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Alfa Romeo sets new U.S. return date

Tue, 25 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Fiat Chrysler announced that Alfa Romeo will be making its triumphant return the United States, with the 4C sports car arriving at dealerships in June. This has been long-awaited news since … well, since Alfa bailed on the U.S. market 20 years ago.

So where can you get one? Fiat Chrysler isn’t saying yet, with spokesman Rick Deneau telling the Detroit News that the dealerships playing host to Alfa Romeo have yet to be informed.

Alfa Romeo has been talking about an American resurrection for 14 years, but the rumors, to this point, had resulted in nothing but a handful of uber-expensive 8C supercars sold via Maserati.

Fiat Chrysler head Sergio Marchionne has made the promise that the Alfas are coming, but just the 4C sports car for now. The remainder of the Alfa lineup, including the Giulia, Giulietta and the newly introduced Spider, are slated to make their debut in the States sometime in 2015.

In case you’re unfamiliar, the 2014 Alfa Romeo 4C sports a turbocharged inline-four mid-engine layout with 240 hp; that may not seem like much, but with a curb weight of about 1,874 pounds, this thing is a relative rocket.

The 4C also boasts a 0-60-mph time of just 4.5 seconds, rivaling any other readily available sports car on the U.S. market today. The 4C is expected to start at just under $60K, which seems like a reasonable price considering the rarity and long-awaited arrival.

By Natalie Sejnost