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Alfa Romeo 4C Spider Unveiled

Sports coupe loses its top, but not its performance.

Scott Burgess
Jan 11, 2015

Little Miss Muffet would fall off her tuffet and throw her curds and whey into the trash if this particular Spider drove up beside her. Nobody can drive very well while eating cottage cheese.

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider front three quarter Photo 2/87   |   2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

The second Alfa is about to come to America: The 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider. There’s very little difference between the 4C and its open-air Spider version. Structurally, Alfa did not have to change very much because of the strength of the 4C’s underpinnings -- The convertible only gained 22 pounds compared to the extremely lightweight hardtop 4C.

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2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider rear end 02 Photo 3/87   |   2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

This Spider is just as fast, just as nimble and just as freakishly beautiful as its brother from another design table. It has the same carbon fiber and aluminum construction. It still has the mid-engine aluminum 1.7-liter direct injection turbocharged four-cylinder engine and all of the bells and whistles that come with it.

Alfa says that everything the regular 4C can do, the Spider can do as well. A few claimed performance numbers include a 0-60 mph time of 4.1 seconds and 1.1g lateral acceleration.

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider side Photo 10/87   |   2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

The 4C Spider will include paddle shifters, Alfa’s driver-selectable modes, track package, and that incredible manual steering. But unlike the regular 4C, the Spider will feature the all-new Akrapovic dual-mode exhaust system, which includes two-center mounted tailpipes, computer optimized asymmetrical mufflers with dual mode exhaust valve system and a resonator to quiet in cabin droning, according to Alfa (There will also be a standard exhaust system and racing system).

The six-speed twin-clutch automatic system has been tuned for the Spider and will likely include those quick, hard shifts (130 milliseconds) at full throttle. It’s a thing of raw beauty.

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider front end in motion 03 Photo 17/87   |   2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

The coolest feature on the 4C is the way the soft top can open and close, moving effortlessly back and forth. Drivers can open and close the roof at nearly any speed, and certainly at any legal speed in America.

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider front end Photo 18/87   |   2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

There is also a carbon fiber hard top option that makes sense for winter driving. The hardtop cannot be stored in the car, so once removed, it should be placed on a garage shelf. All told, there will be six wheel choices, seven exterior colors and six interior choices, according to Alfa officials. They expect to sell about 3000 units worldwide this year.

The Spider will arrive this summer in the U.S.and is just one of eight new Alfas planned to be introduced by 2018. Another Alfa will come later this year, but officials haven’t said which one. If you’re putting down money, the smart bet is on a midsize sedan.

By Scott Burgess
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