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