Open-top baby supercar to arrive in Australia late-2015
As if the closed-roof Alfa 4C wasn’t sexy enough, Alfa Romeo has revealed its production-ready 4C Spider at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit… and it’s due in Australian dealerships late in 2015.
Building on the coupe’s mid-mounted, all-aluminium 1750cc turbocharged engine and dual-clutch transmission, the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider gains a host of bespoke styling details including a carbon fibre windshield frame, carbon fibre hard top and optional Akrapovič dual-mode exhaust that uses twin centrally-mounted tips in a carbon surround.
Said to be inspired by the legendary 33 stradale in its style, lightweight construction and mid-mounted ‘heart’, the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider hides its 176kW/350Nm four-pot under a heat-extracting decklid (mounted via a bespoke aluminium rollbar) and subtle – but aero effective – spoiler. Seven exterior colour options are available, including the new Giallo seen in these images, and four new wheel designs have been added; the 4C Spider coming standard with 17-inch front and 18-inch rear rims. Larger 18-inch front and 19-inch rear options are also available.
Inside the 4C Spider has a full-wrapped leather interior as standard, with beautiful touches such as the unique carbon fibre vent surrounds. An Alpine premium stereo system is also new for 2015.
The Alfa 4C Spider’s body is made entirely of sheet moulded compound, said to be 20 per cent lighter and structurally more rigid than regular steel. For the Spider, Alfa engineers used 10 per cent thinner side window glass to further minimise weight gain.
The coupe’s unpowered steering and Track Package availability are further suggestions that the 4C Spider will not be the performance compromise some other open-top variants become.
After a particularly long gestation the 4C Coupe is expected in Australia before summer is out. Let’s hope the Spider arrives before the next summer is in.