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Alfa Romeo 4C is Returning to the US in 2014 But Leaving This Performance Feature in Italy

The new Alfa Romeo 4C
(Photo : Reuters) A new Alfa Romeo 4C concept car is displayed during the first media day of the 81st Geneva International Motor Show at the Palexpo in Geneva March 1, 2011.

Fiat's stylish Alfa Romeo sports car is coming back to the U.S. but Philip A. Stephenson at Quartz noticed something that might cause sales to stall.

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The 2014 Alfa Romeo 4C, a mid-engine coupe with a turbo-charged 1.7-Litre, four-cylinder engine, goes from 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds and has a top speed of 160 mph. The power behind the car is impressive but it's the handling that will separate it from competing coupes.

Unlike Porche's 2014 Cayman and even the new 2015 Ford Mustang, the Alfa Romeo 4C will not have independent rear suspensions, a feature typical of European sports cars.

Independent suspensions are preferable, especially for racing, because they do not affect each other's ability to grip the road when driving.

The decision was made out of necessity, according to Stephenson. The trunk of the sports car is too small to accommodate a four-wheel independent suspension system.

The engine is also quite noisy, according to Michael Taylor at BBC. Above 3,500rpm, the engine begins to make a piercing whistle and the fuel injectors can be heard while sitting at traffic lights.

The Alfa Romeo 4C is expected to to be released in the U.S. in May of 2014. It will be interesting to see if American consumers will think the $54,000 price tag is worth it.

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