The 4C has been under development for some time and has caused quite a stir among sport car aficionados. The rumours that one might be in the works proved true when the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider was first displayed at the Geneva Motor Show and then announced as a production vehicle at the Paris Motor Show in October 2014.
The model on display had a rollback style roof, which provoked discussion about what type of roof the Spider should ultimately have. When it appeared in Detroit in January of 2015, the Spider had a removable, storable cloth roof. It had an optional hardtop made of carbon fibre that fit over a contoured aluminium rollbar. This is not surprising as head Alfa designer, Alessandro Maccolini was on record as saying that "it was unacceptable not to have a roof that could be carried in the car."
The specs for the Spider are similar to the Coupe, with a 177kW/350Nm 1.7-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine that has direct injection and dual (intake and exhaust) continuous variable-valve timing (VVT). It will retain the Coupe's twin-clutch transmission with paddle shifters and a gearbox tuned for the Spider that has rev matching, launch control and four driving modes: All weather, Natural, Dynamic and Race. Under the hood, the Spider has the same double-wishbone front suspension and a MacPherson-style at the rear, the same as the coupe.
• The car offers three different exhaust systems including Standard, Racing, and an all-new Akrapovic dual-mode unit, which features titanium construction and centre-mounted exhaust tips.
• To cut cabin noise, the spider will have a special resonator.
• The Spider has a track package similar to the performance features included in the 4C Coupe Limited Edition. It includes performance shock absorbers, forged alloy wheels, and Pirelli P-Zero AR-Racing tyres that are18" in the front and 19" in the back.