Earlier in the year we heard that Alfa Romeo was planning to introduce continuous updates for its new 4C to help keep enthusiasm alive, which for sports cars often drops quickly after their first couple of years on the market. One such update is thought to be a more potent version, which Alfa Romeo CEO Harald Wester states is a possibility.

Wester, who also heads up the Maserati brand as well as some engineering departments at Alfa Romeo parent company Fiat Chrysler, has revealed to Automotive News (subscription required) that the 4C chassis can handle more power and that the car’s turbocharged 1.75-liter four-cylinder can certainly deliver more than its current 237-horsepower rating in the U.S. market.

"We are only at 134 horsepower per liter, so there is space," Wester said.

During the same interview, Wester also said there were several updates made to the 4C’s chassis in order to meet U.S. standards. Changes are said to have included new front and rear subframes, revisions to the carbon fiber monocoque and reinforced suspension. Wester also confirmed that all 4C models sold in the U.S. will get the more elegant headlights shown on the 4C Spider concept.

Sales of the 4C commence next month, at select Fiat and Maserati dealerships. Wester said to expect prices to start at approximately $55,000 and reach as high as $70,000 for fully-equipped cars.


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