Five New Alfas on the Horizon

Alfa Romeo­s production plan has been leaked to the press. This shows that the company is planning five new models for the next few years, including an SUV, two saloon cars and a brand new spider. What will, however, no doubt get Alfa fans excited is the 4C sports car, which will be the top of the range. The car is Alfa­s answer to the Porsche Cayman.

 

If your brain is already telling you to get your wallet out, don­t get too excited: the new model is not expected before 2013. It will be followed by an SUV that rivals the BMW X5, a 5-door super-mini, a Giulia that will replace the 159, a new Spider, and finally, a year later, a rear-wheel drive sedan that will take on the BMW 5 series.

 

The company has developed a brand new 1.8-litre turbo petrol engine to go with the new model range, which will debut in the 4C. It develops 400bhp.

 

In terms of performance, the 2-seater will fit in between the Porsche Cayman and the Cayman X. It will be a rear-wheel drive using Alfa­s new dual-clutch TCT gearbox.

 

Alfa showed off a concept version of the 4C at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2011. Thanks to a special lightweight carbon fibre chassis developed for Alfa by Dallara ± a well-known motorsport company in Italy ± the car weighs only 850kg.

 

With such a low weight and an engine that produced 300bhp, one can expect great performance and it comes as no surprise, therefore, that the new Alfa will accelerate form 0-62mpg in less than 5 seconds and reach a top speed of 155 miles per hour.

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