The Alfa 4C Spider is Here!

It's here: the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider. And it's gorgeous!

Introduced at the Detroit Auto Show in January of 2015, the 4C Spider will be available in the United States in the summer of 2015. With it's ultra-lightweight architecture, the 1750cc, 237 hp engine can propel the 4C Spider from 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds, in Race mode with launch control.

With the 4C Couple priced at $53,900, the Spider will probably be a few to several thousand dollars more than that. It will come with a carbon fiber windshield surround and a removable soft-top, with a solid carbon fiber roof panel as an option.

Yellow exterior paint is a uniquely available to the 4C Spider, and the white-gray-black range as well as 2 reds that are currently available on the 4C Coupe are also available.

Interior colors include black with red or yellow sticking, and red with red accent stitching.

In a word: sweet! Regardless of how you choose to configure it.

86 Fiat and Maserati Dealers in the US to become Alfa Romeo dealers

Motor Trend is reporting that the Alfa Romeo 4C will be sold through dealerships at 86 established Fiat and Maserati dealerships in the United States. Alfa will have a presence in 33 states, with 12 of those in California (3 of which are in LA), 10 in Texas, and 9 in Florida. Alfa Romeo will further expand its North American presence with dealerships in 3 Canadian provinces (my bet is British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec). Alfa expects to grow their dealership network to over 300 in North America over time.

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition

The 4C should hit showrooms in late 2014 with the special 4C Launch Edition, which, at almost $70,000 will be priced above the expected 4C price of about $55,000. For the extra money you get the track pack, special seats, steering wheel and carbon fiber, inside, as well as special wheels, a larger spoiler and fender air inlets, on the outside.

Alfa Romeo 4C scheduled to appear in the US this summer

We've been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Alfa Romeo 4C in the US an it looks like it will be for real this summer. However, though we've heard top Fiat dealers will be selling the 4C alongside their Fiat cousins, it looks like sales will initially be through their rich cousins at Maserati. That will give the 4C an air of exclusivity -- almost as much as the only 1,000 units a year that it is reported Alfa will be exporting to the US.

4C to be introduced in 2Q14 in low $70,000 range

The Alfa Romeo 4C will reportedly be arriving in the United States in the second quarter of 2014. European pricing gives us a sense of how the car will be priced in the US markets and how that stacks up against the competition. At 53,000 Euro (~$73,000 USD), the 4C will be priced very similarly to  the Porsche Cayman, arguably its closest competitor in the US. Alfa powers the 4C with a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that can produce makes 240 horsepower, delivered to the rear wheels through a dual-clutch transmission that can propel the car from 0 to 60 in 4.5 seconds thanks to its carbon fiber body. The US spec car may be a little slower with some added weight, but should still be well below the 5 second mark.

Planned production is just 2,500 units so don't expect any discounts!

4C at the Frankfurt Auto Show

The 4C was a big hit at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September of 2013.

Alfa Romeo 4C at Geneva Auto Show

The 4C in March of 2013

Alfa Romeo 4C to be sold in US market

Following a delayed return to the US market, Alfa Romeo is reported planning to relaunch in the United States with the Alfa Romeo 4C (concept) pictured above as the first model. The Alfa Romeo 4C first appeared as a concept at the 81st Geneva International Motor Show. With Lotus Elise-like proportions and weight, the compact mid-engine rear-drive two-seater should be a lot of fun to drive.

 The Alfa Romeo 4C could be sold alongside the Fiat 500 in USA