The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider has been revealed in final production form at the Detroit motor show.
What is it?
The new two-seat roadster has reached production without any discernible changes from the earlier concept car, unveiled at the 2014 Geneva motor show.
The removable roof will initially be available as a soft, stowable canvas arrangement – as hinted at on the concept. However, an optional carbonfibre hard-top is set to become available after UK sales begin in mid-2015, according to Alfa officials.
The 4C Spider also receives a carbonfibre panel that covers the rollover bar behind the cabin, bespoke single-lens headlights and a new range of alloys – 17-inch versions up front and 18-inch wheels at the rear as standard.
The 4C Spider has a carbonfibre windscreen frame that is bonded and bolted to its carbonfibre monocoque chassis in the quest to keep excess weight down while retaining a similar level of rigidity to the 4C coupe. The glass for both the windscreen and side windows is 10% thinner than on the 4C.
What engines can I choose from?
Power comes from the same mid-mounted turbocharged 1.7-litre four-cylinder engine used by the 4C coupe, which delivers 237bhp.
Alfa Romeo claims the 4C Spider is capable of accelerating from 0-60mph in just 4.1sec. By comparison, the 4C coupé is claimed to hit 62mph in 4.5sec.
How much equipment does it come with?
Alongside the standard and racing exhausts already available on the 4C, the 4C Spider also comes with an optional lightweight Akrapovic exhaust.
It comes with Alfa Romeo’s six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. It offers the driver the choice of four different driving modes: All Weather, Natural, Dynamic and Race – the latter allowing the engagement of a launch control system for maximum off-the-line acceleration.
How much will the 4C Spider cost?
Pricing is being kept under wraps. However, indications are the 4C Spider will command a slightly higher price than the £45,000 4C.
Can I get a discount?
Unlikely. Our Target Price research shows that there is zero discount to be had on a £45,000 4C, something we'd expect to be repeated on the more desirable Spider.
How good are its rivals?
The 4C is a stripped-out performance car devoid of too many creature comforts. The Porsche Boxster, a five-star car, is better to drive than the standard 4C though and more usable everyday.