Hardtop to be joined by Alfa Romeo 4C convertible

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Alfa Romeo 4C

An Alfa Romeo 4C convertible is getting the green light for production, due out in 2014. Photo Credit: Noebu/Wikimedia Commons/CC-BY-SA

Alfa Romeo is going to be making it’s full return to the United States after a long absence, though parts of one already are here as the Dodge Dart. One of the first is going to be the 4C roadster, and an Alfa Romeo 4C convertible to follow with it.

Alfa Romeo 4C convertible to go with sumptuous roadster

Many gearheads would probably agree that it isn’t much of a stretch to say that the Alfa Romeo 8C roadster was one of the most gorgeous cars in the past decade. Probably not the absolute prettiest, but easily on a top ten list of the most striking cars of the “noughties,” as they were called.

Since then, it has come to pass that Alfa Romeo is following the 8C, a long-nosed grand tourer, with a small, lightweight roadster, the 4C. The concept car is just as striking as it’s older brother, with gorgeous lines and sumptuous curves that are quite arousing. The car universe did grin and the gearheads did feast upon the lambs, sloths, fruitbats, orangutans, breakfast cereals and so forth.

Not only that, but the 4C is slated to be the “halo car” of Alfa’s return to the United States. However, along with the normal edition with the hard top, but a greenlight has been given to an Alfa Romeo 4C convertible, according to Auto Guide.

Topless version to bow in 2014

The hard-top version of the Alfa Romeo 4C is going to make it’s auto show debut sometime in 2013. Initially, the production version of the car was going to get its denouement at the 2014 Detroit auto show, but apparently that wasn’t soon enough. Ostensibly, that means that it will probably go on sale that summer or that fall as a 2014 model, so keep eyes peeled for one at any dealership from L.A. to Miller Dodge Chrysler Jeep in Pennsylvania.

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The Alfa Romeo 4C convertible will go on sale the following year. It isn’t known if it’s going to be called the Spider or Spyder, or something to that effect, as that was the name of the Alfa Romeo probably most-remembered by Americans. Whether or not they’ll get Dustin Hoffman to drive one in adverts isn’t known either.

According to CBS, production may even be shifted to the United States. Given that Chrysler is owned by Fiat, as is Alfa Romeo, it would make sense to do so. One might ponder if the Alfa Romeo 4C might, perchance to dream, be given the SRT treatment.

One mighty mouse

The Alfa Romeo 4C, and by extension the Alfa Romeo 4C Convertible will be compact and light-weight, intended to compete with the Porsche Boxster, BMW Z4, Mercedes SLK and Lotus Elise. The car will be about 13 feet long, according to Top Gear, and isn’t going to look a whole lot different than the concept.

According to AutoGuide, the body is going to employ a good amount of light-weight materials like composites, carbon fiber and high-strength aluminum to keep the weight under 2,000 pounds. The power plant will be a 230 horsepowerturbo-charged inline four-cylinder, which should shoot the car to 62 miles per hour from rest in just over 4 seconds.

It also isn’t going to be cheap. The target price for the car is going to be about $55,000, so those will be some big payments on a big auto loan amount. Then again, it might just be worth it.



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