October 22, 2014

Alfa Romeo 4C Spider revealed: Geneva Motor Show

The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider has been revealed at the Geneva Motor Show as a concept but is heading for production in 2015.

Photo  Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider (pictured) revealed in Geneva

The Alfa Romeo 4C is the epitome of a modern ‘supercar’, with ultra light weight (for a production car) allowing the 4C to produce very good performance from its modest 17500cc engine.

So producing an Spider convertible immediately raises the weight issue in a more dramatic way when the car’s abilities are so dependent on it low weight, but it seems the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider – previewed as a production car with a concept at Geneva today – has managed to keep the wight penalties of the convertible 4C down to a minimum.

Thanks to a canvas roof and carbon fibre rollover bars, the weight penalty for the Spider is only about 60kg (around a 7 per cent gain) which shouldn’t hurt performance too much.

Beyond the fresh air motoring, notr much changes between the  4C Coupe and Spider, with the same 1750cc engine with a six-speed dual-clutch ‘box powering it along, although the 4C Spider does get a new titanium Akropovic exhaust, new headlights and new alloys.

The production version of the Alfa 4C Spider should arrive in early 2015, and if you want one you probably need to start pestering your Alfa dealer soon.

Expect the starting price to be around £50,000.

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