Alfa Romeo has released a series of photographs showing the manufacturing process behind its new  4C sports car.

The car, which is being built at Maserati's Modena plant in dedicated workshops, is shown going through every stage of its construction - from the first components going together to the final assembly of the bodywork.

Alfa Romeo says that within its production process it has combined the best technical and manufacturing expertise of both the Alfa Romeo and Maserati brands to build the 4C.

As already revealed, the Launch Edition model of the 4C will cost £52,000. It adds carbonfibre trim, white or red paint, bespoke badging and other extras over the standard car.

Only 400 of the Launch Edition model will be made available across Europe, Africa and the Middle East, while a further 600 will be supplied to America and the rest of the world.

Pricing for the standard 4C has not been revealed, but is expected to be less than £50,000.