Alfa Romeo's highly anticipated 4C sports car will turn a wheel for the first time in public at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July.
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.
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.