Alfa Romeo has released a teaser image of its upcoming 4C sports car, which is scheduled to make an appearance at the Frankfurt auto show sporting a slightly updated design from the concept that debuted at Geneva earlier this year. We don’t get to see much of the car besides a shadowy outline of the front end, but the image does whet our appetite for more of Alfa’s baby 8C.
The Italian marque’s diminutive sports car is expected to get the turbocharged, direct-injected 1.7-liter I-4 out of the hot hatch version of the Giulietta, the Quadrifoglio Verde. Making 235 hp in the front-drive Giulietta, that engine’s certainly not a bad choice for the mid-engined 4C. Although perhaps not as much power as you’d expect from an Italian sports car, the 4C will make it count with its lightweight construction. Reportedly using generous amounts of aluminum in the front and rear sub-frames, as well as a carbon-fiber monocoque body, the 4C is said to weigh in at around 1784 lbs. That could allow for a sub-five second zero-to-60 time.
Similar to the many versions of the Toyota FT-86 concept we’ve seen, this next incarnation of the 4C could have only mild cosmetic changes in store...or it could be a convertible version. Or it could be a production-spec variant of the 4C. Without anything more to go on other than this one picture, it’s hard to draw any conclusions.
Stay tuned for our coverage of the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, which opens September 15.
Source: Alfa Romeo