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Watch the Alfa Romeo 4C Tear Up the Balocco Test Track [Video]

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The Alfa Romeo 4C is going to be the hottest thing from Alfa in quite a long time. Not only is the compact sports car tasked with helping rejuvenate the ailing Italian brand, but it will also usher in its return to the North American market. Needless to say, it has a lot is riding on it.

With a bold and aggressive exterior, the 4C makes a very good first impression, but the question on everyone’s mind is whether or not it will deliver the goods. With sales slated to begin months from now, it’s too early for any non-insider to know the answer. Still, the video above makes us think that the feisty Italian has the performance to match its sporty appearance. It showcases the 4C tearing up the Fiat Group’s Balocco test track in spectacular fashion.

As a reminder, the Alfa Romeo 4C weighs just 895 kg (1973 lbs) and is powered by a 1.75-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 240 horsepower and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) of torque. Using a dual-clutch transmission and a new ‘Launch Control’ function, it accelerates from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.5 seconds and hits a top speed of over 155 mph (250 km/h).

Other performance highlights include 1.1 g of lateral acceleration, 1.25 g of maximum braking deceleration, a power/weight ratio of supercar-like 1-hp/4 kg and ventilated and perforated Brembo discs at all four corners. More performance details can be found here.

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Alfa Romeo’s Small SUV Will Be Based On Jeep Compass

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Red Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio SUV

The Italian automaker’s next high-riding model will borrow from Jeep.

Alfa Romeo’s SUV lineup will soon grow with the addition of a new compact crossover based on the Jeep Compass, which contradicts earlier reports claiming it would ride on a shrunken version of the rear-wheel drive Giorgio platform that underpins the Giulia sports sedan.

According to , Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will dedicate $5.7 billion to produce new models and engines at its factories in Italy.

The new compact Alfa Romeo SUV, which is expected to be offered with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, will sit below the Stelvio (pictured) and compete in the same segment as the Volvo XC40, Audi Q3 and Lexus UX.

FCA didn’t confirm when the new Alfa Romeo SUV will arrive or if it will be sold in the United States and Canada, but an earlier report claimed it will arrive in 2021 at the earliest.

How does the idea of an Alfa Romeo based on a Jeep compass sound? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Alfa Romeo May Be Expecting A Baby SUV In Three Years

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Because everyone and their mother still wants an SUV more than anything else…

Alfa Romeo is reportedly working on a new baby SUV positioned below the Stelvio in a growing lineup that will also include a larger, seven passenger SUV. The model will compete with other subcompact crossovers like the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA.

According to , the small SUV is expected to arrive in the next three years and will play an important role in the brand’s goal of reaching 400,000 vehicles sales per year by 2022.

It could ride on a shortened version of the Giorgio platform that underpins the Stelvio and Giulia, likely coming standard with rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive optionally.

A range of electrified powertrains and even Level 3 autonomous driving technology could also be part of the options list.

In addition to the new SUVs, Alfa Romeo has plans to introduce a GTV coupe and a replacement for the 8C.

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Mike Manley Becomes New Fiat Chrysler CEO, Marchionne Steps Down

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FCA CEO Mike Manley and Marchionne

Health complications has forced Sergio Marchionne to step down from his post as Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s CEO. He has been replaced by Mike Manley effective immediately.

Marchionne had been recovering from shoulder surgery for some months, but a deterioration in his condition has rendered him incapable of running the automaker effectively.

FCA did not elaborate, but having served as FCA CEO since 2004, the former tax account oversaw a controversial tenure that included the acquisition of Chrysler during the 2008 global financial crisis, saving it from bankruptcy; the reintroduction of the Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Maserati brands to North America; spinning off Ferrari; and killing off Chrysler’s passenger cars,

Marchionne was expected to retire at age 66 in 2019. His replacement, Manley was previously the boss of FCA’s Jeep and Ram brands and assumes all powers of the CEO by the board of directors. John Elkann will become chairman at Ferrari, a post Marchionne was expected to hold in until 2021.

Is Fiat Chrysler better off without Sergio Marchionne? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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