Alfa Romeo 4C-04

You’ve seen and drooled over pics of the Alfa Romeo 4C Concept in red and fluid metal, as well as the production 4C earlier this month – now the Italian brand has released additional info and fresh images of their Geneva 2013 debutant, including a first look at the 4C’s cabin.

This mid-engined RWD coupe looks compact and it is. The two seater is just under four metres long, two metres wide, and 1.18 metres tall, with a wheelbase of less than 2.4 metres.

Behind those seats lie an evolution of Alfa’s “1750” four-cylinder turbo used in the Giulietta QV. This modern motor has direct injection, dual continuous VVT and a scavenging control system that eliminates turbo lag. 237 hp is the figure speculated, but there’s no official confirmation so far.

The TBi engine is paired to a TCT twin dry clutch transmission, which Alfa says is a benchmark in its segment due to its low weight and extreme speed of activation. There’s also a new Alfa DNA selector which not only features the three usual settings – Dynamic, Natural and All Weather – but also a more extreme Race mode.

The 4C is an important car for Alfa. To be produced at the Maserati plant in Modena, the “compact supercar” will go on sale this year, marking the return of the brand to the USA and spearheading Alfa’s global growth plan. Word is that a track version, a more powerful “Stradale” variant and an open top 4C will join the range in the future.