After releasing the 4C Spider concept car in 2014, Alfa Romeo unveiled the production model of its latest supercar creation at the 2015 North American International Auto Show. Bringing together the style, elegance and rear-wheel drive performance of the Alfa Romeo 4C, which itself was heavily influenced by the firm's stunning 33 Stradale design from 1967, the 4C Spider adds soft-top thrills to the line-up.
Like its sibling the 4C Coupé, the new Alfa Romeo 4C Spider boasts an ultra-light carbon fibre and aluminium construction, with a monocoque chassis that is seven-times lighter and three-times stronger than steel. The Spider features a unique carbon fibre windscreen frame, along with front glass and side windows that are 15 per cent lighter, helping to reduce the car's overall weight. Available with a stowable cloth roof or optional carbon fibre hardtop, the model's flowing contours sweep down over the new single-piece headlamp units to meet in a V, encompassing its bold shield-shaped grille. The rollover structure is contained in a sleek black halo design, sat above pronounced buttresses. Now the roof is gone, a body-coloured engine deck-lid with three functional heat extractors sits alongside an aerodynamically-tuned spoiler. The Spider also features a brand-new titanium exhaust system.
The 1750cc turbocharged, all-aluminium powerplant that drives this superb mid-engine supercar also features in the 4C Coupé. It is capable of producing 240bhp and delivering a level of performance on a par with the hardtop model, taking the 4C Spider from 0-60mph in a slightly faster time of 4.1 seconds, before going on to hit a top speed of 160mph. In order to minimise the car's impact on the environment, multiple injection control and advanced anti-friction and energy loss reduction technology has been employed to boost efficiency and keep emissions as low as possible.
The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider is due to be released in the UK this summer. Discover more by contacting a member of the team at your nearest Thames Motor Group dealership today.