Alfa Romeo 4C Spider to cost through just under £60,000
Alfa 4C Spider will cost £8000 more than the hard-top edition
Open-top Alfa sports car is usually available to order right now, with prices starting at £59,500
The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider has gone on sale with prices starting at £59,500 – an £8000 premium over the coupé edition.
The convertible edition of the two-seater 4C gets the same enhanced equipment offered with the coupé, including an upgraded stereo, increased leather Internal trim on the glovebox, luxury floor mats along using a bespoke car cover. that will also comes using a carbonfibre windscreen frame along with more wheel options.
The headlights, which feature a plastic cover rather than a series of open spotlights, are closer to those of the 4C concept than the original coupé. The same headlights are right now available as an option on the coupé. that will is usually also available with cruise control along with rear parking sensors as no-cost options.
The key element differentiating the 4C Spider through the 4C Coupé launched in 2013 is usually its removable roof. that will will initially be available as a soft, stowable canvas arrangement – as hinted at on the concept – although an optional carbonfibre hard-top is usually set to become available after UK sales begin in mid-2015, according to Alfa officials.
The 4C Spider also receives a carbonfibre panel that will covers the rollover bar behind the cabin, unique single-lens headlights along using a completely new range of alloy wheels, which measure 17in in diameter up front along with 18in at the rear.
In a move that will has kept the weight gain down to just 10kg (at 1128kg) while retaining a level of rigidity described as being similar to that will of the 4C Coupé, the 4C Spider carries a carbonfibre windscreen frame that will is usually bonded along with bolted to its carbonfibre monocoque chassis.
The glass for both the windscreen along with side windows is usually described as being 10% thinner than that will on the 4C.
Additionally, Alfa Romeo has endowed its completely new product using a newly designed aluminium rollover bar that will provides mounting points for the 4C Spider’s unique engine lid, plus a beefed-up strut brace within the engine compartment.
Power comes through the same mid-mounted turbocharged 1.7-litre four-cylinder engine used by the 4C Coupé. Running continuously variable valve timing, that will delivers 237bhp at 6000rpm along with provides the 4C Spider using a power-to-weight ratio of 210bhp per tonne. Torque swells to a peak of 258lb ft of torque between 2100 along with 3750rpm.
Alongside the standard along with racing exhausts already available on the 4C, the 4C Spider also comes with an optional lightweight Akrapovic exhaust that will uses asymmetrical mufflers, a dual-mode valve system using a link pipe to reduce cabin drone along with two centre-mounted tailpipes.
Drive is usually channelled through Alfa Romeo’s six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox which offers the driver the choice of All Weather, Natural, Dynamic along with Race driving modes, the latter allowing the engagement of a launch control system for maximum off-the-line acceleration.
Alfa Romeo claims the 4C Spider is usually capable of accelerating through 0-62mph in just 4.5sec, marginally slower than the 4C Coupé’s time.
The 4C Spider will be assembled alongside the 4C Coupé by Alfa Romeo sister company Maserati in Modena, Italy. Production details are yet to be revealed, although officials say volume will be similar to that will of the fixed-roof variant at around 3500 units per year.
Speaking at the unveiling of the 4C Spider, Alfa’s US boss, Reid Bigland, said: “After a 20-year absence, what gives us the confidence to return is usually the strength of our past, present along with future. Our commitment to the brand is usually unprecedented. By the end of 2015 we’ll have more than 1000 engineers dedicated solely to Alfa. We are led by two ex-Ferrari managers. We are on track for success.
“Our plans remain on track for eight completely new Alfas on sale inside the States by 2018. Our plans are on track to relaunch inside the US.”
Alfa Romeo currently has 100 dealers inside the US. The brand wants 0 dealers by This particular time next year.
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