Alfa Romeo 4C
We know; we know. You’ve heard it all before. We’ve said it all before. A lightweight, mid-engine, composite-bodied, limited-edition Alfa Romeo will pave the way for the brand’s resurrection after a 20-year hiatus. It’s as bad as those rumors that surround Donald Trump’s candidacy every presidential election season. Well, this time we mean it. But unlike the expensive, Ferrari-powered 8C we centered on in our last prognostication, the 4C will go more mainstream, offering seductively sculpted styling worthy of coming from the country that is home to Zagato and Pininfarina. Better still, it will be priced very competitively, costing about as much as a Porsche Cayman. Power, 232 horses, will come from a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with a displacement of just 1.75 liters, and be sent to the rear wheels of the close-to-2,000-pound coupe through a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. Interested? We are, but with a limited production run, including 500 or so launch models set for the U.S., the 4C will be highly sought after. How’s that for a second return?
Price: $60,000 (estimated)
Engine: 1.75-liter turbocharged 1-4
0-62: 4.5 seconds
Top Speed: 155+ mph
Transmission: 6-speed dual-clutch
Torque: 258 foot-pounds