Posted by Mark J. Miller on April 24, 2012 12:01 PM
James Bond has driven one, Dustin Hoffman raced around in one until it ran out of gas in The Graduate, and now you may be lucky enough to get behind the wheel of one. Alfa Romeo is on its way back, baby.
That Maserati-made speedster made brief appearances in the U.S. back in 1995 and 2008, but TopSpeed.com reports that it looks like it may be making a stronger return to American roadways soon, thanks to a U.S. Trademark and Patent Office decision officially giving the trademark for Alfa Romeo 4C (above) to Fiat.
“The 4C will be a limited production model, as Maserati only plans to build about 2,500 models per year,” TopSpeed reports. It is expected that about 450 of the concept cars will make their way to the U.S., at a price point of around $59,310.
“Fiat plans to pit the Romeo against the likes of the Porsche Boxster, the BMW Z4, and the more affordable MX-5 Miata,” the report adds, “though its limited production will not make it easy to compete.”
If Fiat can stick to plans to bring Alfa Romeo back to American soil in 2014, it will have a solid brand to build around and perhaps bring more of its product to the States.