The prestigious Geneva motor show is nearly upon us, and one of the cars that will be making its European debut there is the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider. With an emphasis on aesthetics, lightness and overall simplicity, the car, which was first revealed at the Detroit motor show, will be unveiled alongside its slick stablemate, the Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe, but the general feeling is that it’s the Spider that is going to be the real eye-catcher, stepping out of the Coupe’s shadow to hog the limelight. Let’s take a closer look at what it will be offering.
Pace and Performance
Although the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider hasn’t been away from the European market for too long, it has actually spent 20 years away from the US market. The reactions upon its Detroit unveiling? Unanimous applause. This is a really nifty twin-seater roadster that comes powered by a turbocharged 1.7-litre four pot engine that develops 237bhp, and has a 210bhp per tonne power-to-weight ratio. And whilst its Coupe bro can boast 0-60mph times of 4.1 seconds, so, too, can the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider. It’s a pure exhibitionist, a top performer that is boosted by an optional Akrapovic titanium exhaust system that drivers can select depending on the conditions and their temperament. It’s also lighter than before, with the weight down to 107kg, whilst the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider comes with a six-speed dual clutch automatic gear box that presents four driving modes: Natural, All Weather, Dynamic and Race.
Unique Selling Points
Naturally, buyers are going to be interested to know what distinguishes the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider from the 4C Coupe, with the obvious difference being the removable roof. Upon launch, buyers will only be able to get their hands on a soft top, but a carbon fibre hard-top is expected to be available once UK sales are in full flow, with the brand suggesting that it could be available as early as June 2015. Because of the roof, this car’s drag coefficient has had to be extended, making it marginally longer than on the Coupe. Other differences in the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider include a carbon fibre panel for the new Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, which does a good job at cloaking the rollover bar found at the back of the cabin, as well as single-lens headlights that you won’t find elsewhere, a brand new set of alloys, and thinner windscreen and side windows glass.
Poster Boy Looks
The 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider looks like a pure roadster through and through, with Alfa Romeo Centro Stile doing an excellent job in their Maserati plant to create the kind of smooth yet aggressive look that racier enthusiasts will stick on the insides of their lockers. Yes, that’s how gorgeous this low-set, poster boy for 2015 is. Cristiano Ronaldo, eat your heart out! Inside, buyers are treated to a brand new audio system that allows for Bluetooth connectivity, as well as up-to-date music streaming for the more technological savvy among us. Should you want, you can lavish your interior in premium leather that comes with superb accent stitching, as well as carbon fibre vent surrounds. If this doesn’t sound like something you’d fancy, you get the option of a more conventional tan leather interior inside a new Alfa Romeo 4C Spider for the first time ever.
Facts and Figures
The price range for the new Alfa Romeo 4C Spider is expected to start at around £59,000, which makes its starter price £8,000 more expensive than a Coupe. Standard equipment across the range includes the Alfa Hi-Fi sound system, Bi-LED headlamps, luxury floor mats, and a car cover (all of which were previously optional), whilst FREE options this time around include parking sensors and cruise control. The increase of standard specs has no doubt contributed to the bigger price tag. Giallo paint will be added to the list of options as the year wears on.
There is no doubt that excitement is growing to almost feverish levels for the new Alfa Romeo 4C Spider. Summer is on its way, and what better way to get in the mood by indulging in a car that could easily end up being the open-roofed, two-seater roadster of the year? If you’re looking to polish off some summer jaunts this year in a super slick roadster, with a cool breeze lapping at your hair and not a care in the world, we really can’t think of a better way to do it than in one of these. Pass the sun tan lotion …2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider
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