa Romeo 8C GTA (Gran Turismo Allegerito) and is said to be a more exotic version of the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione.. It is also said to be modeled after the classic 1965 Giulia Sprint GTA. Pictures of the new Alfa Romeo 8C GTA have already been floating around the web, but here are some nice renderings of the new beast that will surely tickle some fancies.

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Students come up with design study for the new Alfa Romeo Spider

Students come up with design study for the new Alfa Romeo Spider

If you ever find yourself wondering who the brains are behind the new Alfa Romeo Spider, you might want to try and remember these three names: Alberto Gaiani, Massimo Paparella and Michela Zedda. These three are students from the Politecnico di Milano University in Italy and they’re responsible for this stylishly sexy study of the Alfa Spider.

The study, which was done in conjunction with the Italian automaker, focuses on a completely re-tooled version of the Spider that infuses both the car’s old-school inspiration in the iconic Duetto and combines it with the previous generation Spider of the 90’s and the wedge-shaped profile it came in.

According to Samuel Codegoni, a professor at PMU who assisted the three students in their design study, "One of the main ideas that drove this project was to express a sense of tension in action"

The study looks drop-dead gorgeous, if you ask us. It’s clean, aggressive, and decidedly more cutting edge in terms of its styling cues when compared to the prior models of the same line. We don’t know if Alfa Romeo will use this design for the next Spider, but we do know that these students should be given an ’A’ for their handiwork.

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Alfa Romeo prepares 8C Competizione GTA

Alfa Romeo prepares 8C Competizione GTA

TheAlfa Romeo 8C Competizione is a great car, no doubt about that. After all, if you think about it, there is not a single tuner in the world that dared to change even a little bit of it. Plainly said, it was perfect just as it was. Now, the only people that wish to change it are the ones entitled to do so. Recent spy shots reveal that Alfa Romeo is about to unveil a GTA (Gran Turismo Allegerito) version for the 8C just in time to celebrate their centennial anniversary!

The Italian company has decided to make it even better by adding 50HP and dropping 150 kilograms of weight. Under the hood there will be the same 4.7 liter V8 engine, but recalibrated to deliver a total of 500 HP. The gearbox will also receive minor changes. Next to the engine upgrades, the 8C GTA will feature many carbon fiber elements that will help the weight reduction.

The new Alfa Romeo 8C GTA will be unveiled sometime this year and will be limited to only 100 units.

Alfa Romeo may have plans to add the GTA logo to the back of the MiTo as well. Stay tuned for more details on the future of both of these vehicles!

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Americans to see Alfa Romeo Giulia in 2012?

First it was the Alfa Romeo 156, next came theAlfa Romeo 159, and now plans for the Alfa Romeo Giulia are full speed ahead. Based on a longer and wider platform than the 159, the Giulia will have a McPherson front axle with a twin-link rear suspension and will feature the new Multiair V6 engines. This engine is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and will produce up to 300bhp. The vehicle will come as a front wheel drive, but will have the platform to support four wheel drive.

We are happy to hear that the Giulia will not come in a hatchback like its brothers, the MiTo and Milano. We are not big fans of hatchbacks and we can safely say that neither are most Americans considering Alfa Romeo’s decision to not offer the MiTo and Milano in the US. Instead Alfa Romeo has decided to make its US comeback with the Alfa Romeo Giulia being offered as a four-door saloon and a five-door sport wagon. Renderings, like the one shown above, show a more rounded, modern shape to the new Giulia as opposed to the boxier shapes of the previous Giulia models.

The Alfa Romeo Giulia will be introduced to European markets in 2011 with an American debut in 2012. Alfa Romeo has plans to sell 100,000 units per year and is even considering a lightweight Q2 350bhp Autodelta edition.

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Design student renders concept of Alfa Romeo Montreal

Design student renders concept of Alfa Romeo Montreal

Most of us who don’t have the skills to draw will never be able to improve on something like stick figures, let alone design a concept model of a car. But for those who have the talent, it becomes a question of how far your imagination can take you.

Like what they say; when you have it, you have it.

20-year old design student Davide Varenna sure has it and his designing skill isn’t any more evident than this study he made of the Alfa Romeo Montreal for the "Stile Italiano Giovani 2010" competition organized by ANFIA.
It’s hard enough to make a rendering of a timeless classic like the Montreal but Varenna doesn’t seem to have had much problem doing so.

By adopting a lot of elements from the original Montreal, including the deep headlights, the contours of the windows and doors and the hood-mounted NACA duct. Apart from these, the Vareena’s design is completely the work of his imagination.

Very impressive, to say the least.

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Pininfarina releases new teaser sketch for proposed Alfa Romeo concept

Pininfarina releases new teaser sketch for proposed Alfa Romeo concept

Alfa Romeo and notable design house are both celebrating anniversaries this year so it was a logical move for both companies to figure into a partnership of sorts. The result of that collaboration is a new Alfa Romeo concept that celebrates both Alfa’s 100th anniversary and Pininfarina’s 80th anniversary.

