Enough with the rumours and holdups: Alfa Romeo's new 4C sports coupe will debut in 2013.
A teaser image released this week reveals that "the car to end all cars is nigh", and while it does not specify the 4C, there is little doubt.
The merry-go-round of Alfa's 4C production schedule has taken more than a few turns, with reports in the past year suggesting launch dates spread across the next three years.
Recently however, an insider at Alfa Romeo parent Fiat reportedly confirmed a Geneva Motor Show unveiling, ahead of a late 2013 market launch.
The report follows rumours of a late 2014 debut; reports that had also followed earlier talk of a 2013 launch and a convertible version in 2015.
Power for the existing 4C concept is delivered by a 150kW turbocharged 1.75 litre four-cylinder engine. It is possible however that Alfa's new 1.8 litre engine - capable of up to 235kW - could provide motivation for the production model.
The Maserati-built 4C will utilise either a carbon-fibre and aluminium construction or, if reports out of Europe are to be believed, a new SMC material.
If the production coupe manages to maintain the concept’s 850kg kerb weight, expect the topless 4C Spider's extra structural support to add a little weight.
And the rumoured convertible version? If a topless 4C is in the works (the Mazda/Alfa Romeo collaboration will likely result in a more entry-level offering), expect it to pack the same turbocharged four-cylinder powerplant.
Both models should deliver acceleration in the vicinity of a 5.0 second 0-100km/h figure, if not quicker.
Production is tipped to be limited to just 20,000 units, with the possibility of 10,000 Spider versions to follow.
The coming Geneva show in March remains the most likely debut point for the hot coupe, and the Alfa Romeo brand is also expected to make its long-overdue return to the US market in the following months.
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