Alfa Romeo 4C will cost under £40,000

The car magazine has reported Alfa is targeting a low price for its sporty two-seater when it arrives in UK Alfa Romeo dealerships in 2013.

Alfa Romeo stunned the automotive world when it unveiled the stunning Alfa 4C earlier in 2011 because of its impressive styling taken straight from the popular Alfa 8C Competizione supercar.

After a positive reaction to the 4C, Alfa Romeo decided to make it a production reality and is now working on reducing the weight of the car to improve performance.

The Alfa Romeo 4C is expected to be capable of reaching 62mph in just 4.5 seconds from standing courtesy of a turbocharged 230bhp engine.

The car itself measures less than four metres long and comes with carbonfibre and aluminium body to reduce weight.

It will be built in Italy and Alfa Romeo is believed to be preparing for up to 1,500 sales every year of the new Lotus-challenger.

Alfa has launched a series of new cars in recent years to revitalise the popular Italian brand in the UK.

This includes the introduction of the frugal Alfa MiTo supermini and the premium Alfa Romeo Giulietta hatchback, a stylish competitor for the new Ford Focus.

The Alfa Romeo 4C however, will be a return to the brand’s racing and sports car roots and will act as a ‘halo’ car for the brand.

With style in mind, Alfa has already been developing eye-catching exterior paint for the 4C including the original matte paint the concept was presented in and a ‘fluid metal’ exterior colour designed to make the car look like a ‘sheer of forged metal’.

It is not known if the new paint option will be available on the production car, which is expected towards the end of 2012 or the beginning of 2013, depending on the market.