Alfa Romeo has confirmed that its 4C Spider will arrive on Aussie shores in November this year.

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If you didn’t already know, the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider is the convertible version of the lithe 4C Coupe. Purists may say that transforming a coupe to a convertible is unachievable without losing significant performance, but Alfa begs to differ. The Italian manufacturer claims that the carbon-fibre monocoque chassis endows the car with sufficient structural rigidity without adding much weight; braking, lateral acceleration and weight distribution are also said to remain undiluted.

Like the Spider’s hard-top sibling, the Alfa 4C Spider has a mid-mounted, all-aluminium 1750cc engine that is directly-injected, turbocharged, and is equipped with dual variable-valve timing.

The Alfa’s interior aims to appear stylish, yet race-oriented, with two composite-framed sport seats, partially-exposed carbon-fibre monocoque, leather steering wheel with paddle-shifters and aluminium pedals.

“The all-new 4C Spider builds on Alfa Romeo’s proud heritage of motorsport success and cutting-edge technology, offering an open-air driving experience that is pure excitement,” said FCA Australia President and CEO Pat Dougherty.

Sitting behind you is the engine. The four-cylinder produces 177kW and 350Nm of torque, sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Zero to 100km/h acceleration is achieved in a claimed 4.5sec. In collaboration with Akraprovic, the 4C, and 4C spider will be available with a dual-mode titanium exhaust to reduce weight and provide a more aggressive engine note under heavy acceleration.

As Alfa Romeo puts it, “With seating for two, panoramic views and the soundtrack of an Italian performance-tuned engine and exhaust, Spiders are among the most exhilarating experiences in motoring – and represent the very core of Alfa Romeo’s DNA and heritage.”

Alfa Romeo is playing coy on the 4C Spider’s pricing, though will provide more detail as the launch date approaches. Stay tuned.

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