Alfa Romeo released photos on Feb. 25 of the interior of the new Alfa Romeo 4C two-seater sports car that is going to be debuted at the Geneva Auto Show in March.
This reveal and the Geneva debut are attracting lots of attention from Alfa enthusiasts in the U.S.
According to Alfa Romeo parent Fiat, the Alfa Romeo brand is returning to the U.S. by the end of 2013 following an absence of almost two decades.
The first Alfa Romeo to return will be the 2014 Alfa Romeo 4C two-seater that debuts at the Geneva Auto Show in March.
Many will remember its introduction as a concept car two years ago at the Geneva Auto Show.
The production Alfa Romeo 4C is very similar to the original concept in its aerodynamic styling with a mid-engine layout, jetfighter-style cockpit and rear wheel drive power train fitted into a body of carbon fibre integrated with an aluminum frame.
This sleek two-seater will measure about 13 feet front to back with about a 93-inch wheelbase, a height around four feet and a curb weight of around 2,000 pounds.
The Alfa Romeo 4C should be extremely quick powered by the same engine that powers the Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV. The mid-mounted 1.7-liter direct injected and turbocharged four-cylinder aluminum block engine delivers around 240 hp and is mated to a seven-speed TCT dual-clutch transmission.
The transmission offers full automatic mode as well as a manual mode complete with paddle shifters.
It is reported that performance estimates suggest a 0-60 time of around 4.5 seconds and a limited top speed of 155 mph.
The interior photos just released show heavily bolstered seats wrapped in leather and finished with contrasting red stitching. Carbon fiber trim is found throughout the interior complementing its use in the chassis and body.
The cockpit is simple and functional. The 4C has two seats and a basic look for the dash which is driver focused and accented by carbon fiber and aluminum.
Production of the 2014 Alfa Romeo 4C will take place at a Maserati plant in Modena, Italy.
Pricing is not yet being revealed, but have seen estimates of $55,000 to $60,000.
With production numbers said to be limited to about 2,500 units, it is very likely that, pricing will be bid up as the Alfa Romeo 4C's begin to arrive.
And now the word is circulating that there is a convertible being planned to arrive sometime in 2014.
Alfa enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting both.
The unanswered question so far is what North American brand channel Fiat will use to market the new Alfa Romeo 4C. I do know that there is considerable interest from the Fiat brand group in the U.S.
My sources tell me that it is still undecided.