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Alfa Romeo CEO: 4C can handle more power

by Justin King

Both the 4C\'s chassis, engine are capable of higher output.

Alfa Romeo CEO Harald Wester has hinted that a more-powerful 4C may be under development.

The executive suggests both the chassis and the engine are capable of handling higher output.

"The stiffness is very high. The first adjustment would be the brakes," Wester told Automotive News. "We are only at 134 horsepower per liter, so there is space."

The 4C's mid-mounted 1.8-liter turbocharged engine currently sends 240 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels. Drivers can expect to reach 60 mph from a standstill in approximately 4.5 seconds, with a top speed over 155 mph.

Aside from the tease for a new range topper, Wester also highlighted a number of changes specific to the US market. Americans will be treated to "richer equipment" for the base package, while the imported model will feature a different frame and beefier suspension with different tuning.

The standard 4C coupe is expected to sell for approximately $55,000 when it arrives in the US market in June, while upgraded editions will sell for as high as $70,000.

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