Abarth-Tuned Alfa Romeo 4C Roadster Coming, 4C Coupe to Arrive in U.S. Eventually

If U.S. Alfa Romeo enthusiasts are looking forward to the new 4C coupe, will they embrace the coming Abarth 4C roadster? Automotive News says the Abarth variant is due sometime after the coupe enters production in late 2012.

With looks that have drawn Lotus Evora comparisons and a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout appropriate for a true sports car, the Alfa Romeo 4C made quite a splash during the Geneva Motor Show. Though it won't be produced in any sort of mass numbers, the 4C will be one of the first new Alfas to be sold in the United States in decades. According to Alfa CEO Harald Wester, production begins late next year. Dealers may not get the product until the tail end of 2012 or in early 2013.

Given that Alfa intends to offer from 15,000 to 20,000 copies of the 4C over five years, the upcoming Abarth 4C roadster is inevitably going to be rarer. AN's sources state just 5000 to 10,000 units will be built. Abarth, however, has never been about the sales numbers. If the 4C turns out to be the driver's thrill it's presenting itself as on paper, the scorpion-badged variant should be even more exciting.

Updated pricing for the 4C coupe in Europe sits at 45,000 euros, or around $63,000, though an official MSRP hasn't been specified yet for any market.

Fiat has been a bit behind schedule on dealer openings, but plans to have 130 locations up and running by autumn. The Alfa Romeo brand will team with their fellow Italians to make full use of the soon-to-be-established dealer network.

@ Tyson. My sentiments exactly. An affordable "spiritual successor" to the Fiat X1/9 would put Alfa in many peoples minds and driveways. I have fond memories of my big brother and I driving to Ottawa from Toronto in his X1/9 in 1973 (or was that `74?). The sensation of flying along some of the country highways and how the curves in a mid engine car never left me. GM should bring back the Fiero (and Toyota should bring back the MR-2 as well)...
is it me or does this just look like a lotus elise with the face of a shrunken 8c?
Glad to see the Italians doing the ol' "FWD powertrain in a RWD mid-engine sports car" trick again, just wish we'd see more of that approach targeted downmarket, a true spiritual successor to the X1/9 or at least Lancia Montecarlo/Scorpion.

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