Coupe of­fers racy edge

NT News - Motoring - - CARS GUIDE - By PAUL GOVER

THIS gor­geous new Alfa Romeo 4C is set for Aus­tralia.

The sexy Ital­ian coupe was only re­vealed this week in Europe but is al­ready booked for Down Un­der de­liv­er­ies in 2014.

The high-tech hero car leads a prod­uct-led re­vival for Fiat and Alfa Romeo which is ex­pected to boost value and in­crease the model mix for brands that are twinned with Chrylser in Aus­tralia un­der a global merger.

The 4C prom­ises ev­ery­thing from a car­bon fi­bre chas­sis and rorty 1.7-litre turbo petrol en­gine to fi­nal as­sem­bly in the same fac­tory that builds up­mar­ket Maserati models.

But it’s likely to be a costly car with a Porschestyle pric­etag on the far side of $100,000.

Con­fir­ma­tion of the 4C comes this week as Fiat Chrysler Group goes pub­lic with its plans from 2013 into the fu­ture.

‘‘The car will ar­rive in Aus­tralian deal­er­ships in around Q3 2014,’’ says Alex Tam, di­rec­tor of prod­uct strat­egy.

‘‘The wait is fi­nally over for the 4C. The fi­nal pro­duc­tion ver­sion will be re­vealed next month at the Geneva mo­tor show.

‘‘The 4C will set new stan- dards . . . and mark the re­nais­sance of Alfa Romeo on the world stage.’’

The 4C — with a name tap­ping the Alfa her­itage back to the 1930s— is a pure two-seater that is spun out from the lim­ited-edi­tion 8C Com­pe­tizione. It is less than 2m long, 200mm wide and has rear-wheel drive with the en­gine in the nose.

It is likely to go nose-tonose with the Porsche Cay­man as Alfa prom­ises a power-to-weight ra­tio less than 4kg for ev­ery horse­power, as well as a twin­clutch gear­box in­cor­po­rat­ing a ‘‘race’’ mode.

Alfa Romeo is hop­ing to cap­ture the imag­i­na­tion of global cus­tomers with its stylish 4C. The car will ar­rive in Aus­tralia next year

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