The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider has been unveiled in prototype form at the Geneva motor show. Designed by the Alfa Romeo Style Centre, the Spider sports a canvas roof, different headlights, wheels and exhaust design to the coupé. It will go in to production in early 2015.
Alfa say the car’s weight gain is 60kg over the coupé and that it has crafted the aerodynamics of the car to minimize roof-down turbulence. The low-density Sheet Moulding Compound bodywork has been rebuilt around the rear deck to replace the back, and carbon fiber is visible throughout the open cockpit.
The new dual-stage central exhaust system developed by Akrapovic uses titanium and carbon tailpipes. The exhaust has an electrically operated valve system that can improve performance and enhance the exhaust note at the push of a button.
The 4C Spider is identical to the coupé, with power derived from the same four-cylinder, all-aluminium, 1750cc turbocharged petrol engine driving the rear wheels via a six-speed, dual-dry clutch Alfa TCT transmission. Alfa Romeo say 0-62mph takes 4.5sec and top speed is in excess of 155mph – the same as the coupé.
Though billed as a “Design Preview”, the 4C Spider is set to go into production in early 2015. We just want to know if Alfa Romeo will bring this to North America.