Alfa Romeo to reveal 8C Spider

* Convertible version of 8C to be shown * Car makes its debut at Geneva motor show * Only 500 8C Spiders to be built...

Alfa Romeo to reveal 8C Spider

Alfa Romeo will unveil the convertible version of its arresting 8C Competizione sports car at next month's Geneva motor show.

The 8C Spider shares the same engine as the coupe, a 4.7-litre V8 that produces 450bhp. All that power reaches the wheels through a Formula 1-style six-speed paddle-shift gearbox.

The car has a fabric roof, which is deployed electrically by touching a button on the dashboard, and the roof can be personalised in various colours to suit the car's body colour.

Prices haven't been revealed, but the Coupe costs 110,000, so it'll be considerably more than that.

In any case, it's probably academic - Alfa Romeo is only making 500 8C Spiders, and, if the coupe is anything to go by, they will probably be sold out before it goes on sale.