Frankfurt Auto Show: Alfa Romeo 147 CNCS

Hey look, it's another European hot hatch we can't get. Nope, not even after Alfa returns to our shores sometime next year. The CNC in C'N'C stands for CoSTUME NATIONAL, a collaboration between Alfa and stylist Ennio Capasa. Limited to 1,000 editions and inspired by "World Music," the special edition 147 gets 17" wheels, mother-of-pearl Eldorado White paint, a chromed exhaust and glossy black wing mirror cases. You think it would fly in the States? Release after jump.

Frankfurt sees the debut of the new 147 C'N'C CoSTUME NATIONAL, the fruit of collaboration between Alfa Romeo and stylist Ennio Capasa. It was inspired by the music world - Pop, Indie, and Garage - by 'street culture' and by the multimedia world. This special series will have a production run of 1000, and will be characterised not only by the exclusive Eldorado White paintwork with its exclusive mother-of-pearl effect (Polar White for the normal output), and by special refined details like the chrome-plated exhaust terminal, glossy black wing mirror cases, darkened rear lights and exclusive painted, sparkle-effect 17" wheels with their aeronautical design. And the '147 C'N'C' logos on the pillars and tailgate add an extra touch of refinement.

The dark shades of the interior create an elegant dynamic environment, with seats upholstered in leather and perforated Alcantara with a jacquard tone-on-tone pattern, and a contrast between the black varnished pillars, ceiling and trims and the white of the bodywork. The sporty personality of the 147 C'N'C CoSTUME NATIONAL is also evident in other details like the red background of the instruments with white lighting, carpeting mats with identity plate and aluminium heel-high strips.

The version on display is a 5-door, equipped with the sparkling 150 bhp 1.9 JTDM engine; the most sophisticated safety features are standard equipment - from VDC to ASR, ABS complete with EBD and 6 airbags - and there is a wide range of options: a Bose® Hi-Fi system with subwoofer, low suspension settings, Xenon headlights, satellite navigator and antitheft system.