There aren’t a lot of details about the car that have been released yet although Pininfarina did come out with a couple of teasers in the past with the latest being released only today.

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Special edition Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione spotted in Ukraine

Special edition Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione spotted in Ukraine

Ukraine is hardly one of the places people travel to in search of exotic cars. But that doesn’t mean that these rare beasts can’t be found there either.

Our friends from the Eastern European nation were kind enough to send us shots of an Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione out on the road. We know that only 500 of these cars have been made and our giddy Ukranian friends were humble enough to mention that one such model in their homeland is more than just one of the 500.

This particaluar car comes with a “Qudrifoglio” emblem, which means that the car comes with special edition tunings that only 20 other 8C Competizione’s can boast of. Short of saying, this particular car is a limited edition of a special edition.

These ultra-rare Alfa’s come with a completely different interior furnish, wheel disks that are said to be 40% lighter than those that come in the traditional models, and, last but not least, two unmistakable quadrifoliate clover badges in the car.

I guess we’re going to have to recant what we said. Super duper exotics do exist in Ukraine.

Photos courtesy of Topgir Ukraine.

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Alfa Romeo 8C GTA rendering

Alfa Romeo 8C GTA rendering

The Italian automaker, Alfa Romeo is hard at work preparing a factory tuned GTA version for their hottest model at the moment, the carbon fiber constructed 8C. The new car is set to debut sometime next year and will take its inspiration from the classic 1965 Giulia Sprint GTA. The exterior of this particular Alfa Romeo 8C GTA rendering shows how the Italian automakers could go with a touring car style front bumper that incorporates very large air intakes with a very low and a wide front splitter made from what looks like carbon fiber, this setup allows the engine to breathe while keeping the front end planted at high speed. This automotive designer also incorporated a set of larger vents in the front fenders located directly behind the front wheels to continue the functional racing theme started with the nose. However we doubt that when it goes into production that Alfa would choose to slather their logo across the hood like that.

The car will tip the scales at 1,450 kg that is about 150 kg less than the standard 8C Competizione and make use of tuned variant of the high revving 4.7 Liter V8, with this much displacement, the output of the Italian engine will go up to around 500 HP. The additional grunt means that the 8C GTA will be able to make a 0 to 60 MPH sprint in less than 4 seconds, while the top speed will be raised to 200 MPH.

Alfa Romeo is planning to build only 100 units of this particular high performance model, each wearing a price tag of £200,000. That’s about $282,000 here in America, and it’s really not that much when you consider that you a buying a high performance variant of an already outstanding automobile.

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Alfa Romeo 8C GTA rendered

Alfa Romeo 8C GTA rendered

The Italian automaker, Alfa Romeo is hard at work preparing a factory tuned GTA version for their hottest model at the moment, the carbon fiber constructed 8C. The new car is set to debut sometime next year and will take its inspiration from the classic 1965 Giulia Sprint GTA. The exterior of the Alfa Romeo 8C GTA will feature few race inspired cutouts in the hood like an old Ferrari race car. Up front the nose with be covered in ice-white which makes a beautiful contrast with the rest of the red bodywork as well as a few of the carbon fiber bits, like the front splitter and side skirts. The car will tip the scales at 1,450 kg that is about 150 kg less than the standard 8C Competizione.

Under the vented bonnet, Alfa Romeo will make use of a tuned variant of the high revving 4.7 Liter V8, with this much displacement, the output of the Italian engine will go up to around 500 HP. The additional grunt means that the 8C GTA will be able to make a 0 to 60 MPH sprint in less than 4 seconds, while the top speed will be raised to 200 MPH.

Alfa Romeo is planning to build only 100 units of this particular high performance model, each wearing a price tag of £200,000. That’s about $282,000 here in America, and it’s really not that much when you consider that you a buying a high performance variant of an already outstanding automobile.

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2011 Alfa Romeo Giulia

2011 Alfa Romeo Giulia

After the Italian automaker Alfa Romeo gets done working on the new Milano, they will be focusing their attention to the all new Giulia, a new three box sedan that will replace the dated 159. The future Giulia is set to debut sometime in the next two years and will be priced at around $35,000.

Like the future Milano, the new Giulia will use the Fiat Group’s new C-Evo platform, meaning that it will be offered with a front-wheel drive layout powered by a range of new engines, including a gas burning 1.75 Liter turbocharged unit making 200 HP and the all new 1.4 Liter Multiair power plant pumping out anywhere from 150 HP to 170 HP. As far as alternatively fueled options go, Alfa will offer a diesel burning 2.0 Liter JTDM engine making 170 HP as well as a 1.9 Liter TwinTurbo unit cranking out 190 HP.

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