Alfa Romeo 4C Spider to cost via just under £60,000
Alfa 4C Spider will cost £8000 more than the hard-top type
Open-top Alfa sports car will be 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 type.
The convertible type of the two-seater 4C gets the same enhanced equipment offered with the coupé, including an upgraded stereo, increased leather Indoor trim on the glovebox, luxury floor mats as well as a bespoke car cover. the idea also comes that has a carbonfibre windscreen frame as well as 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. the idea will be also available with cruise control as well as rear parking sensors as no-cost options.
The key element differentiating the 4C Spider via the 4C Coupé launched in 2013 will be its removable roof. the idea will initially be available as a soft, stowable canvas arrangement – as hinted at on the concept – although an optional carbonfibre hard-top will be 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 as well as a brand-new range of alloy wheels, which measure 17in in diameter up front as well as 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 incorporates a carbonfibre windscreen frame that will will be bonded as well as bolted to its carbonfibre monocoque chassis.
The glass for both the windscreen as well as side windows will be described as being 10% thinner than that will on the 4C.
Additionally, Alfa Romeo has endowed its brand-new style that has 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 via the same mid-mounted turbocharged 1.7-litre four-cylinder engine used by the 4C Coupé. Running continuously variable valve timing, the idea delivers 237bhp at 6000rpm as well as provides the 4C Spider that has a power-to-weight ratio of 210bhp per tonne. Torque swells to a peak of 258lb ft of torque between 2100 as well as 3750rpm.
Alongside the standard as well as 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 that has a link pipe to reduce cabin drone as well as two centre-mounted tailpipes.
Drive will be channelled through Alfa Romeo’s six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox which offers the driver the choice of All Weather, Natural, Dynamic as well as 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 will be capable of accelerating via 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 will be the strength of our past, present as well as future. Our commitment to the brand will be 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 brand-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 that will time next year.
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