Giulia leads Alfa’s charge
A PIVOTAL year approaches for Alfa Romeo as 2012 signals startling changes to its line-up.
Bounding out of parent Fiat’s grasp of Chrysler and its resulting sales pathway direct to the huge US market, Alfa’s plans for next year include the launch of a new SUV, a mid-size Giulia sedan to replace the 159, and a return to its sporting roots with a sensational midengine coupe.
The Alfa Romeo 4C coupe, an unexpected inclusion on the Geneva motor show stand this year, has gone within six months from concept to a build date and even an estimated price tag.
The 4C is a street-ready enhancement of Alfa’s 33 Stradale of 1967.
Like the Stradale, which was based on the (then) 33 model, the 4C model is based on Giulietta components.
But instead of a frontengine, front-drive layout, the 4m-long, 850kg 4C coupe puts its 150kW 1.8-litre fourcylinder turbocharged engine behind the two seats and driving the rear wheels.
Alfa insiders say its good for a 0-100km/h sprint of less than five seconds and a po- tential top of 250km/h. Pricing is expected to be about Euro 45,000 which equates to a BMW 335i Coupe — about $130,000 in Australia.
Initially, Alfa suggested global production of only 1500 units but more recent news is that it will make 4000 a year.
In addition, it will build up to 10,000 roadster versions— over an unspecified time — for the Fiat Group’s specialist performance arm Abarth.
The 4C will be the first affordable rear-drive two-door sports car since the Duetto Spider of 1994.
Alfa made 1000 8C models — using Maserati engines — in 2007 and 2008 but these were made only in left-hand drive and priced at about Euro 200,000.
The new mid-size Giulia sedan will be launched by Alfa Romeo next year to replace the 159