Alfa Romeo is one of those heritage car makers with lots of history, yet they have been somewhat forgotten in recent decades. Quality issues and also design were not at their bast, at least until quite recently. With an amazing upgrade of their offering and especially since the introduction of the Alfa Romeo 8C and 8C Spider, the Italian car maker is more than back on the map. We are excited to see this continue with the introduction of the 4C, another sports car that was showcased last week at the Geneva Auto Show.

“Based on the success of their flagship, limited-edition 8C Competizione, introduced in 2007, as well as the 8C Spider, the rear wheel-drive 4C shares a look “shaped by the wind.” Designed by the Alfa Romeo Style Center, the body doesn’t just borrow lines from vintage Alfa Romeo’s, like the famed 6C 1500 and 6C 2500, but uses the same weight and power distribution ratio that made those cars so fast.

What the 4C lacks in power (four-cylinders compared to the brawny eight of its forerunners), it makes up with clever suspension layout and a lighter-weight frame, comprised mostly of carbon and an aluminum rear, to ensure maximum agility—which isn’t to say that the engine doesn’t pack a punch. At 200+ horsepower with a top speed of 250 km/hr, a new “twin dry clutch” transmission, going from zero to 100km in under five seconds) and a system that eliminates turbo lag, you can already find this gasoline engine in current production models like the Giulietta, a compact Alfa that has fans salivating for it to come stateside.”

The Alfa Romeo 4C will go into production in 2012 – we cannot wait to see it on the road.

More images of the car follow after the jump.

Via Coolhunting.

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