Alfa Romeo has confirmed its all-new 4C sportscar will make its official ‘production debut’ next summer.
That’s almost six months before the Detroit Motor Show in January 2014, the date the car had been widely tipped to make its first public appearance.
At the same time, Alfa has also clarified that development of the new Giulia saloon — essentially the replacement for the Alfa 159 — will be built at “two global production sites”.
The natural assumption has to be that means one in North America as well as Europe.
Both the 4C and the Giulia are crucial to Alfa Romeo’s relaunch, which will focus primarily on success in North America. The 850kg, carbonfibre-bodied 4C will be the brand’s halo model.
It’s also now widely believed that the 4C’s new 296bhp turbocharged 1750cc engine will also make its way into other models within the Fiat Group.
In addition to powering the new Spider, which we highlighted last week, the aluminium-block engine will also appear in Dodge, Chrysler/Lancia and Jeep models.
It is though safe to assume the engine will be in a lower state of tune to boost economies of scale.