New Alfa Romeo 4C GTA sports car

Reports suggest Alfa Romeo will reveal a mid engined, rear wheel drive sports car at the 2011 Geneva motor show

Alfa Romeo is bringing an all-new sports car to the 2011 Geneva motor show, according to reports online. Dubbed the 4C GTA, it would act as a halo car for the brand, similar to the 8C Competizione supercar, though at a much more affordable price. A Porsche Boxster-like £35,000 price tag is suggested. Like the Boxster, it will be rear-wheel drive and mid-engined, its structure a development of the hardcore KTM X-Bow. A carbonfibre and aluminium construction could give the 4C GTA a kerb weight as low as 850kg, and with the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Cloverleaf’s 1.8-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the middle, providing around 250bhp, its performance would rival more powerful (but heavier) rivals from BMW, Nissan, Audi and Porsche. Alfa Romeo is said to have teamed up with fellow Italian company Dallara Automobili, who engineered the X-Bow. Dallara has reportedly developed a carbonfibre cockpit for the 4C GTA, featuring front and rear aluminium sub-frames to house the engine and a pushrod suspension setup. The Geneva show car is likely to be a concept that previews a production 4C GTA, which would be the first Alfa Romeo to wear the Gran Turismo Alleggerita badge since the hot 147 GTA hot hatchback and 156 GTA sports saloon of the early ‘00s. Expect the road-ready car to be on sale by late 2012, when it will ideally act as a catalyst to new Alfa Romeo sales – 2010 saw 112,000 new Alfas registered globally. The aim is to shift 500,000 annually by 2014, with a new 159-replacing Giulia sports saloon and an SUV among the next products the 4C GTA will be perched above. It could be sold in America, too. evo will be at the 2011 Geneva show in March – keep an eye on evo.co.uk for all the latest show news

KTM X-Bow v Caterham v Ariel Atom v Lotus

Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione v Alfa Brera S coupe

Read our Alfa Romeo Giulietta Cloverleaf review

Join evo's Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages

Most Popular

Car pictures of the week
Maserati MC20
Maserati MC20 coupe

Car pictures of the week

In this week’s car pictures from issue 294, we look at the highlights from Jethro Bovingdon’s drive in the highly anticipated Maserati MC20
21 Jan 2022
Peugeot 9X8 Le Mans Hypercar shown in new images
Peugeot 9X8 Le Mans Hypercar
Peugeot

Peugeot 9X8 Le Mans Hypercar shown in new images

Peugeot Sport’s new wingless Le Mans racer gears up for its competition debut later this year
18 Jan 2022
Porsche 911 GT3 Touring 2022 review – pairing the magnificent 992 GT3 experience to a more subtle audience
Porsche 911 GT3 Touring eCoty – front tracking
Porsche 911 GT3

Porsche 911 GT3 Touring 2022 review – pairing the magnificent 992 GT3 experience to a more subtle audience

There are few, if any, more rewarding, engaging or intense experiences for those in pursuit of the thrill of driving
7 Jan 2022