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There's been plenty of hype surrounding the Alfa Romeo 4C, as the legendary Italian company aims to make its triumphant return to the U.S. with a semi-affordable car. The new 4C would be an appropriate first entry because it embraces all the virtues of what the Italian car company has come to represent. It is the most important car to come from the company in decades, and we're including the 8C Competizione. 

The new 4C possesses exotic-car-like features, including a carbon fiber tub that weighs a mere 143 lb. The engine is also lightweight: an all-aluminum straight four that produces 240 hp at 6000 rpm and 258 lb-ft of torque from 2100 to 4000 rpm. Sounds modest for an Italian exotic, but when you consider that the car weighs in at a lean 2035 lb., we're talking proverbial road rocket here. (The curb weight of the car is comparable to that of the Lotus Exige.) That comes out to 259 hp/ton!

The car has a top speed of 155 mph and will reach the 60-mph-mark in 4.5 seconds. And what's even more impressive is that it gets excellent fuel economy.

As the car lapped the small road course in Italy, the 4C looked and sounded like a mini fact, with its Italian heritage, that's about the best way to describe this amazing sports car. It runs in with aplomb and sticks to the road surface like super glue. The thing is so agile that it makes the Mazda MX-5 look clumsy. The The price for the U.S. (if it gets here) is expected to be around $75,000. Not a bad deal for an Italian exotic with amazing performance, and it's an apt successor to legendary cars like the Guilia and Spyder.