From the time we first laid eyes on the Alfa Romeo 4C, we’ve been thinking that the very best just must come down. The ultralight two-seater looks designed to drive together with the air rushing through your hair, and a convertible version is finally around the way. Alfa Romeo revealed the 4C Spider a week ago at the Geneva Motor Show.
A look at the carbon and leather fiber inside the 4C Spider (Photo: CC Weiss/ Gizmag.com)Alfa Romeo 4C Spider from aboveThe Alfa Romeo 4C will quickly be available by using a proper soft top (Photo: CC Weiss/ Gizmag.c…The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider (Photo: Alfo Romeo)View all
While it’s referred to as a “”Design Preview, this is apparently nothing more than a technicality as this car looks like it’s prepared to roll into dealerships as is also. Alfa says that it would begin Spider production early next year.
So that you can give the 4C the proper roof shaving it’s long deserved, Alfa strengthened the structure in the car in order to meet convertible regulations. As usual, this process added weight, but the Italian automaker managed to keep that addition to around 132 lb (60 kg) thanks to the consumption of carbon fiber roll bars, windshield and spoilers surround. The elimination of the rear windshield and the soft canvas top also helped. The convertible maintains the 40: 60 front-rear weight distribution in the coupé.
The Spider is powered through the same 1.8-liter turbo four as being the coupé (Photo: CC Weiss/ Gizm…
Taking the extra 132 lbs into account, the Spider should weigh within just north of 2,100 lb (955 kg), creating performance “”all but identical”" to the 4C coupé’s 4.5-second -62 mph (100 km/h) and 160 mph (258 km/h) top speed. Those numbers come by way of the same 1.8-liter turbo four-cylinder driving the back wheels through Alfa’s six-speed dual clutch TCT transmission.
Alfa also gave the Spider a few evolutionary updates, though simply prying the top off of the 4C would have been more than plenty. The Design Preview shows a new set of carbon fiber clamshell headlamps, in addition to new aluminum alloy wheels wrapped up tightly in bespoke Pirelli tires. We definitely choose the simpler look of the new headlamps versus the multi-light bug eyes on the coupé, pictured below.
The 4C coupé at the Geneva Motor Show
Underneath its sensuous curves, the 4C Spider packs a fresh dual-stage central exhaust system from Akrapovic, a motorcycle and sports car exhaust specialist. The system offers enhanced performance and revised exhaust note at the push of a button.
Alfa Romeo 4C Spider from above
One among Alfa’s selling points to the Spider version is opening up a better view of the interior to the outside world. As seen in Geneva, the cabin included a stylish contrast between rich leather and the underlying carbon fiber monocoque, which peeks through in places like the door sills, center console and rear bulkhead.
We may have preferred to see the debut 4C Spider dressed in one of the luscious reds how the hard-top has worn from the present and past, but Alfa explains that it chose three-layer gloss white as it believes the hue emphasizes the car’s shapes and surfaces particularly well. Still, please help it become red the very next time, Alfa.
Source: Alfa Romeo