The Alfa Romeo 8C has always been one of our favourite supercars. Sadly, it's about as rare as unicorn dung in a space haystack and as expensive as dating Paris Hilton, so you can imagine our joy when Alfa said it was launching a smaller, more affordable sibling known as the 4C.
We spotted the Alfa 4C during the 2011 Geneva Motor Show and could scarcely pick our jaws up off the floor. It's significantly smaller than the 8C -- think Lotus territory -- but it hasn't lost any of its big brother's aggression or beauty thanks to bold, flowing curves and a muscular all-round style.
As you'll learn in our video above, the Alfa Romeo 4C won't be powered by the giant V12 engine in its larger sibling. The car is extremely light, tipping the scales at less than 850kg, so it'll go like stink off a wet badger with a far smaller power source. As a result, Alfa's supplying the 4C with the 232bhp engine that powers its Giulietta Cloverleaf.
The company is remaining tight-lipped about whether that engine will be tuned to produce even more power, but it has claimed the 4C will be quick. 0-60mph should happen in under 5 seconds and it'll race all the way up to around 155mph.
What's most important in a car of this ilk is handling, and the 4C should deliver on that front, too. The car's low weight, relatively small, mid-mounted engine and 40:60 front-to-rear weight distribution all paint the 4C as a pretty handy track weapon.
Have a gander at the video above to see it in greater detail.