Spied! Alfa Romeo 4C Testing Before Geneva Debut

We've spotted the upcoming Alfa Romeo 4C sports car out testing.

Yesterday, we got the full download on Alfa Romeo’s upcoming product plans, thanks to Chrysler’s earnings report. Now, today, our spy shooter has caught Alfa’s upcoming 4C sports coupe out doing final testing just weeks before its expected reveal at the Geneva Motor Show.

Luckily, it looks as though the 4C Concept from the 2011 Geneva show will make it to production with very minor changes to its design. As we can see in these spy shots, the final 4C will carry over the sweeping side vents, pert rear, and smallish triangular grille from the concept. However, the headlamps look to have taken on a more traditional oval shape, rather than the teardrop form from the concept, and – unsurprisingly – the mirrors have grown from the slim ones we’ve seen previously. Despite Automobile design editor Robert Cumberford complaining that large wheels distort the 4C’s proportions, it looks like the production car will use ones almost identical to the concept’s.

While we don’t know for sure what will power the Alfa Romeo 4C, we’ve previously reported that we expect a 1.8-liter turbo-four good for 230 hp, which will send power to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The automaker has also previously announced that it aims to have the new sports coupe weigh in under a light 2000 lbs.

Expect to see the Alfa 4C make its debut early next month at the Geneva Motor Show, with sales starting in the U.S. toward the end of the year. The 4C will be the first of six new Alfas to come stateside. Expected to debut in 2015 are the long-awaited Giulia sedan, a crossover, a rear-wheel drive BMW 3 Series competition, and a drop-top version of the 4C; the new Alfa Romeo Spider, co-developed with Mazda, will make its debut in 2016.

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