Alfa Romeo has released a high quality and lengthy promotional video for the US-spec 4C.

Alfa Romeo has released a high quality and lengthy promotional video for the US-spec 4C.

Despite being 342 lbs (155 kg) fatter than its European sibling, the Alfa Romeo 4C in U.S. specification is still a very desirable sports car and important at the same time since it represents Alfa's belated return stateside. It's not quite cheap taking into account it carries a starting price of $53,900 (without $1,295 destination charge) but in return the customer is getting a carbon fiber monocoque, aluminum chassis and a composite body shell.

It's also a looker and has more appealing headlights compared to its bug-eyed European sibling while power comes from the same aluminum-made 1.75-liter four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine rated at 240 HP (177 kW) and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) sent to the rear axle via a dual-clutch gearbox. Alfa Romeo says the US-spec 4C will run the 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) sprint in the "mid-4 second range" and is able to top out at 160 mph (258 km/h).

Alfa Romeo will likely introduce the 4C Spider later this month at NAIAS in Detroit while a hotter 4C Quadrifoglio Verde (QV) derivative has already been spied and could be unveiled as early as March at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show but it’s not known whether Alfa will sell it in United States.

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