Alfa Romeo 4C to make dynamic debut at Goodwood
The West Sussex festival has played host to a number of important car launches as it has cemented its position as the most important event in the UK motoring calendar, including the CLS Shooting Brake and gorgeous Jaguar F-Type, both of which took centre-stage at last year's event.
This year it's the turn of the low-slung Alfa, whose introduction cannot come quick enough for enthusiasts, who have long bemoaned the marque's lack of an accessible sports car.
At £120,000 and limited to just 500 examples, the bigger brother 8C supercar doesn't count.
Following the traditional recipe of a mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout, the 4C is powered by a turbocharged 1.8-litre, four-cylinder engine, which develops 238bhp and 350NM of torque.
That might not sound like much, but Alfa has pushed the boat out with exotic materials and construction techniques in a bid to keep the car's weight down.
Alfa claims the 4C has a power to weight ratio of 250bhp per ton.
As is seemingly obligatory these days, the 4C will be fitted with launch control, to ensure the fastest possible getaways using Alfa's TCT dual-clutch automatic transmission.
When used, the 4C will do the 0-62mph sprint in 4.5 seconds, and go on to a top speed of over 155mph.
Damien Dally, Head of Brand at Alfa Romeo UK said: "The Goodwood Festival of Speed is a spectacular celebration of motoring drawing automotive enthusiasts from all over the country and even Europe. What better event for the Alfa 4C to make a thrilling UK debut? We can't wait to see the crowd reaction as this fantastic car takes to the famous Hill Climb for the very first time. This will be a Festival of Speed to remember for Alfa Romeo."
The Goodwood Festival of Speed takes place between 11-14 July.