Alfa Romeo's CEO Harald Wester indirectly confirmed the 4C will receive a high-performance version sometime in the future.

Alfa Romeo's CEO Harald Wester indirectly confirmed the 4C will receive a high-performance version sometime in the future.

Alfa Romeo has a lot riding on the 4C as it's a model which can basically make or break the Italian marque so they have to make the most of their lightweight rear-wheel drive coupe. The existing version puts out 240 PS (176 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) from its tiny yet punchy 4-cylinder, 1.75-liter turbocharged gasoline engine but the company's CEO says the chassis has what it takes to handle more power and "there is space" to increase the current 134 PS / liter ratio of the engine.

This statement doesn't come really as a surprise since back in October last year there was a rumor about Alfa Romeo planning a Stradale derivative with 269 PS (198 kW) based on a track-only 4C Racing variant.

In related news, Harald Wester also said the U.S.-spec model required a lot of work, including a reinforced and tweaked suspension as well as different front & rear frames. They also modified the monocoque and installed more goodies as standard equipment while the bug-eyed headlights of the European version were replaced with those of the 4C Spider concept.

Alfa Romeo plans on selling approximately 800-900 units of the 4C this year in United States once the model goes on sale this June. Pricing details have not been disclosed yet but Wester said it will start at around 55,000 USD and go up to 70,000 USD for the fully-loaded model.

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