• Alfa Romeo 4C European pricing announced
  • Pricing rivals Porsche Cayman, Lotus Elise
  • Alfa 4C expected to go on sale in the spring of 2014

Alfa Romeo has announced official European pricing for its upcoming 4C sports car. The Italian brand says the 4C will cost 53,000 euros in its home market, putting it in contention with rivals such as the Porsche Cayman and Lotus Elise.

Unfortunately, European prices rarely translate to U.S. values due to taxes and production costs -- so we're not sure what the 4C will cost here. But the 4C's European price tag is within 2,000 euros of the Cayman's. Since the Cayman starts at $53,500 in the U.S., the 4C will likely carry a similar price tag. The 4C's European pricing also closely matches the Lotus Elise, which sold for around $53,000 before being canceled for the U.S. market.

Alfa is tight-lipped on pricing for the American market because the 4C is still several months from reaching U.S. dealers. In fact, the brand recently pushed back the sports car's launch from later this year to the second quarter of 2014.

That's bad news for shoppers who have been eagerly awaiting Alfa's return for years. The brand dropped out of the U.S. market following the 1995 model year, citing increasing regulations and poor sales. While Alfa sold the limited-production 8C Competizione to U.S. buyers for a short time in 2008, the 4C marks Alfa's return on a larger scale.

And with the 4C, Alfa's return will come with a splash. The mid-engined sports car is catching the attention of shoppers and the automotive press thanks to bold styling and a heavy focus on driving dynamics. The specs don't seem so bad, either: A turbocharged 4-cylinder engine makes 240 horsepower, which -- combined with a dual-clutch transmission and a curb weight of less than 2,000 pounds -- leads to a 0-to-60 miles per hour time of just 4.5 seconds.

The 4C also boasts a carbon fiber body, much like many high-end supercars. That alone could see the coupe's prices rise before U.S. sales begin next year. Even so, it's unlikely that Alfa will have trouble selling out the planned production of just 2,500 units per year.

What it means to you: With pricing announced overseas, the Alfa Romeo 4C gets one step closer to reaching U.S. dealers sometime next spring.

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Doug DeMuro has a wide range of automotive industry experience, from work at a Ferrari dealership to a manager for Porsche North America. A lifelong car enthusiast, Doug's eclectic vehicle purchases include a Porsche 911 Turbo, an E63 AMG wagon, an old Range Rover and a Mercedes Benz G-wagen.

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