2013 Geneva Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- Alfa Romeo is putting the final touches on the 4C sport coupe, but with a little help from Chrysler's SRT engineers.
- The Alfa Romeo 4C is due to lead the brand's return to the U.S. in late 2013 or early 2014.
- SRT engineers are said to be "hardening up" the 4C's chassis tuning.
TURIN, Italy — Alfa Romeo is putting the final touches on the 4C sport coupe, but with a little help from Chrysler's SRT engineers, Edmunds has learned. The production Alfa Romeo 4C is set for a debut at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show with the car making its "dynamic debut" at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the United Kingdom this summer.
The Alfa Romeo 4C is due to lead the brand's return to the U.S. in late 2013 or early 2014.
SRT engineers are said to be actively involved in the 4C's chassis development.
The SRT engineers are "hardening up" the 4C's chassis tuning and working diligently to keep the car's weight under control. SRT — short for Street and Racing Technology — was created in 2002 as Chrysler's high-performance skunkworks. It became a full-fledged brand in 2011 with an eye toward boosting the cachet of Chrysler products.
The 4C was originally envisioned as coming in with a curb weight of 1,764 pounds and price tag of 40,000 Euros or the U.S. equivalent of about $53,500. A source familiar with the program told Edmunds that the 4C is now over 1,984 pounds with a sticker approaching 60,000 Euros or over $80,000.
Speculation is rampant in Europe that Alfa will produce a special lightweight version of its 1.7-liter engine for 4C duty, but that has not been officially confirmed. The rear-drive 4C is expected to feature a lightweight carbon-fiber monocoque, a 230-horsepower turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox with paddle shifters.
The cabin of the 4C is expected to get components from the Fiat 500 Abarth.
Edmunds says: After many false dawns since Alfa pulled out of the U.S., the 4C marks the brand's long overdue return. The tinkering of SRT engineers can't help but ensure the 4C's success.