Detroit Motor Show 2015: Alfa Romeo 4C Spider {{favouriteCount}} Quantity of Likes

17 Mar 2015

Alfa Romeo has chosen this year’s Detroit Motor Show to show its commitment to pushing ahead in the US by debuting the stunning new 4C Spider.

The 4C was probably the best looking car to come out last year, it may only be small but there’s nothing short of a Lamborghini that will turn more heads and the little pocket rocket costs 1/5th of the big Italian. So it’s amazing how the simple act of removing the centre of the roof panel – after all this is certainly more targa than convertible – makes the 4C immeasurably cooler. In the yellow of these press photos it simply looks incredible.

The biggest difference other than the hole in the roof is the adoption of new fared-in headlights. The multi-pod open light arrangement of the 4C Coupe was arguably its worst feature, even in the optional carbon fibre, so it’s really nice to see the return of a proper set of headlights befitting the beauty of the 4C. There is also a new wheel design and a few new colours to choose from. The roof panel is a folding fabric arrangement at launch; though a split carbon fibre unit (much like that on the Lamborghini Aventador Roadster) will be available a few months after.

Power is the same as in the Coupe, so there’s a 1.75 litre turbocharged four cylinder engine producing 237 bhp and 258 lb/ft of torque driving the rear wheels through a six speed dual clutch gearbox. With the light 1128 kg kerb weight the 0 – 62 mph dash is taken care of in 4.1 seconds. Top speed is expected to be the same as the coupe with the roof on, and slightly lower without.

The 4C Spider goes into production in July this year, and is expected to cost around £50,000.