Vijay Pattni01 March 2011

Geneva 2011: Alfa 4C

Baby mid-engined, two-seat junior Alfa sports car is kindle to your petrolhead fire

Alfa Romeo 4C

As we say here on TG, you're not a true petrolhead unless you've owned an Alfa. And you will want to own this, the new 4C Concept.

Unveiled as one of the stars of the Geneva motor show, the baby Alfa is a ‘compact supercar' said to represent Alfa's values of performance, Italian-ness and technical excellence. What this means is an achingly beautiful sports car with added hand gestures and instant cool.

See more pics of the Alfa Romeo 4C concept car

It measures just four metres long - the same length as a Mito - and houses the Giulietta's 200bhp 1.7-litre turbocharged petrol engine mounted in the middle, powering the rear wheels. Alfa reckons it'll hit 62mph in under five and rock on to over 155mph.

Alfa has installed the TCT twin dry clutch transmission and dynamic control selector too, along with extensive use of carbon and aluminium like the 8C supercar. In fact, the whole body is said to weigh no more than 850kg, which is slightly heavier than a mosquito.

Sounds amazing, right? A mid-engined, two-seat lightweight Alfa sports car with looks to pillage and kill for and - hopefully - engaging dynamics. Here's the best bit: Alfa says it'll be on sale in 2012.

Yes - this thing is coming ‘atcha.

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