Just two engines are now available since production of the Spider ended. The first is the 165bhp 2.0 direct-injection petrol JTS, which develops 165bhp and has a respectable turn of speed. It takes off smartly and allows swift overtaking. Also on offer is the 240bhp 3.2-litre V6, which is much brisker and can sprint from 0-60mph in 6.3 sec.
Alfa Romeo Spider Sports ride & handling
The Spider grips well in the dry and has sharp steering, but what really lets it down is the shake it suffers. Even minor bumps make the body wobble and the ride needs to be more compliant. These problems are more pronounced in the V6 version, which can also struggle to put its power down cleanly.
Alfa Romeo Spider Sports refinement
No complaints with the Spider’s engine refinement. Both sound great when you extend them and settle down to a whisper when you’re in a more relaxed mood. But you hear plenty of other noises, even with the roof up. A fair degree of wind noise creeps into the cabin and you also suffer road rumble – even at modest speeds.