The much touted return of the Fiat-owned Alfa Romeo brand to America has been delayed for several months according to statements made by the Fiat Group. Back in January, Fiat/Chrysler boss Sergio Marchionne said that the first model - the striking mid-engine 2014 Alfa Romeo 4C -- would go on sale here by the end of 2013. Save for a few of its ultra-exotic limited-production 8C Competitzione models that trickled in between 2007-2010, Alfa has been absent from the carscape in this country since 1995. Fiat offered no details as to the cause of Alfa's later-than-promised U.S homecoming, and it's now expected that the reintroduction of this premium Italian nameplate won't happen until the second quarter of next year.
Unveiled in concept form at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show and presented there last March in formal Launch Edition spec, the stunning Alfa Romeo 4C is an exotic 2-passenger GT that matches carbon fiber and aluminum to keep its curb weight around 2,000 pounds. Fitted with a new 1.75-liter direct-injected/turbocharged 4-cylinder that makes 240 horses and 258 lb-ft of torque, which gets shipped to the rear wheels via a paddle-shifted/multi-mode 6-speed twin-dry-clutch sequential automated transmission, it can streak from 0-60 mph in less than 5.0 seconds and reach a top end of 155 mph.
While U.S. pricing has yet to be announced, the 2014 Alfa Romeo 4C is expected to start around $55,000. It will be sold through select Fiat dealers.
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