If there’s one thing Alfa Romeo has graciously afforded us these past years, it’s broken promises – be that its fabled return to the U.S. market or a swarm of new models covering just about every segment in the market, none of which ever happened.
That might change now that parent company Fiat has made the decision to aggressively compete in the lower and mid premium segments with Alfa Romeo and in the upper levels with Maserati.
This week, Alfa Romeo dropped a teaser image showing a five-spoke alloy wheel with the following legends: “The Alfa Romeo prophecy of 2013 won’t disappoint” and “Behold, the car to end all cars is nigh.”
The only Alfa Romeo we’ve seen as a thinly disguised concept or in prototype form testing on the roads lately is the 4C mid-engine coupe study from 2011, which is the car we believe the Italians are announcing in their “New Year’s” card.
We still don’t have the definitive details on the finished product, but we see no reason why Alfa wouldn’t keep the study’s 1.75-liter turbocharged four-cylinder unit delivering 200 or more horses to the rear axle through a twin dry clutch automatic transmission.
A Geneva Motor Show debut has been rumored, but not yet confirmed.