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There's been a lot of speculation about when the Alfa Romeo 4C will be introduced, but the company has just confirmed the model will debut in 2013.

Called the "car to end all cars," the 4C is slated to become the spiritual successor to the 8C Competizione which won over buyers despite being more style than substance.

Alfa Romeo has remained surprisingly quiet about specifications, but the production model is expected to feature a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that develops approximately 230 hp (172 kW). While that doesn't sound like much, the 4C's lightweight construction and dual-clutch transmission could enable the car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in less than five seconds and hit a top speed of roughly 250 km/h (155 mph).

Gallery: Alfa Romeo 4C teased for 2013 debut

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