DRIVE's Chris Harris is one of the first automotive journalists who had the pleasure of driving Alfa Romeo's desirable 4C.

He attended the car's official launch at home in Italy and then put the 4C through its paces on the Balocco proving grounds. He described it as something between a Lotus Elise and a Porsche Cayman, and although he did mention a few downsides, overall he was impressed with the latest Italian rear-wheel drive two-door coupe.

The Alfa Romeo 4C has a 4-cylinder, 1.75-liter turbocharged engine producing 240 HP (177 kW) and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) of torque sent to the rear axle via a dual-clutch gearbox. It tips the scales at just 895 kg (1,973 lbs) and needs 4.5 seconds until 62 mph (100 km/h) before hitting a top speed of 160 mph (258 km/h).

Customer deliveries are expected to kick off in October, but not for Americans as Alfa Romeo's long-awaited return has been postponed yet again, this time until the second quarter of next year. Production rate will stand at 3,500 units and 1,000 of the cars will be reaching stateside.