Alfa Romeo will Make its North American Return at the New York Auto Show
After numerous starts and stops, Alfa Romeo’s return to North America now has a definitive date. The Italian automaker has cirlced the 2014 New York International Auto Show as the date when it finally touches down (again) on American soil with the presentation of the Alfa Romeo 4C.
Sans the very-limited 8C action.
And outside of the NAIAS, you can make a case that the New York Auto Show is as big a stage for Alfa Romeo to introduce the 4C in the American market. So there’s a lot riding here for Alfa Romeo, particularly how well it’s going to be received by a new client base, a majority of which are probably young enough not to remember the last time the company was catering to this part of the world.
This bit of news, plus the recent proclamation by Alfa’s head of marketing Alberto Cavaggioni that a new update is in the cards for the 4C every year for the next four or five years, should make for tremendous interest in the 4C in the US.
Click past the jump to read more about the Alfa Romeo 4C
Alfa Romeo unveiled the production version 4C at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, after the first concept version was unveiled the previous year.
The 4C is powered by a new, turbocharged, 1,742 cc, four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 240 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque between 2,100 and 4,000 rpm, with 80 percent of the torque available from 1,800 rpm. The engine is mated to an innovative Alfa TCT twin-dry-clutch, six-speed automatic transmission. This combo sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and up to a top speed of 160 mph.
For the U.S. market the 4C is rumored to be priced at a little over $50k.