Exclusive: the Alfa Romeo 4C draws nearer

Top Gear has an update on the dream that is the Alfa 4C. Its engineers are confident of getting the first prototype on the road for the middle of 2012, with the final car on sale a year after that. It will be distinctly exotic, but sell for under $70k:

I talked about the car with Mauro Pierallini, who’s head of engineering for Fiat in Europe. The 4C project is being run by a special quick-acting little team outside the main product-development bureaucracy, he says, and he grins and adds he’s personally in charge.

The show car used a carbon tub designed by Dallara, the racecar manufacturer which also consulted on the KTM X-bow, Alfa 8C and Bugatti Veyron. The production car’s structure is an in-house design by the Alfa team. It has a carbon centre tub as before, but the front and rear frames are aluminium. It’s cheaper and only a little heavier.

The car will be about the size of a Porsche Cayman. And it’s destinate per l’America.

If you’re into the tech deets, read more at BBC Top Gear

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