4Cable fu­ture

There’ll be a bit of Maserati in this sweet-look­ing Alfa

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con­cept car un­veiled at Geneva last year, the twoseater has a mid-mounted 1.8-litre tur­bocharged en­gine shared with the Gi­uli­etta QV hatch­back.

It is4m­long and has a 2.4m wheel­base and Alfa says it would weigh about 850kg, though pro­duc­tion mod­els will likely be heav­ier, lack­ing the con­cept car’s car­bon-fi­bre com­po­nents.

The 4C fol­lows the theme of the out­ra­geously ex­pen­sive, Maserati-built 8C Com­pe­tizione which, in its final Spi­der it­er­a­tion, cost the equiv­a­lent of about $280,000 in Europe. Made be­tween 2007 and 2010, that ex­otic bit of kit never made it here.

At less than one-quar­ter of the 8C’s price, the 4C is ex­pected to be a hit not only in Europe but in the US where a large slice of its sales are ex­pected to head as a hero model to Alfa’s 2013 foray into that mar­ket.

The 4C will be built along­side the Maserati Gran­cabrio and Gran­tur­ismo mod­els in Maserati’s cen­trecity Mo­dena fac­tory. Maserati’s up­com­ing new gen­er­a­tion Qu­at­tro­porte and E-class equiv­a­lent ‘‘baby Qu­at­tro­porte’’ sedan will be pro­duced at the for­mer Ber­tone plant at Turin.

About 50,000 cars are ex­pected to be made at the Turin fac­tory, pos­si­bly in­clud­ing plat­forms for some Chrysler and Fiat Group ve­hi­cles.

Maserati says with the two new sedans — and pos­si­bly its end­lessly mooted SUV — it plans to sell 50,000 cars a year by 2015.

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