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We’ll give you a moment to take in the picture above.

Back to earth yet? It’s not entirely official in any way, and it’s not even real, but instead a render created by’s good friend Jon Sibal. It’s an Alfa Romeo 4C imagined as a hardcore ‘RS’ type sportscar, and it looks jolly good to us.

Why, you might ask, are we showing you a picture of a hot Alfa 4C? Because earlier this week, we spent some time in the company of Alfa Romeo’s enthusiastic senior bods to talk all things 4C, and they let us in to a little secret: the 4C will be constantly treated to a series of yearly upgrades to keep it cooking.

While the first of those upgrades includes a ‘Spider’ version - the one we saw at Geneva earlier this month - and the option of putting the Spider’s prettier headlights onto the Coupe, we asked if a hotter, more hardcore version was on the cards. “We know many people and customers are asking for this kind of thing, so we’ll see,” came the response.

This got us thinking. A hardcore Alfa Romeo 4C (a car that’s not exactly the last word in refinement to begin with). We contacted handy design-smith Jon and asked him to knock up something special; something that the Alfisti could get excited about. We’re sure you’ll agree he’s done a good job.

He’s grafted on the headlights from the 4C Spider, redesigned the front bumper with larger air intakes, redesigned the side skirts, finished the roof, mirrors and A-pillar all in carbon fibre, fitted new wheels and lowered the ride height.

Obviously, this being a render means the engine configuration is entirely irrelevant, but wouldn’t it be nice to think of a classic, creamy Alfa V6 shoved in the middle? The correct answer is yes, but please feel free to suggest your own engine options in the space below. And if you like it, add some hearty capitalisation below too, and we’ll ask Alfa if they’ll very kindly BUILD IT NOW.

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