Italian brand's mini Ferrari breaks cover ahead of Geneva debut.
Alfa Romeo has revealed the final production version of its exciting 4C coupe ahead of its public debut at the Geneva motor show next month.
The Italian sports-car brand today released two images of the lightweight mid-engined coupe but is holding out on technical information until its Geneva premiere.
The images confirm little has changed in the styling of the car from the concept that was first shown at the Swiss show two years ago.
Alfa Romeo did confirm the car will be powered by an uprated version of the 1.75-litre turbo four-cylinder found in the Guilietta QV with a version of its six-speed twin clutch gearbox adapted to rear-wheel drive. It claimed the 4C will have a power-to-weight ratio of 4kg/hp but did not mention specific power outputs or the kerb weight of the car.
What that is likely to equate to is a car weighing less than 1000kg with at least 180kW, which should mean rapid acceleration. Its 0-100km/h sprint time is likely to be in the mid four-second bracket. Its combination of minimum weight and healthy power should also ensure lithe handling from the little sports car.
The 4C rides on a wheelbase less than 2400mm, is no longer than 4.0 metres, is 2.0m wide and sits just 1.18m high.
The two-seater cockpit has exposed carbon fibre to highlight its lightweight construction and features a four-mode driving system - dubbed Alfa DNA - that transforms the driving experience to suit different conditions, including a Race mode designed specifically for track use.
The 4C will be built by Alfa Romeo's sister brand, Maserati, at its factory in Modena, with production scheduled to commence later this year. It is expected to arrive in Australian showrooms early in 2014.
Alfa Romeo is expected to add convertible and hard-core track variants of the 4C in the future.